- Associated Press - Saturday, October 9, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s hard to imagine which event sounds more implausible: John Lennon’s 70th birthday or the 30th anniversary of his murder.

On the day when the Liverpool Lad would have become a septuagenarian, fans will visit Central Park’s tranquil Strawberry Fields and attend a nearby benefit concert in Manhattan.

The memorial to the slain ex-Beatle and peace activist includes a mosaic donated by the city of Naples, Italy. A plaque lists 121 countries that endorse Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.

The 2.5-acre site is named after the Lennon song, which observes that “living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.”

The birthday celebration got started on Friday in England, where Google UK released a video “doodle” to a Lennon soundtrack.

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Online: http://www.centralpark.com/pages/attractions/strawberry-fields.html