The Beatles at a recording session in London. (l-r) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. *12/08/2000 The 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was being commemorated Friday December 8th, 2000, with a blue plaque unveiled at his suburban childhood home. Lennon lived at the small semi-detached house in Woolton, Liverpool, from the age of five until 1963, when the 23-year-old achieved worldwide fame with the Beatles. * 12/11/2000: The band will unleash an album widely expected to become one of the biggest sellers of all time. With 80 minutes of music on it, the album, entitled 1, is the first collection of greatest hits they have released and comes three decades after the band split. * 30/11/2001: It has been announced, George Harrison, the Beatles' quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer has died, a longtime family friend told The Associated Press. Harrison, who wrote While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes the Sun, was 58.
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh celebrates the end of the Edinburgh International Festival with fireworks concert music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with a choreographed firework display set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
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Royalty - Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee
The Queen after a tree planting in the Borders town of Lauder, Scotland. The Queen was today rounding off her 1, 000-mile Golden Jubilee tour of Scotland. * The royal couple's visit to Lauder coincides with the town's 500th anniversary as a Royal Borough, a status bestowed on it by King James IV of Scotland in 1492.