December 8th, 1980 – The Day John Lennon Was Murdered

It’s hard to believe it’s been 37th years since John Lennon was murdered on his own doorstep by a deranged fan. John Lennon was only 40 years old when he was murdered by Mark David Chapman in New York City on December 8th, 1980.

There’s a memorial in Central Park located directly across the street from the Dakota, the building where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived for several years before his untimely death. It’s called Strawberry Fields, and it’s one of the most visited spots in Central Park. Strawberry Fields was originally conceived as a “peace garden.” Yoko invited the entire world to donate trees, shrubs, and stones to fill the parcel of land. Today, the garden flourishes with contributions from 121 countries.

Just yesterday, Paul McCartney was interviewed by a radio station in Australia, where he is currently touring for the first time in 24 years. Paul reflected on the process of writing songs with his fellow Beatle John Lennon back in the 1960’s and remembers it being `quite competitive.’ “If I wrote something he’d try and better it and then I’d try and better that, so it’s a good system,” Paul said, adding “It means you’re going up a staircase and each time you’re trying to make it better, so if that works it can make the song very good… and in our case memorable. 

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