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On This Date--In 1985

Written by Chief Editor.

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organised to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans.
 
Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to 110 nations. Organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the event drew an estimated 1.5 billion television viewers and raised over $125 million.
 
Among the artists who performed at Wembley were Elton; Status Quo; Sting; Bryan Ferry; Queen; Dire Straits; U2; the Who; and David Bowie.
 
In Philadelphia, the players included Billy Ocean; Black Sabbath; Bryan Adams; the Beach Boys; Simple Minds; Duran Duran; and Madonna.
 
Thanks to Concorde, Phil Collins appeared at both sites.