Not only was it John Lennon’s 75th birthday October 9th (born in 1940) but widow Yoko tried to break a world’s record in the Guinness World Record books with some of John’s fans in New York’s Central Park.
CBS news reports that more than 2,000 people joined Ono in New York’s Central Park to form a human peace sign as part of a commemorative event she announced last month. Though Ono missed her goal of amassing between 6,000 and 10,000 people — and fell short of the record, which remains at 5,814 people — she expressed gratitude for the crowd that turned out, which CBS notes “included everyone from aging hippies to schoolchildren not yet born when Lennon died.”
“New York was a very special place for John — his adopted home,” said Ono in a statement. “I’m so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday.” It was while making a different stop with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus that Ono announced her human peace sign effort in September, sharing her plans with reporters outside New York’s City Hall. “You don’t have to do much/ Power works in mysterious ways. Visualize the domino effect. And just start thinking PEACE,” she tweeted after making the announcement. “Thoughts are infectious. Send it out. It’s Time for Action. The Action is PEACE.”