Life and Legend of John Lennon
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Yoko pronounces this date, John's birthday, "International World Peace Day".
George Harrison released a new single "All Those Years Ago" as a tribute to John
New York City Mayor Ed Koch sets aside a section of Central Park to be re-named 'Strawberry Fields' in honor of John.
Cavern Mecca, an information centre for Beatles fans, opens in Mathew Street, Liverpool as the first permanent tribute to the group.
Double Fantasy is released on Geffen Records. The album remains on the pop charts for 74 weeks and peaks at # 1.
John Lennon is shot dead in New York City by Mark Chapman.
Coming out of "retirement", John and Yoko return to the studio to record their first collaborative album in six years at the Hit Factory recording studios.
John begins his "retirement" to raise Sean.
John's application to become a permanent resident is approved at a special hearing in New York. He is awarded his Green Card and is told he can apply for US citizenship in 1981.
Rock N' Roll is released on Apple Records. The album remains on the pop charts for 15 weeks, peaking at #6.
John returns to New York City and reunites with Yoko. She is soon pregnant.
John and Yoko are served with deportation orders after their visas expire. This marks the beginning of the couple's four-year battle against deportation.
During a bed-in protesting the rejection of John's US visa application, John and Yoko record "Give Peace A Chance".
John's first art exhibition, dedicated to Yoko Ono and entitled You Are Here, opens at the Robert Faser Gallery in London.
The Beatles give their last live performance in Britain at the Empire Pool in Wembley.
John's first book, In His Own Write is published.
October 5, 1962 saw the release of The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do", which was a success in England, but hardly made a splash in America.
"Love Me Do", the band's first single, is released.
Ringo Starr fills the vacant drummer's seat left by Pete Best.
Nothern Songs is formed as the publishing company for all future Lennon/McCartney compositions. As Lennon remarks: "Northern Songs is a long-term thing and it rests on Paul and writing songs until we're sixty. Unless something happens, there's nothing to stop Paul and I writing hits when we're old. It's so profitable and anyway, we're good friends - there's no reason on earth why we should give it up." (The Beatles Anthology, pg. 97, 2000.)
The Beatles and Brian Epstein enter into an official management contract.
The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
The Quarry Men (John, Paul, George and Ken Brown) perform at the opening night of the Casbah coffee club.
On 15 July 1958 Julia was struck down and killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman. Lennon was traumatised by her death and wrote several songs about her, including "Julia" and "Mother." She has been described as "to a great extent... her son's muse.
Begins classes at Liverpool College of Art.
Paul McCartney attends a performance by the Quarry Men and meets John Lennon.
His mother, Julia bought Lennon his first guitar at the age of 17.
In March 1957, Lennon started a band called The Quarrymen. At the band's second concert, Lennon met Paul McCartney, and the two began writing songs together.
At age 11, his aunt Mimi gave him his first musical instrument, a banjo. The first song he learned to play was Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame"
John Winston Lennon was born in war-time England, on 9 October 1940 at Liverpool Maternity Hospital, to Julia and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman who was away at the time of his son's birth