Profession: Musician and Beatle
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.
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- 1962-08-23 Musician and member of the Beatles, John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell
- 1968-08-22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry
- 1969-03-20 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
- 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
- 1965-06-14 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
- 1968-07-01 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)
- 1968-08-30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York
- 1968-10-18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment
- 1968-11-11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album
- 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)
- 1969-06-14 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
- 1969-11-07 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
- 1970-04-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations
- 1971-01-22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"
- 1971-09-09 John Lennon releases his "Imagine" album
- 1971-10-08 John Lennon releases his megahit "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
- 1972-02-14 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
- 1972-09-05 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
- 1973-11-16 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album
- 1974-07-17 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days
- 1974-10-04 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album
- 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 "Stand by Me"
- 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 his death
- 1981-08-24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder
- 1984-01-27 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album
- 2016-02-21 Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas
- "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