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Summarized by Kent Larsen

President Hinckley's Birthday Bash Tonight
Salt Lake Tribune 23Jun00 N2
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The birthday celebration for LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley is scheduled for 7:30 pm tonight (9:30 pm EDT) in the LDS Church's Conference Center. It will be broadast live to LDS stake centers throughout North America, and also be available in Europe tomorrow morning at LDS stake centers.

The Tribune notes that this isn't the first time that an LDS Church president's birthday has been celebrated. Thousands attended the celebration of the 90th birthday of then-Church president Wilford Woodruff in March 1897. The celebration was held in the LDS Church's "immense" Tabernacle on Temple Square, where every seat was taken and the aisles were filled to overflowing.

For most LDS Church presidents, birthdays have been a family afair. Four other Church presidents have reached the age of 90, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Spencer W. Kimball and Ezra Taft Benson. But none of these presidents had major celebrations for their birthdays, at least in some cases because of the state of their health.

Tonight's event, called "An Evening of Celebration," will feature performances by The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Orchestra at Temple Square as well as Metropolitan Opera soloists and distinguished local musicians.


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