Forty years ago Woodstock musical festival was in its second day in Bethel, New York. The festival bears the name “Woodstock”, because it was to take place in the town of Woodstock, in Ulster County; however, the town offered no appropriate site to host such a large event due to their belief that over a million people would attend. A site was found in the town of Wallkill. When local opposition arose, the event was almost cancelled, but Sam Yasgur persuaded his father Max to allow the concert to be held on the family’s alfalfa field, located in Sullivan County near Bethel, New York, about 40 miles southwest of Woodstock.
Thirty-two years ago today Elvis Presley died at his home in Graceland at the age of 42.