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Good News in History, August 18

50 years ago today, after many rain delays, the massive music festival at Woodstock concluded with a sunrise performance by Jimi Hendrix, who played...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, August 18

50 years ago today, after many rain delays, the massive music festival at Woodstock concluded with a sunrise performance by Jimi Hendrix, who played The Star Spangled Banner. The guitarist and his band was the last act to perform at the festival, playing a two-hour set on Monday morning. At 8:30 his surprise psychedelic rendition of the U.S. national anthem reminded the remaining 200,000 hippies that they were essentially Americans, just like all their neighbors—then he segued into Purple Haze. WATCH the song... (1969)