August 1, 1971 in New York history

📝 On This Day 📝

50 years ago on August 1st, 1971

George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organize the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden

The concert was a fund-raising effort in support of refugees from East Pakistan (now called Bangladesh).

Although only advertised as "George Harrison and Friends", the two concerts featured famous names like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Ringo Starr and raised $250,000 in what was one of the first large-scale benefit concerts.

Sales of the live concert recording and the documentary filmed of the concert continue to fund relief efforts to this day.


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🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 100°F in 1933
Record Low: 59°F in 1895


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