This day in history: 1985 Live Aid concert

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Today in History for July 13th

On this day in 1985, a worldwide rock concert dubbed 'Live Aid' was organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans at Wembley Stadium in London. According to History.com, the concert then continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world. The 16-hour 'superconcert' was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

UPI.com notes that the concert featured some of the world's biggest names in music -- the July 13, 1985, event drew unprecedented television coverage from around the world and a royal cash haul, with organizers hoping to make a dent in the catastrophic famine that choked Africa during the early half of the 1980s.

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This day in history: 1985 Live Aid concert
American singer-actor Rick Springfield performs before large crowd at Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa., July 13, 1985.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, left, is joined onstage by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards during Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on July 13,1985. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
From left, John Oates, G.E.Smith and Daryl Hall perform collectively as Hall and Oates onstage at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa. for the Live Aid famine relief concert July 13, 1985.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
** FILE ** Led Zeppelin bandmates, singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page, reunite to perform for the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa., in this July 13, 1985, file photo. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)
American singer Madonna, performs onstage with dancer during Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa., July 13,1985.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Crowd at Live Aid Music Concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 13, 1985. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
FILE - In this July 13, 1985 file photo, Eric Clapton performs at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia. The Fender Stratocaster, used by countless professional and amateur musicians, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014. (AP Photo/George Widman)
Fans jam Philadelphia's JFK Stadium during the Live Aid concert Saturday, July 13, 1985. Two simultaneous events in Philadelphia and London were broadcast around the world and raised $100 million relief money. (AP Photo/George Widman)
Paul McCartney,center with arm raised, joins in the finale of the London Live Aid Famine Relief Concert in London on July 13, 1985. Others, from left, are George Michael of Wham; Harvey Goldsmith, concert promoter; Bono of U2 (face obscured); McCartney; Bob Galdof, organizer; Freddie Mercury of Queen; and unidentified backing singer. (AP Photo/Joe Schaber)
The Sting, right, joins the Dire Straits group during the Live Aid famine relief concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 13, 1985. At left is Dire Straits lead singer Mark K. Knopflen. (AP Photo)
** FILE ** Singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page, right, of the British rock band Led Zeppelin, perform at the Live Aid concert at Philadelphia's J.F.K. Stadium in this July 13, 1985 file photo. Warner Music Group Corp., whose artists include Led Zeppelin and Josh Groban, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 posted a first-quarter loss, hurt by higher expenses and a charge related to a discontinued business.. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, file)
Rock star David Bowie performs on stage at Wembley Stadium, London, July 13, 1985, during the Live Aid famine relief rock concert. (AP Photo/Joe Schaber)
American R&B singer Patti Labelle sings with emotion during the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa., July 13,1985. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Former Saturday Night Live television show members Chevy Chase, left, and Joe Piscopo, entertain the crowd during the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa., July 13,1985. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Tina Turner, left, reacts as Mick Jagger grabs her thigh during their duo performance at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, Pa., July 13, 1985. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Mick Jagger performs during the Live Aid concert at Philadelphia’s J.F.K. Stadium in Philadelphia, July 13, 1985. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Dina Bowes of Wethersfield, Conn., and Jeffrey Aldridge of Morrisville, Pa., lounge on the roof of the car they slept on overnight outside Philadelphia's JFK stadium as they awaited the start of the Live Aid concert Saturday, July 13, 1985. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis)
Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana watch Live Aid, a concert organised to raise money for famine relief in Africa, at Wembley Stadium, London, July 13, 1985. Seated behind are Brian May, left, and Roger Taylor, right, of British rock band Queen. (AP Photo)
Medical staff spray concert fans with cool water from hoses during the Live Aid concert for famine relief at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. July 13, 1985.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Former Led Zeppelin bandmates, bassist John Paul Jones ,left, and singer, Robert Plant, appear onstage at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa. during the Live Aid famine relief concert July 13, 1985.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
American singer Bette Midler performs at Live Aid, July 13, 1985 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Fans wave flags, the U.S. Stars and Stripes and Britain's Union Jack, at Wembley Stadium, London, July 13, 1985, at the end of the Live Aid famine relief concert for Africa. (AP Photo/Joe Schaber)
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