They gave peace a chance, but broke no world record


NEW YORK: About 2,000 people turned out in New York’s Central Park Tuesday to mark John Lennon’s birthday — and to try to set a world record for the longest human chain in the shape of a peace sign.

People of all ages — entire families and even some children — joined Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, to celebrate just shy of what would have been his 75th birthday.

Some who attended waved signs that said “No war in Syria,” and “Make love, not war.”

But the record was not in the offing.

“Unfortunately this morning’s record attempt for the largest human peace sign was unsuccessful,” a statement from the book’s publisher said.

“While over 2,000 individuals participated, they did fall short of meeting the 5,000 person minimum requirement to set the record.”

Former Beatle John Lennon was born in October 9, 1940 in Liverpool. He was shot dead in Central Park on December 8, 1980.


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