On This Day

Yoko Ono

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
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Profession: Artist & Musician

Nationality:
Japan
Japanese

Biography: The second wife of John Lennon. Early on, she was criticized for her influence over Lennon and his music, and blamed for the breakup of the Beatles.

Public opinion of her shifted over time, thanks in large part to her significant philanthropic contributions and her role in the feminist movement.

Born: February 18, 1933
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Age: 88 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Married Life

  • 1962-11-28 Japanese artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds American musician and film producer Anthony Cox (26-ish); annulled and re-married in 1963, divorce in 1969
  • 1969-03-20 British Beatle John Lennon (28) marries Japanese artist Yoko Ono (36) in Gibraltar, near Spain

Historical Events

  • 1966-11-07 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London
  • 1968-06-15 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant two acorns for peace, at Coventry Cathedral, Conventry, England
  • 1968-08-31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on the 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; she later suffers a miscarriage
  • 1968-11-29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK
  • 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 at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1969-05-31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance" in a Montreal hotel, during their second 'bed-in' for peace
  • 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 he crashes his car near Durness in the Scottish Highlands
  • 1969-09-13 Plastic Ono Band's 1st live performance, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton, the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival
  • 1969-11-07 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK
  • 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 Plastic Ono Band record "Power to the People" at his Ascot Sound Studio
  • 1971-06-06 John Lennon and Yoko Ono unannounced appearance at Fillmore East in NYC
  • 1971-09-09 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)
  • 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 the syndicated "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972-02-18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting the syndicated "Mike Douglas Show", in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972-03-16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
  • 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
  • 1972-09-04 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC
  • 1973-03-23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA
  • 1973-04-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence
  • 1980-08-04 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy" in NYC
  • 1980-09-22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records
  • 1980-11-21 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum
  • 1984-01-27 "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released, featuring un-released recordings made during the 1980 "Double Fantasy" sessions, including "Grow Old With Me"
  • 1986-06-15 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters

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