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45 Woodstock Photos That Will Transport You Back To 1969

Forty-five years ago this weekend, the mother of all rock festivals took place. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, over 400 thousand revelers flocked to Bethel, New York to take part in what would become the zenith of 1960s counterculture. Today, we take a look back at the highlight of the summer of love with these forty-five beautiful Woodstock photos:

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Woodstock Poster

Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", Woodstock was organized by Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld with presale tickets available for $18 (equivalent to $120 today).

Abandoning Cars

Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Bethel twenty-four hours before the concert was slated to start. With traffic gridlocked for miles, many abandoned their cars and simply walked to the festival grounds.

Woodstock Opening Ceremony

Satchidananda Saraswati, an Indian religious teacher, delivered the opening ceremony invocation at Woodstock.

In The Rain

On and off again rain became a staple of the Woodstock weekend, though that didn't stop the energy or proceedings of the festival.

Aerial Photograph Of Woodstock

Initially expecting only 100,000 people, Woodstock swelled to over 400,000 revelers. Concert organizers realized that they had neither the means or resources to prevent the flood of people and thus made the concert 'free' by cutting all the fences surrounding the festival area.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia poses for a photograph before the Grateful Dead performed at Woodstock.

Jamming On The Sitar

Ravi Shankar plays the sitar during his performance on Friday night.

Grass Hut At Woodstock

Impromptu shelters were common place -- here, a group rest in the grass hut they built for the weekend.

Clothing Optional

Very much in the spirit of the times, clothing was considered optional for many festival-goers.

Signs At Woodstock

Heady vibes.

Woodstock Photos Jimi Hendrix

The last act to perform at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix went on Monday morning to conclude the festival. By the time he went on stage, only 30,000 festival-goers remained.

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Amazing Pyramids That Aren’t From Egypt

Meroe Pyramids Sunset

The Meroe Pyramids at dusk Source: 500PX

When most people think of pyramids, their minds instantly go to Egypt. After all, all of the most famous pyramids are located there. However, Egypt does not corner the market completely. These ancient structures have been built all over the world and there are some astonishing examples that can be found in Asia, America and even Europe.

Amazing Pyramids: Nubian Pyramids

Amazing Pyramids Sudan Meroe

Pyramids of Meroe Source: World All Details

For starters, we aren’t traveling very far from Egypt. In fact, we are just visiting its southern neighbor, Sudan. Back when this region was known as Nubia, it was ruled over by the Kingdom of Kush. While the Kushite Kingdoms ruled, they centered their capital in three different locations: Kerma, Napata and Meroe. They’ve also built pyramids in each area.

Amazing Pyramids Sudan Kurru

Pyramids at the cemetery of el-Kurru Source: Narmar

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Moscow, The 1957 Host Of The World Festival Of Youth And Students

World Festival Youth And Students 1957 Moscow

Organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and the International Union of Students, the sixth festival held in Moscow drew the highest number of attendees–34,000 people from 130 countries–ever.

This was the first time the Soviet Union had opened its doors to such an event, and that was only made possible due to what is now known as Nikki Khrushchev’s “Thaw”, a period when he began to permit foreigners to visit and interact (albeit while supervised) with natives.

Music and musicians from all around the world congregated here, and would do so relatively frequently in Socialist countries, seeing as massive amounts of expenditures were needed to successfully carry out youth festivals of this size. Interestingly enough–and perhaps one of the more subtle, lingering reasons why some conservatives dislike festivals today–by the 1960s the US State Department had accused these festivals of being a tool of radical politics and Communist propaganda. Open dialogue, it seems, is a bad thing.

John Dillinger: The Making Of A Rock Star Bank Robber

John Dillinger Smirk

Evolution of Dillinger’s trademark smirk: Dillinger as a teen with his father on the left, and on the right in what is perhaps his most famous mug shot Sources: Wikipedia and Blogspot

July 22 was the 80th anniversary of John Dillinger’s violent death. During the Great Depression, due to his many bank robberies and escapes from prison, he became the burgeoning FBI’s Public Enemy #1.

Dillinger entered the crime world early on in his life. To impress a girl on a date, a young John Dillinger stole a car. When he was caught and the policeman didn’t believe his vague answers, Dillinger ran. Knowing it wouldn’t be safe to return home, he joined the Navy. Being an outlaw at heart–he soon went AWOL for good.

John Dillinger Navy

John Dillinger, far left, with some Navy buddies Source: Google

That didn’t last too long, though. Dillinger deserted the vessel some months after joining, and was eventually dishonorably discharged from the Navy. He then went back home to Mooresville, Indiana, where he then met a sixteen-year-old girl named Beryl Hovious. He married her in April 1924.

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