Welcome to our new article, this week in hippy history. We thought that it might be nice to get some information together for you wonderful folk so that you can see what was happening in the world of hippydom on certain dates through the years. We love all of these random little facts and so we wanted to share as I know that there are plenty of people that love reading about these things. We are going to make this article a weekly article so , if you know of any great hippy news that happened please let me know so that I can add it (all facts need to be verified) So, here goes………
10th October 1979 – Fleetwood Mac got their star in Hollywood. Well deserved I would say – they are amazing!! The star is situated on 6608 Hollywood Blvd. Formed in 1967 Fleetwood Mac have released 17 different studio albums. Not this is a band that I could listen to all day – to be honest, sometimes I do. With so many great songs to choose from they really should be on any hippy’s playlist.
11th October 1864 – Slavery was abolished in Maryland USA – unfortunately slavery in Maryland lasted for around 200 years beginning in 1642 and was finally abolished in the penultimate year of the American Civil war. In 1863 President Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation declared all slaves in Southern Confederate States to be free. Unfortunately as Maryland was a border state they had to wait until 1864 to be freed. Peace and freedom is a fundamental that everyone should be entitled to.
12th October 1966 – Jimi Hendrix Experience is formed – Yes this is the name of an awesome album however it is also the name of the band that made the awesome album. You ain’t a hippy if you haven’t heard of the legend Jimi Hendrix. Formed in 1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience was made up of 3 musicians who were making music until June 1979. The band was made up of Jimi Hendrix (genius singer, songwriter and guitarist) Noel Redding (bassist and backing vocalist) and Mitch Mitchell (drummer). The band released 3 studio albums – Are You Experienced (1967) , Axis, Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968). If you have not listened to Jimi Hendrix Experience then you should – they are amazing. They are so good that in 1992 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jimi is one hippy that I would have loved to have seen however, unfortunately he died before my time at festivals. R.I.P Guitar God!
13th October 1963 – Beatlemania is coined after Beatles appeared at the London Palladium. The reason that the term Beatlemania came around was due to the intense fan frenzy. Beatlemania started in 1963 and was said to continue until 1970 4 years after the band stopped performing live. To be honest, the Beatles are still so well loved to this day this it would’t surprise me if there was still some Beatlemania out there. I for one still love them!
14th October 1960 – Peace Corps First Suggested by JFK – The idea for the Peace Corps came about during a presidential campaign speech which JFK was giving in An Arbor at the University of Michigan. He asked the crowd who were raining to be doctors and engineers and then asked who would be prepared to spend their time travelling the work in the Foreign Service. The idea was so like that 1000 students quickly signed a petition to say that they would be happy to do so. JFK’s challenge to the students is what inspire the Peace Corps – to live and work in developing countries all around the world and to dedicate themselves to the cause of development and most importantly peace. When Kennedy became president, he made the decision to make the dream into a reality helped by the fact that he received over 25,000 letter responding to his pleas. What a wonderful way to dedicate your time. Anyone could sign up for the peace corps and there were such a mixture of people from adults with great jobs to university students and hippies. Of course hippies, peace and love all the way – that’s one way to spread the word and help people.
14th October 1964 – Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – The youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Price, Martin Luther King was aged 35. He was awarded this esteemed prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. This was not an easy time for Martin as during the time when he was working towards equality he was arrested (over 5 times), his house was bombed and he was subjected to some serious abuse. This did not stop him though and in fact gave him more courage to stand up for the cause. He has made some brilliant speeches, his most famous which I an sure you have all hear of starts with “I had a dream” When King was awarded the prize money he said that we was going to donate it all to the furtherance of the Civil Rights movement which he was massively involved in. Martin Luther King change the world and dod so many great things that we should all be thankful for. Equality!
14th October 1964 – Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – Elie was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his major efforts to ensure that the Holocaust was never forgotten. Elie was hailed the “messenger of mankind” as it was said that he managed to deliver a message of peace, atonement and dignity to humanity all whilst coming to terms with his own imprisonment and survival of Auschwitz and also the Buchenwald concentration camps. Through his personal pain and experience he has managed to help others. He was also a founding board member of the Human Rights Foundation and remained active all throughout his life.
15th October 1889 – Amsterdam Central Station Opens – now, for those hippies who have been to Amsterdam will no doubt have been into Dam central station on your travels.
15th October 1993 – Nelson Mandela awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – Nelson was awarded the prize for his work in the termination of the apartheid regime, peacefully. He was also awarded the prize for the major part that he played in laying the foundations for F W de Klerk (South African President) to build a new democratic South Africa. Mandela served 27 years in prison for fighting (figure of speech) for what he believed in. He was eventually released by President F W de Klerk for fear that a racial civil war would break out. Mandela was released in 1990. After this the president and Mandela negotiated an end to Apartheid which earned them the Nobel peace prize. Mandela then went on to become President of South Africa in 1994 and his term lasted until 1997.
16th October 1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival Split – Although their time together was only a meagre 4 years, Creedence Clearwater Revival were one of the most influential bands of their generation. Issues within the band and also with the record label played a major part in the reason that the band broke up. It is such a shame that they broke up as just imagine if they had had more than 4 years together the great music that they could have made. The albums that they did make were awesome and should be in every hippy’s record collection.
Well there you have it, week 1 of our hippy news article. We hope you enjoyed reading it and found out some new and interesting information.