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December 8, 1980

John Lennon is killed by an assassin.

 Why does it matter?

John Lennon was a member of the rock group the Beatles and earned international fame. After the Beatles broke up, he began a solo career. Working with his wife, Yoko Ono, the two demonstrated for peace. Mark Chapman, a young man with a history of mental health problems, shot and killed Lennon because, he said, he wanted the attention. Some conspiracy theorists have suggested that the US Government or the FBI arranged for Lennon's death because of his controversial anti-government viewpoints.

For more information...

John Lennon-Official Website
Lennon's site maintained by his widow, Yoko Ono. Includes extensive biographical information.