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John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon

Profession: Musician and Beatle

United Kingdom

Why Famous: Founding member of The Beatles, Lennon formed a songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney that became one of the most successful and famous in the history of music. Born in Liverpool, Lennon was in the group the Quarrymen which eventually developed into the Beatles in 1960.

As part of the best-selling group in music history, Lennon wrote or co-wrote many of the band's biggest hits. His rebellious nature gave his writings, interviews and work a notably acerbic and sardonic wit. After the group broke up in 1970, Lennon embarked on a successful solo career with his wife Yoko Ono. This included the hit 1971 single "Imagine".

His political activism, particularly in protesting against the Vietnam War, made him a controversial figure; the White House under Richard Nixon engaged in lengthy attempts to deport him.

In 1975 he withdrew from the music business to raise his son, Sean, but returned in 1980 to release the album Double Fantasy, with Yoko Ono. Three weeks after its release he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his Manhattan apartment. His death triggered an outpouring of grief on an unprecedented scale throughout the world.

Born: October 9, 1940
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra

Died: December 8, 1980 (aged 40)
Cause of Death: Murdered

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Married Life

  • 1962-08-23 John Lennon, musician and member of the Beatles, weds Cynthia Powell
  • 1968-08-22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultery
  • 1969-03-20 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

Events in the Life of John Lennon

  • 1957-07-06 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner
  • 1963-03-12 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold
  • 1963-11-04 John Lennon utters his infamous line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" in London
  • 1964-04-01 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years
  • 1964-04-27 John Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in US
  • 1965-02-15 John Lennon passes his driving test
  • 1965-06-14 John Lennon's second book "A Spaniard in the Works" is published

  • 1966-03-04 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"
  • 1966-07-31 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
  • 1966-11-09 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London
  • 1967-05-25 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce
  • 1967-10-11 Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)
  • 1968-02-16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • 1968-05-15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
  • 1968-06-15 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Coventry Cathedral
  • 1968-07-01 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)
  • 1968-07-05 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce
  • 1968-08-31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover
  • 1968-10-18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession
  • 1968-10-25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby
  • 1968-11-11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album
  • 1968-11-28 John Lennon is fined £150 for unauthorized drug possession
  • 1968-11-29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK
  • 1969-01-03 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ
  • 1969-03-25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
  • 1969-05-26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)
  • 1969-05-31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

  • 1969-06-14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show
  • 1969-07-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after a car crash
  • 1969-09-13 Plastic Ono Band's 1st live performance, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton
  • 1969-11-07 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK
  • 1969-11-25 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War
  • 1969-12-03 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • 1970-02-11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • 1970-04-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations
  • 1971-01-20 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan
  • 1971-01-22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"
  • 1971-06-06 John Lennon and Yoko Ono unannounced appearance at Fillmore East in NYC
  • 1971-09-03 John Lennon leaves UK for NYC, never to return
  • 1971-09-09 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)
  • 1971-09-09 John Lennon releases his "Imagine" album
  • 1971-10-08 John Lennon releases his megahit single "Imagine"
  • 1971-10-14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on "Dick Cavett Show"
  • 1971-10-28 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in NYC
  • 1971-12-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US
  • 1972-02-04 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • 1972-02-14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
  • 1972-02-18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
  • 1972-03-16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
  • 1972-04-27 NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • 1972-05-11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • 1972-06-12 John Lennon's political album "Sometime in NYC" released including the songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"
  • 1972-08-30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit shows (matinee and evening) for children at Madison Square Garden, New York, his final full concert performance
  • 1972-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear
  • 1973-04-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence
  • 1973-10-24 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
  • 1973-11-16 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album

  • 1974-07-17 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days
  • 1974-08-23 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC
  • 1974-09-28 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)
  • 1974-10-04 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
  • 1974-11-16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"
  • 1974-11-28 John Lennon's last concert appearance (Elton John concert in Madison Square Garden NYC)
  • 1975-01-31 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"
  • 1975-02-21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
  • 1975-04-18 John Lennon releases single "Stand by Me"
  • 1975-04-28 John Lennon appears on "Tonight" & Ringo Starr on "Smother Brothers"
  • 1975-10-07 US decides John Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction
  • 1977-07-27 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US
  • 1980-08-04 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"
  • 1980-09-22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records
  • 1980-10-24 John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK
  • 1980-11-17 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK
  • 1980-11-21 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum
  • 1980-12-08 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before he is murdered on the same day
  • 1980-12-14 At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon
  • 1981-01-16 John Lennon's single "Woman" is posthumously released in the UK
  • 1981-02-06 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon
  • 1981-03-27 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK
  • 1981-06-22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon
  • 1981-08-24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder
  • 1982-05-10 WABC NYC plays its last record (John Lennon's Imagine)
  • 1984-01-09 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously
  • 1984-01-27 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album
  • 1984-03-09 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously
  • 1984-03-21 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
  • 1984-07-15 John Lennon's "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously
  • 1984-11-16 John Lennon's 'Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him' released posthumously
  • 1986-02-10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously
  • 1986-11-03 John Lennon "Menlove Avenue" album released posthumously
  • 1990-10-09 Radio stations around world play "Imagine" honoring John Lennon
  • 1995-03-20 Beatles song, "Baby It's You", with late John Lennon as lead singer, released, 1st Fab Four single in nealy 10 years
  • 2016-02-20 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Quotes by John Lennon

  • "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." - Dreams, Peace
  • "Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need." - Love

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