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Thousands gathered to create a human peace sign on Tuesday to mark what would have been John Lennon's upcoming 75th birthday, which is Oct. 9.

Organized by Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, the group gathered in New York City's Central Park in an attempt to create a new Guinness World Record for the largest human peace sign.

Six thousand people were needed to break the record, but only 2,000 people attended, CBC reported. The group aimed to beat a 2009 world record set by 5,814 people at the Ithaca Festival in New York.

Ono hosted the event with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that works with students and young musicians. Despite not breaking the world record, many people posted pictures on social media and called the event a success.

Related: Locals remember John Lennon

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October 6, 2015

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