"Our World" was the first live, international, satellite television production, and it broadcast to over 400 million viewers across the globe. It happened 53 years ago today, on June 25, 1967. The signal was carried by four satellites 23,000 miles above the earth, the Intelsat I (Early Bird) and The Intelsat III (Canary Bird) satellites over the Atlantic Ocean and NASA's ATS-1 and The Intelsat II (Lani Bird) satellites over the Pacific. They showed a number of features across the participating countries, but one of the most famous what the British contribution with the BBC.
In London, The Beatles performed their classic anthem "All You Need Is Love," strumming and singing with others sitting on the floor or standing nearby, including Mick Jaggar. This recording is why today is World Beatles Day. I'm playing the song on the air today too, but you can watch the performance right here, below. Enjoy!
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By the way, if you want to see how the rest of the show looked (in black & white), here's the first 30 minutes, which doesn't include the Beatles piece: