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On Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, double the peace, love and music

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, one of the watersheds of the 1960s counterculture movement, will be celebrated in August with two competing events. FILE PHOTO: Janet Huey displays her original ticket at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, U.S. August 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer Michael Lang, the co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival, announced on Wednesday that the official Woodstock Music and Arts Fair would take place from Aug 16-18 at a motor -racing venue in upstate…

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Kegworth air disaster: 30th anniversary service to be held

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Kegworth plane crash happened on 8 January 1989 Survivors and the families of one of the worst British air disasters are gathering for a service to remember the 47 people killed. A Boeing 737, carrying 126 people, plummeted into the embankment of the M1 in Leicestershire on 8 January 1989. Witnesses described the “absolute devastation” as the plane’s engine caught fire and shattered into pieces. A 30th anniversary memorial service is due to be held at a church in Kegworth at…

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Emma Watson talks of ‘optimism’ on Time’s Up anniversary

Image copyright Getty Images Actress Emma Watson says she is “optimistic” about a “fairer future” for women – a year after backing an initiative to combat sexual harassment. In an Instagram post, the British star said she has been “so inspired” by the achievements of Time’s Up. More than 300 actresses, writers and directors launched the project last January in the wake of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Its fund provides legal help to US women targeted in the workplace. Stars’ #MeToo fund gives £1m to UK victims Hollywood…

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Dame Vera Lynn threatened to pull out of D-Day 50th anniversary events

Image copyright Reuters Dame Vera Lynn threatened to pull out of events for the D-Day anniversary in 1994 when sandcastle building and Spam fritter cooking contests were planned. Newly-released National Archives files show the contests were scrapped after veterans, and Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera, said they would be inappropriate. The event to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1944 Normandy Landings still ran into trouble, the documents reveal. Criticisms included “uninspiring” hymns and problems caused by the weather. Veterans groups had complained beforehand that the government had got the tone…

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Services mark Lockerbie bombing 30th anniversary

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Lockerbie bombing claimed the lives of 270 people on 21 December 1988 Services are to be held in Scotland and the US to remember the victims of the Lockerbie bombing 30 years on. Wreaths will be laid at a memorial garden in Lockerbie to honour the 270 people killed when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up on 21 December 1988. A message from the Queen marking the “solemn anniversary” will also be read out at the memorial. Eleven people in Lockerbie died along…

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Van Morrison: Astral Weeks anniversary new intrigue

Image caption Cyprus Avenue is one of the many corners of Belfast made famous by Van Morrison Vanatics can be found across the globe. They are the most dedicated fans of Belfast’s poetic, enigmatic, musical genius. The 50th anniversary of the release of his most critically acclaimed album – Astral Weeks – has triggered a new wave of interest in how the city of Sir Van Morrison influenced his songwriting. Lynn Corken leads a walking tour around the streets of east Belfast where Sir Van grew up – she says…

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The Inbetweeners to reunite for one-off anniversary show

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption L to R: Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Simon Bird and Joe Thomas The cast of The Inbetweeners are getting back together again to celebrate 10 years since the sitcom first aired. Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas will feature in a two-hour celebration show. It will include a selection of classic clips, behind-the-scenes footage and contributions from famous fans. The Inbetweeners ran for three series on E4 and also spawned two feature-length films. It was critically and commercially successful, winning a…

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Kristallnacht: Lights left on to mark 80th anniversary

Image copyright Thomas Lundmark Image caption Thomas, from Sweden, is leaving a light on for love and respect in remembrance to all the victims and their families Synagogues and homes across the world will “leave a light on” from Friday to Saturday night to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht is one of the major turning points in European Jewish history. Between 9 and 10 November 1938, more than 1,400 synagogues and prayer rooms, thousands of Jewish-owned homes, hospitals, shops and cemeteries were damaged or destroyed across Nazi Germany…

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Couple spend final hours together on 66th anniversary

Image copyright Bilton family Image caption Mary and Ron Bilton were married for 66 years A dying couple were moved to the same hospital ward so they could spend their final hours together holding hands on their 66th wedding anniversary. Ron Bilton, 89, and his wife Mary, 86, were in different departments at Hull Royal infirmary after he suffered multi-organ failure and she had cancer. Staff allowed Mrs Bilton, who was nine floors below, to be by his bedside before his death. She died days later. Nurses said they were…

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Russian censor offers 24-hour online bans for anniversary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters in Moscow demand internet freedom in May To celebrate the fourth year of its presence on Russia’s most popular social media platform, controversial Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor offered users day-long bans. Posting on VKontakte, Russia’s media regulator made light of its role in web censorship, which has included banning access to Wikipedia and instant messaging service Telegram. “Friends, only today and only to mark our anniversary, we are handing out one-day bans to anyone who wants them,” the regulator wrote. “You can then…

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