33 Years Ago Today, We Lost John Lennon

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December 1980: A man and woman among the crowd in Central Park, New York, who have gathered to mourn the death of John Lennon. The man holds a picture of Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed during one of their 'love-in' peace protests. (Photo by Luiz Alberto/Keystone/Getty Images)

December 1980: A man and woman among the crowd in Central Park, New York, who have gathered to mourn the death of John Lennon. The man holds a picture of Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed during one of their ‘love-in’ peace protests. (Photo by Luiz Alberto/Keystone/Getty Images)

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On the night of December 8, 1980, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono were returning home to the Dakota at West 72nd Street and Central Park West. The couple had been at The Record Plant studio on West 44th Street.

As John got out of his car, Mark David Chapman, who was waiting in the lurch and had asked and received an autograph from John earlier in the evening, fired four shots into Lennon’s back.

John Lennon was taken to Roosevelt Hospital on Amsterdam Avenue. Lennon died of his gunshot wounds and the world mourned.

Music fans descended on the Dakota. Thousands of stunned fans cried, lit candles, and sang “Give Peace a Chance.”

John Lennon was only 40 years old and had just released his comeback album, “Double Fantasy” just weeks prior.

Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life at Attica prison. He has been denied parole seven times.

Some of us strangely learned the news from Howard Cosell who made the announcement during that night’s broadcast of Monday Night Football.

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