Today, December 8, marks the 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.
On that day in 1980, (which was a Monday) John and his wife, YokoOno, exited a limo at approximately 10:50 pm ET, as he returned home from a recording session at the Record Plant to his luxury apartment building, The Dakota, on New York City's Upper West Side. The shooter was 25-year-old Mark David Chapman, who earlier in the day had Lennon sign a copy of his new album, Double Fantasy.
Lennon passed Chapman, who he called out, "Mr. Lennon," while walking to his apartment entrance and as Lennon turned, Chapman shot him multiple times. After collapsing inside the building's vestibule, he was rushed to nearby Roosevelt Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was 40 years old. Chapman remains imprisoned at theWende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York.
Millions heard the news when Howard Cosell announced it during a Monday Night Football game on ABC between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
Ironically, Cosell, who interviewed Lennon during a Monday night game six years and a day earlier, December 9th, 1974, had to be talked into making the announcement by his co-host, Frank Gifford.
Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were home and asleep in England when they received the news. Ringo Starr was in the Bahamas where he was recording, and, upon hearing the news, flew immediately to New York with his wife Barbara to console Yoko.
Where were you and how did you hear the news that John Lennon was killed?
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