Large Statues Around the World

The Great Sphinx, Big Buddha, Michelangelo's David -- they're not the only big statues out there. Take a look at these other large, yet lesser-known statues from around the world.

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

The Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City, KS, contains a boot worn during a notorious murder that shook a small town to its core and inspired an American literary masterpiece by one of the nation’s most celebrated writers, Truman Capote. 960 1280

  

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

On November 16, 1959, 15-year-old Nancy Clutter and her mother, father and brother were bound with rope and shot to death inside their home in Holcomb, KS. After plotting for months to rob the Clutters, the men became enraged when a safe wasn’t found in the farmhouse. 960 1280

  

Moon Runners

Moon Runners

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, GA, displays a polished car that reveals the mischievous beginning of a mainstream pastime, when cars just like the one on display were souped-up for more than just speed. 960 1280

  

Moon Runners

Moon Runners

This car pictured above belonged to 19-year-old Raymond Parks who was responsible for running one of the largest bootlegging operations in the South after the end of Prohibition. 960 1280

  

Civil War Prostitutes

Civil War Prostitutes

At the height of industrial prosperity in the 1860s, the small town of Smokey Row -- a known area for area in Nashville, TN -- became the location of one of the worst venereal disease outbreaks in US history, leading to the first professional pimp to license prostitutes after weekly exams. 960 1280

  

Civil War Prostitutes

Civil War Prostitutes

National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD, has in its collection a glass vial filled with one of the most sought-after treatments of the 19th century, which snuffed out a debilitating epidemic of venereal disease. 960 1280

  

Toxic Lady

Toxic Lady

The Discovery Center at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, has in its collection a dossier documenting a case that paralyzed a local hospital, baffling doctors and scientists for years. This toxic medical mystery took an emergency room by storm, spreading panic in its wake. 960 1280

  

Toxic Lady

Toxic Lady

In February of 1994, 30-year-old Gloria Ramirez was admitted to the emergency room in Riverside, CA. But when doctors and nurses starting passing out due to the garlic odor coming from the patient's mouth, Dr. Patrick Grant stepped in and determined the actual cause: a chemical reaction with the patient’s cancer medication. 960 1280

  

Art Hoax

Art Hoax

The Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California-Los Angeles has within its walls a colorful canvas that hides an artful truth. Once regarded as the trailblazing work of an up-and-coming talent, the piece had a hidden agenda. 960 1280

  

Art Hoax

Art Hoax

If you were a fan of fine art in the 1920s, Chicago was definitely the place to be. After his wife failed as an artist, writer Paul Jordan Smith decided to see if he could fool the art world with an elaborate hoax. 960 1280

  

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Located in Culver City, CA, the Wende Museum has in its collection a small rubber stamp that possessed the power to transform people’s lives, representing the difference between oppression and freedom. 960 1280

  

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, Harold Jaeger was standing his post at the Berlin Wall in an attempt to keep people from defecting communist East Berlin for democratic West Berlin. And with one brave decision by one brave soldier, the Berlin Wall came crashing down. 960 1280

  

Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

Fleeing the Midwest winters, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum spent time soaking up the Southern California sunshine at the fairytale-like Hotel del Coronado . In fact, it's been said that the "Emerald City" of Coronado inspired another -- the magical land of Oz. The author was allegedly inspired by the hotel's lush green grounds and famous red turrets while writing several books in the series there. Inside the soaring tower, guests can still see the 4 crown-shaped chandeliers designed by Baum. Visitors can also stroll past the quaint yellow house he rented during his stays. 960 1280

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the southwest region of Bavaria, Germany, to see the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Neuschwanstein Castle, a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria, was designed to pay homage to German composer Richard Wagner. 960 1280

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The Serengeti

The Serengeti

Hakuna matata! Relive the magic of “The Lion King,” and travel to the Serengeti in Africa. The 12,000-square-mile region extends from north Tanzania into southwestern Kenya. Lions, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the wildlife in the popular safari destination. 960 1280

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Lohr, Germany

Lohr, Germany

Germany’s charming town of Lohr is said to have helped inspire the Brothers Grimm’s epic story of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. Lohr, located between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, an area wealthy in spinning magical tales. The Main River borders the town which is also surrounded on all 3 sides by the dense and intensely green Spessart Forest. 960 1280

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Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

After a trip to the Chateau de Chambord, the creators of “Beauty and the Beast” decided to revamp the initial version of the film. One of the changes was to make the real-life castle the fairytale home of the Beast. Be the belle of the ball and visit the largest chateau in the France’s Loire Valley. King Francois I constructed the castle to be near his mistress Comtesse de Thoury, Claude Rohan. You really can’t tell from the outside, but the castle was never completed. 960 1280

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Baghdad

Baghdad

Take a magic carpet ride to Baghdad, a city that has inspired storytellers to write fairy tales about genies and magic lamps. Even though it’s not known as a popular travel destination, Iraq’s capital city is one of several locations mentioned in the Arabian folktale “One Thousand and One Nights.” It also inspired the exciting adventures of Disney characters Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. 960 1280

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New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

In a dog’s world, New Haven, CT, might be the perfect getaway for puppy love. The New England town is where love bloomed for Disney’s star-crossed lovers, Lady and the Tramp. 960 1280

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Ziegenhain, Germany

Ziegenhain, Germany

Ziegenhain, considered the capital city of Germany’s Fairy Tale Road, is also home to Little Red Riding Hood. Travelers visiting the city will see residents in costume, including red hoods. Prior to the Brothers Grimm and Disney’s interpretations, Little Red Riding Hood was a violent moral tale designed to keep young women on a righteous path. Even though there have been several versions of the folktale, we still have a few words of wisdom --beware the wolf. 960 1280

Andreas, Flickr  

Brothers Grimm Tour

Brothers Grimm Tour

Authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are well-known story tellers, whose work include “Cinderella,” “Rumpelstiltskin, “The Frog Prince” and “Hansel and Gretel.” The Brothers Grimm Memorial is located in Hanau, Germany, and it’s also the starting point for the German Fairy Tale Road. The fun, road trip route runs from Hanau to Bremen, where the Jacob and Wilhelm were born. Tourist attractions along the road are focused around the famous brothers. 960 1280

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Trendelburg Tower

Trendelburg Tower

The famous words, “Repunzel, Repunzel, let down your hair,” were uttered from the tower of the Trendelburg Castle aka Repunzel’s Tower --or at least that’s according to the Brothers Grimm’s folktale. Located in the Germany’s Hesse region near the Diemel River, Trendelburg is home to just over 5,000 people. The Trendelburg Fortress dates back to the 1300s and is now a hotel and restaurant. It’s a great pit stop if you’re traveling along Fairy Tale Road. 960 1280

Stefan Lehmann, Flickr  

Disney World

Disney World

Make your dreams come true, and visit Disney World in Orlando, FL. The fairytale amusement park was designed to inspire kids of all ages with uniquely themed areas, including Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Walt Disney brought famous fairy tales to life at his franchise of family-friendly theme parks. 960 1280

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Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

We can’t forget about Hans Christian Andersen, the renowned author who wrote several children stories, including “The Snow Queen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Little Match Girl” and “The Ugly Duckling .” Fans of Hans can visit an entire museum --located in Copenhagen, Denmark-- dedicated to the famous storyteller. 960 1280

Dean C.K. Cox  

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Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

Fleeing the Midwest winters, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum spent time soaking up the Southern California sunshine at the fairytale-like Hotel del Coronado . In fact, it's been said that the "Emerald City" of Coronado inspired another -- the magical land of Oz. The author was allegedly inspired by the hotel's lush green grounds and famous red turrets while writing several books in the series there. Inside the soaring tower, guests can still see the 4 crown-shaped chandeliers designed by Baum. Visitors can also stroll past the quaint yellow house he rented during his stays. 960 1280

Joanne DiBona, SanDiego.org  

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the southwest region of Bavaria, Germany, to see the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Neuschwanstein Castle, a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria, was designed to pay homage to German composer Richard Wagner. 960 1280

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The Serengeti

The Serengeti

Hakuna matata! Relive the magic of “The Lion King,” and travel to the Serengeti in Africa. The 12,000-square-mile region extends from north Tanzania into southwestern Kenya. Lions, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the wildlife in the popular safari destination. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Lohr, Germany

Lohr, Germany

Germany’s charming town of Lohr is said to have helped inspire the Brothers Grimm’s epic story of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. Lohr, located between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, an area wealthy in spinning magical tales. The Main River borders the town which is also surrounded on all 3 sides by the dense and intensely green Spessart Forest. 960 1280

PetrusSilesius, Wikimedia Commons  

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

After a trip to the Chateau de Chambord, the creators of “Beauty and the Beast” decided to revamp the initial version of the film. One of the changes was to make the real-life castle the fairytale home of the Beast. Be the belle of the ball and visit the largest chateau in the France’s Loire Valley. King Francois I constructed the castle to be near his mistress Comtesse de Thoury, Claude Rohan. You really can’t tell from the outside, but the castle was never completed. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Baghdad

Baghdad

Take a magic carpet ride to Baghdad, a city that has inspired storytellers to write fairy tales about genies and magic lamps. Even though it’s not known as a popular travel destination, Iraq’s capital city is one of several locations mentioned in the Arabian folktale “One Thousand and One Nights.” It also inspired the exciting adventures of Disney characters Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

In a dog’s world, New Haven, CT, might be the perfect getaway for puppy love. The New England town is where love bloomed for Disney’s star-crossed lovers, Lady and the Tramp. 960 1280

Tony Fischer, Flickr  

Ziegenhain, Germany

Ziegenhain, Germany

Ziegenhain, considered the capital city of Germany’s Fairy Tale Road, is also home to Little Red Riding Hood. Travelers visiting the city will see residents in costume, including red hoods. Prior to the Brothers Grimm and Disney’s interpretations, Little Red Riding Hood was a violent moral tale designed to keep young women on a righteous path. Even though there have been several versions of the folktale, we still have a few words of wisdom --beware the wolf. 960 1280

Andreas, Flickr  

Brothers Grimm Tour

Brothers Grimm Tour

Authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are well-known story tellers, whose work include “Cinderella,” “Rumpelstiltskin, “The Frog Prince” and “Hansel and Gretel.” The Brothers Grimm Memorial is located in Hanau, Germany, and it’s also the starting point for the German Fairy Tale Road. The fun, road trip route runs from Hanau to Bremen, where the Jacob and Wilhelm were born. Tourist attractions along the road are focused around the famous brothers. 960 1280

Ygrek, Wikimedia Commons  

Trendelburg Tower

Trendelburg Tower

The famous words, “Repunzel, Repunzel, let down your hair,” were uttered from the tower of the Trendelburg Castle aka Repunzel’s Tower --or at least that’s according to the Brothers Grimm’s folktale. Located in the Germany’s Hesse region near the Diemel River, Trendelburg is home to just over 5,000 people. The Trendelburg Fortress dates back to the 1300s and is now a hotel and restaurant. It’s a great pit stop if you’re traveling along Fairy Tale Road. 960 1280

Stefan Lehmann, Flickr  

Disney World

Disney World

Make your dreams come true, and visit Disney World in Orlando, FL. The fairytale amusement park was designed to inspire kids of all ages with uniquely themed areas, including Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Walt Disney brought famous fairy tales to life at his franchise of family-friendly theme parks. 960 1280

Disney  

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

We can’t forget about Hans Christian Andersen, the renowned author who wrote several children stories, including “The Snow Queen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Little Match Girl” and “The Ugly Duckling .” Fans of Hans can visit an entire museum --located in Copenhagen, Denmark-- dedicated to the famous storyteller. 960 1280

Dean C.K. Cox  

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The French Riviera

The French Riviera

The French Riviera is the setting for the annual Cannes Film Festival that brings Hollywood heavies to the picturesque waterfront town each year in May. 960 1280

Photo by JamieJohn through Flickr Creative Commons  

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

A broad view of Cannes prior to the annual film festival in France. 960 1280

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66th Annual Cannes Film Fest

66th Annual Cannes Film Fest

A poster of legendary actors (and real-life duo) Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is unveiled in advance of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. 960 1280

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Cannes' Picture-Perfect Beaches

Cannes' Picture-Perfect Beaches

Located in France's Côte D'Azur (French Riviera), the annual Cannes International Film Festival draws Hollywood's elite and in the summer months the same beautiful crowd comes to enjoy the town's picture-perfect beaches and chic resorts. 960 1280

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Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

When not taking in the stars and films, visitors to the Venice Film Festival can navigate the canals courtesy of a gondola ride and take a stroll over the Rialto Bridge. 960 1280

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Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day event held every January in Park City, UT, showcasing independent movies from all over the world. Named for Robert Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the festival has seen Redford play an integral part in building the festival's status over the years. 960 1280

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Park City's Main Street

Park City's Main Street

Snowy Main Street is a hub of activity during the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. 960 1280

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Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

The crowd buzzes at the Berlinale-Palast for the opening night of the Berlin International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Workers erect the largest outdoor airscreen, which is 39 feet high and 79 feet wide in Asia at the Tamar site during the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca, one of downtown Manhattan's hippest neighborhoods, hosts the annual Tribeca Film Festival each year in the spring. 960 1280

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Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Film lovers line up to hear actor-director Clint Eastwood and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky at the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series at the April 2013 festival in NYC. 960 1280

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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Actors, filmmakers and other industry insiders head to Toronto each fall for the Toronto International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall

Workers prepare the red carpet area at Roy Thomson Hall for the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. 960 1280

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Help From My Friends

The Beatles, affectionately known as the “Fab Four,” were born in Liverpool, England between the years of 1940 and1943. However, it wasn't until about 20 years later that they would use their musical influence to take the world by storm, causing an entire generation to take notice, and changing the face of music forever.

Did You Know? George Harrison - Feb. 25, 1943 - 12 Arnold Grove (upper left)
John Lennon - Oct. 9, 1940 - 251 Menlove Ave (upper right)
Paul McCartney - June 18, 1942 - 20 Forthlin Rd (lower left)
Ringo Starr - July 7, 1940 - 10 Admiral Grove (lower right)
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Eleanor Rigby

On July 6, 1957, McCartney went to see a local band, The Quarrymen, perform at the village festival at St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. It was on that fateful day that he met front man, John Lennon.

Did You Know? The cemetery at St. Peter's Parish Church is the final resting place of Eleanor Rigby. Initially, the iconic song, “Eleanor Rigby,” was written about a Miss Daisy Hawkins but McCartney felt the song required a name fit for a spinster. He took the name “Eleanor” from the actress that worked in the film, “Help!,” and “Rigby” from the name of a shop in town. McCartney later said that he may have also been subconsciously influenced by the name on the gravestone.
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Penny Lane

The song “Penny Lane” was written as part fact and part nostalgia about a bus roundabout in the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool.

Did You Know? There is still a bank, a barber shop and a "shelter in the middle of a roundabout."
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I've Got a Feeling

Before replacing Pete Best for Ringo Starr in Aug. 1962, the Beatles began to make a name for themselves in Hamburg, Germany. Their stay in Germany was cut short after George Harrison was deported, but they returned shortly after for a 2 month stint at the Star Club after learning their friend and original bassist, Stu Sutcliffe, had died.

Did You Know? It's been said that the Gretel & Alfons Cafe, located a few doors from the Star Club, was the Beatles' favorite late night hangout spot in Germany.
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Want to Hold Your Hand

On Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show, setting Beatlemania into motion and redefining what it meant to be a pop/rock star forever.

Did You Know? 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles iconic performance. At the time, it was the most watched program in American TV history with 73 million viewers.
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Here, There, Everywhere

The Plaza Hotel, located at 5th Avenue on Central Park South, was a popular, upscale hotel in NYC where the band would stay while in the states. Upon their arrival to the hotel, to the dismay of the hotel staff, the band was always greeted by screaming teenagers that could be heard from all over the city.

Did You Know? The Plaza Hotel is located just 1.5 miles from Strawberry Fields in Central Park, site of the "Imagine" memorial commemorating the life of John Lennon.
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Strawberry Fields

Located on Beaconsfield Road, a short distance from Lennon’s childhood home, Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children’s home where Lennon would attend summer garden parties and would play in the heavily-wooded grounds with his friends.

Did You Know? At the end of the record you can faintly hear Lennon saying words that sound similar to "I buried Paul." As later explained by the band, the words were actually "cranberry sauce," however, during the "Paul is Dead" hoax, fans felt that this was Lennon's way of saying he buried his friend.
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A Day in the Life

Between Feb. 1961 and Aug. 1963, the Beatles brought rock ‘n' roll in England to new heights, playing nearly 300 shows at the Cavern Club, a tiny cellar club on Mathew Street in downtown Liverpool. After performing at the Cavern Club, the boys would head over to the Jacaranda Club on Slater Street for a nightcap. The club was owned by the Beatles first manager, Allan Williams.

Did You Know? The Cavern Club still operates 7 days a week, and hosts an array of live performances. It also is the final destination on London's Magical Mystery Tour.
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Come Together

After making the move from Liverpool to London in the summer of 1963, the Beatles lived together at the Hotel President in Bloomsbury.

Did You Know? Shortly after, in the fall of 1963, the "Fab Four" moved into a flat at 57 Green St - the only true home shared by the Beatles.
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All My Loving

Women of all ages -- pre-teens to the elderly -- were wild for the Beatles. Everyone loved them, and they loved everyone. However, in 1966, that love started to fade. The band began to receive death threats, fans were getting injured, and the crowds became so loud that their songs couldn’t be heard. On Aug. 29, 1966, the Beatles gave their final "official" live performance as a band at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

Did You Know? The concert was captured in color by a 15-year-old boy named Barry Hood. Most of Hood’s original footage still remains unseen by the public nearly 50 years later.
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Abbey Road

Between the years of 1962 and 1970, the Beatles recorded nearly all of their music at EMI Studios, located at 3 Abbey Rd in the St. John’s Wood district of northwest London. After the release of their iconic album, which features cover art of the Fab Four crossing an intersection of Abbey Road, the studio was renamed to honor the international fame and success of the Beatles.

Did You Know? Only 2 or 3 Beatles members were present at the time of recording Abbey Road. This was partially due to Lennon's auto accident and because of creative differences between Lennon and McCartney.
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A Hard Day's Night

“A Hard Day's Night” was the first film starring the Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. Considered to be one of the most influential musical films of all time, the black and white comedy film portrays several days in the lives of rock ‘n' roll's original boy band. The Marylebone Train Station (pictured above) was the setting for the memorable opening scenes of the film.

Did You Know? The Beatles may be the most iconic musicians of all time, but they also earned their stripes as funny, witty and charismatic actors who starred in many films.
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Ballad of John & Yoko

After splitting from the Beatles, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono moved from London to NYC in 1973, moving into the infamous Dakota Building. On the fateful night of Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was assassinated in the entranceway of the Dakota.

Did You Know? Lennon and Ono met at The Scotch of St. James in Westminster, London (known today as the Directors Lodge Club), during an art show featuring Ono’s work in Nov. 1966.
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Hello, Goodbye

In Jan. 1968, the Beatles purchased the property at 3 Savile Row in London to act as headquarters to Apple Corps, a multimedia corporation founded by the Beatles. Apple Studio, where the Beatles recorded and produced their 12th and final album, was located in the property’s basement.

Did You Know? 3 Savile Row was also the location of the band's final 'public' performance -- a 42-minute set on the rooftop of Apple.
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