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08 December

John Lennon Killed


On December 8, 1980 John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)  was shot by Mark David Chapman at the footsteps of his building in New York City at 10:50 pm local time.  He was 40 years old.  If you have been under a rock your whole life you may not know that John Lennon was famous for being on the the founders of the Beatles.  The Beatles are generally recognized as being one, if not the, most influential rock band ever.

The shooter Mark David Chapman, fired five times.  Four of the bullets hit Lennon in the back.  While Lennon died on the steps of the Dakota, Chapman calmly read The Catcher in the Rye, waiting for the police.  Today Chapman is imprisoned in the Wende Correctional Facility in New York.  He is serving a sentence of 20 years to life.  In 2000 Chapman was eligible for Parole, however after numerous parole hearings he has been denied every time.  His next hearing will be in 2014.

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07 February

Feb 7, 1964 – Beatles Arrive in New York


The four young men landed in New York on Pan Am Flight 101. Brian Esptien, their manager, friends Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall, Phil Spector, their producer and the group the Ronettes accompanied them. The reason for their visit was their upcoming appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and a few concert dates.

They were already doing really well. They had the number 1 US single “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” They also knew that Beatlemania was starting in the US. But Lennon was still pensive saying, “The thing is, in America, it just seemed ridiculous – I mean, the idea of having a hit record over there. It was just something you could never do.”

Some might say that the Beatles were so successful because the US just really needed to be happy about something, just 77 days earlier their President, John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Martin Goldsmith, author of The Beatles Come to America (Turning Points in History) disagrees. “Lennon and McCartney were superb composers – their songs were brilliant and remain brilliant.” He didn’t think it had anything to do with the timing, the Beatles were just good!

But maybe it was the $50,000 that Capitol Records spent on the campaign or the celebrities that wore Beatles wigs. Regardless, they were huge.

Ed Sullivan realized this a few months ago when he and his wife were stuck at London’s Heathrow Airport because of the masses of fans who had come to see the Beatles arrive from Sweden.

The Ed Sullivan Show” received more than 50,000 requests for its 728 seats — more than it had gotten for Elvis Presley‘s 1956 appearance.

I for one am glad they came. And I think the 14+ million fans (thats just Facebook) are glad too.

Text source: CNN