Live Aid concert

Live Aid concert

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana help inaugurate Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at several stadiums around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to over a billion viewers in 169 nations.

Many of the world’s top pop artists, including Madonna, David Bowie, and Phil Collins, performed at the event, which ended with a performance of “We Are the World,” a hit song released earlier that year to benefit African hunger relief. The event, which was the brainchild of rock singer Bob Geldof, raised nearly $100 million for agricultural and technical assistance to Africa.