Today in History: Live Aid

| July 13, 2018

180709_NewsRev_219x365Remember “We Are the World” (USA for Africa)? A global rock concert that raised relief for famine-stricken Africa, Live Aid was conceived by Irish singer Bob Geldof who had travelled to Ethiopia after learning of the hundreds of thousands who had starved. With Prince Charles and Princess Diana officiating, the 16-hour event opened at Wembley Stadium in London, was broadcast around the world, complete with concurrent concert at John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. While Live Aid was attended by 100,000 people, there was an estimated 1.9 billion viewers from 150 nations, making it the largest satellite broadcast events of all time. Among the performing musicians were Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cindy Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, MadonnaTina Turner, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Sting, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, George Michael, and many more. Live Aid raised $127 million dollars; surplus grain to be sent to Africa; and earned Geldorf a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. Geldof went on to organize a series of “Live 8” concerts in eleven countries to raise awareness of poverty.

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