December 8, 2015

John Lennon ~ 35 years ago today

1940 - 1980

photo by Iain Macmillan
©Yoko Ono

At around 10:50 p.m. (EST) on 8 December 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times in the archway of the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m. (EST).   

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (John Winston Lennon) was born on October 9, 1940. He was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership.    




Rolling Stone magazine
photo by Annie Leibovitz

Ono issued a statement the day after Lennon's death, saying "There is no funeral for John", ending it with the words, "John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him."

Time & Newsweek magazines

Lennon's body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. Ono scattered his ashes in New York's Central Park, where the Strawberry Fields memorial was later created. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life. In 2016, he was denied parole for a ninth time.          



"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. 
A dream you dream together is reality."
                   ~ John Lennon 

Net links:   
Wedding Album
all things Beatles  

Styrous® ~ December 8, 2015

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