Published: Oct 09, 2010 8:39 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 09, 2010 5:39 PM EDT

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 song 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.