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.