No small amount of literature is dedicated to covering the seismic happenings of 1969 – the Vietnam War, the inauguration of Richard Nixon, civil rights protests, the Stonewall Riots, the moon landing and the Mansion family murders have all been told, retold and scrutinized across countless platforms in multitudes. 1969 was also signal year for music. Over one rainy weekend in August – 400,000 people turned a muddy, manure filled cow pasture in Bethel, NY into a small nation of love, peace and rock and roll music at the legendary Woodstock Festival. The music was just as memorable to the attendees as were the filthy campgrounds with no running toilets and fresh water. Two months later, a wall-to-wall crowd of a half million descended upon Washington D.C. for the ‘Moratorium March;’ to this day it’s the largest anti-war protest in US history. Curiously, what often goes unmentioned is that all of these watershed moments happened during a global pandemic – one that killed 100,000 Americans and 1 million people worldwide, according to the CDC. Given the current statewide closures, the 1968 pandemic causes historians and public health experts to reflect on social distancing rules in the case of two pandemics. Woodstock… Read full this story
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