On This Day: RIP John Lennon

On this day, 1980, John Lennon was assassinated outside his home, The Dakota, in NYC.  At approximately 10:50pm, Mark David Chapman fired 5 hollow-point bullets at Lennon’s back.

Lennon and Chapman Picture

Lennon signed an autograph for Chapman earlier that day

John Lennon Assassination Facts:

  • Lennon was shot outside his home at approximately 10:50pm.  He chose not to dine-out so he could be home to say “goodnight” to his son.
  • The first of 5 gunshots missed Lennon completely.
  • Immediately following the shooting, a doorman at the Dakota asked Chapman “Do you know what you’ve done?”  Chapman responded, “Yes, I just shot John Lennon.”
  • Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • He was cremated on December 10 at Ferncliff Cemetary in Harsdale, NY.
  • No funeral was held.
  • Yoko Ono kept Lennon’s ashes

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