Category: History

Peace, Love, Music and Mud: LIFE at Woodstock

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By Ben Cosgrove, TIME

The original plan was for an outdoor rock festival, “three days of peace and music” in the Catskill village of Woodstock. What the young promoters got was the third largest city in New York state, population 400,000 (give or take 100,000), location Max Yasgur’s dairy farm near the town of White Lake.

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Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt of the Great Lakes Before the Clean Water Act

By Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk  |  TIME Magazine

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Lake Erie’s Sterling State Park had been dangerously polluted by septic-tank wastes for eight years when this photo was made in 1968, but—despite warning signs—the state of Michigan still permitted swimming. Alfred Eisenstaedt – The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

In 1968, LIFE magazine dispatched photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to the Great Lakes to capture a crisis that required no national awareness day to make itself known.

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Remembering the Korean War

By Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

Sixty-three years ago today, on July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities between North Korean Communist forces, backed by China, and South Korean forces, backed by the United Nations.

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With her brother on her back a war weary Korean girl tiredly trudges by a stalled M-26 tank, at Haengju, Korea. June 9, 1951. — Maj. R.V. Spencer, UAF. (US Navy)

The war had raged across the Korean Peninsula for three years, leaving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians dead. The Armistice formed the famous Demilitarized Zone that still separates North Korea and South Korea, technically still at war with each other. On this anniversary of the armistice agreement, a look back at the people and places involved in the conflict sometimes called “the forgotten war.

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(Original Caption) 10/26/51-Korea: Here is the operating “room” of an Army mobile surgical hospital somewhere in Korea. The patient in the left foreground is receiving blood plasma, while behind him two operations are taking place, one at left and one in the center. Photographer Healy took the photos as he found them. Everyone was so busy that no one had time to “pose.” — Bettman Archive / Getty

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