This day in history: 1985 Live Aid concert
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.
See photos from the superconcert: