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John Lennon marries Yoko Ono

On March 20th 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. The couple had tried unsuccessfully to tie the knot in Paris a few days earlier, but they were required to be residing in France for at least 2 weeks before they could be wed there. 

Apple Employee Peter Brown called up John and Yoko and advised them to go to Gibraltar for the wedding. It was a British colony located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, and as John was a British citizen, the couple wouldn't be faced with the same issues they had in France and Germany.

"We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married, but they wouldn't do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks' residence in Germany or two weeks' in France were required." - John Lennon
"We went there and it was beautiful. It's the Pillar of Hercules, and also symbolically they called it the End of the World at one period. There's some name besides Pillar of Hercules - but they thought the world outside was a mystery from there, so it was like the Gateway to the World. So we liked it in the symbolic sense, and the Rock foundation of our relationship." - John Lennon
John, Yoko and Kyoko, March 20th 1969.

John, Yoko and Kyoko, March 20th 1969.

The Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe single, 1969.

The Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe single, 1969.

John Lennon would go on to write a song documenting his experience with Yoko, The Ballad of John and Yoko. Paul and John recorded the track at Abbey Road on April 14th 1969, and it was released as a Beatles' single on May 30th.

"Finally made the plane into Paris
Honeymooning down by the Seine
Peter Brown called to say
You can make it OK
You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain"
- The Ballad of John and Yoko
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, March 20th 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, March 20th 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, March 20th 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, March 20th 1969.