1/2/69 — While police in Newark, New Jersey, are confiscating a shipment of the "pornographic" Lennon/Ono album Two Virgins, filming for Let It Be begins at Twickenham Film Studios.
1/10/69 — During a lunch break at Twickenham Film Studios, George Harrison quits the Beatles. The same night he relents.
1/17/69 — The Yellow Submarine soundtrack album is released.
1/30/69 — The Beatles make their final public appearance — a free lunchtime concert on the roof of Apple Records in London.
Alan Parsons (Sound Engineer) — To see the Beatles playing together and getting an instant feedback from the people around them, five cameras on the roof, cameras across the road, in the road, it was just unbelievable ... a magic, magic day.
Paul McCartney — Our roadie, Mal, came creeping, trying to keep out the camera and say, "The police are complaining. You've got to stop." We said, "We're not stopping! Keep going." And he came up and said, "The police are going to arrest you." "Good end to the film, let 'em do it!" Great, you know?
Jean Nisbet — It was all very friendly, and despite the groans from the screaming girls, it all came to a halt — and the West End went back to work. None of us realized we'd just seen the last of the Beatles.
2/3/69 — American entrepreneur Allen Klein, against the wishes of Paul McCartney, assumes control of the Beatles' finances.
2/4/69 — In response to the hiring of Klein, McCartney appoints Eastman and Eastman as general counsel to Apple Records. The firm is owned by the father of McCartney's girlfriend, Linda Eastman.
3/12/69 — Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman at Marylebone Registry Office.
3/20/69 — John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
5/26/69 — John and Yoko start a 10-day bed-in for world peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal.
5/30/69 — The Beatles release Lennon's autobiographical single, "The Ballad of John and Yoko."
5/31/69 — On the last day of the Montreal bed-in, John and Yoko record "Give Peace a Chance."
7/12/69 — "The Ballad of John and Yoko" is banned by half the top 40 AM radio stations in America, because the line "Christ, you know it ain't easy," is deemed blasphemous.
9/13/69 — On the plane to Toronto, where the Plastic Ono Band is to play in the Rock 'n' Roll Revival Concert, John Lennon makes a startling announcement.
John Lennon — I told Eric Clapton and Klaus [Voorman] that I was leaving [the Beatles] then, but that I would probably like to use them as a group. I hadn't decided how to do it — to have a permanent new group or what ...
9/22/69 — The Illinois University newspaper Northern Star publishes a rumor that Paul McCartney is dead, listing clues on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album and the words "I buried Paul" in the fade-out of "Strawberry Fields Forever."
9/26/69 — When Abbey Road is released, the cover shot of Paul, barefoot and in black, sparks further rumors of his demise.
10/4/69 — Abbey Road begins an 11-week run at No. 1 in the U.K.
10/6/69 — The Beatles release a double-A-sided single, "Something"/"Come Together." This is the first time a George Harrison song has been the A-side of a Beatles single.
10/20/69 — John and Yoko release The Wedding Album.
10/22/69 — Paul McCartney publicly denies rumors that he is dead.
11/1/69 — The Beatles' Abbey Road album hits No. 1 in the U.S. and stays there for 11 weeks.
11/29/69 — "Something"/"Come Together" ascends to the U.S. No. 1 single slot.