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Forty-five years ago, peace, love and miscalculation in Laguna Canyon

Forty-five years ago, peace, love and miscalculation in Laguna Canyon

It was billed as a one-day event of peace, love and music, but after three days, it turned out to be much bigger than expected.

An estimated 25,000 people gathered in a field of sycamore trees in Laguna Canyon for what was known as the Christmas Happening.

Despite massive traffic jams, chilly night air and insufficient food, thousands of young people, Vietnam veterans and other servicemen arrived in droves on Christmas Day 1970 for a weekend party on hundreds of acres near Laguna Canyon and El Toro roads.

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