On this Date In 1971: At the 43rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, The Beatles received their only Oscar for Best Original Score for the documentary /concert film Let It Be.
On This Day, May 8th in 1970: The Beatles’ final album of original studio material, Let It Be was released. The Wikipedia has a decent historical overview on the album at this link, although it does not go into heavy enough detail about how Yoko Ono broke up the band.
On June 6th, 2006, Billy Preston, often known as the fifth Beatle, passed away at the age of 59. Preston was recruited to record with The Beatles by George Harrison and performed on The White Album, Let it Be and Abbey Road. He also played with major artists like Neil Diamond, Ray Charles and The Rolling Stones, wrote the Joe Cocker 1974 hit “You Are So Beautiful” and had a dozen or so hits of his own. My personal favorite was “Will It Go ‘Round In Circles,” which was a #1 hit when I was 12.
Preston had been in a coma since November 2005, after suffering kidney failure brought on by a lifelong drug addiction. Rest In Peace.