It's been much discussed this week that today marks the 40th anniversary of the brief photo shoot in north London that produced the Abbey Road album cover. Here are two articles on the subject.
I'm not sure what more there is to say about the image: it's simple, it's legendary, it's poignant, it's symbolic, it's triumphant. It gave added significance to zebra street crossings. It helped fuel the "Paul is dead" rumor-mongering. It showed John, Paul, George, and Ringo still as a band, still as The Beatles, though the end of their union was close at hand. And it's the cover of friggin Abbey Road, one of the greatest albums of all-time. This richness of history and meaning has as its genesis August 8, 1969, and it's the reason why that date is so worthy of note.
P.S. Last November, I did a post on a Wired article that explored the origins of zebra crossings. Here's the link.