Subversive Historian – 12/08/08

John Lennon

Twenty-eight years ago on this day in people’s history, musician John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman. On December 8th, 1980, the former member of the Beatles was pronounced dead on arrival after sustaining four gun shot wounds just outside of his New York home. Chapman’s actions robbed the music world of one of its most influential artists whose humanist anthems included, “Working Class Hero,” “Imagine,” and “Give Peace a Chance.” In addition to his songs, Lennon used his standing as a popular musician to advance social causes he believed in. He spoke out against the Vietnam War and criticized President Nixon. Tricky Dick responded by issuing a deportation order for the British born Lennon. The FBI also investigated his activities in more than 300 pages of files.

Lennon subjected himself and his career to such harassment even though he didn’t have to and for that he will always be remembered on this day.

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