John Lennon (1940–1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter
who achieved worldwide fame as a founding member of The Beatles, one of
the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the
history of popular music. Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon had a
rebellious nature and acerbic wit, and at 16-years-old, formed a
skiffle group which evolved into The Beatles in 1960. With bandmate
Paul McCartney, he established the Lennon/McCartney songwriting
partnership, which provided the bulk of the Beatles' catalogue until
they dissolved at the end of the decade. Lennon then embarked on a solo
career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John
Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. He became controversial through
his work as a peace activist; his iconic songs, "Give Peace a Chance"
and "Imagine", were adopted as anthems of the anti-war movement. With
his wife and muse Yoko Ono, he moved to New York City in 1971, where
his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by
Richard Nixon's administration to deport him. He took a sabbatical from
the music business in 1975 to devote time to his family, reemerging in
1980 with a new album, Double Fantasy, but was murdered on December 8,
three weeks after its release.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Lithuanian Civil War: The first battle between the forces of
Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis was fought near the modern town
Milan's Biblioteca Ambrosiana opened its reading room to the public,
becoming the second public library in Europe.
After being hit by a lightning strike while in a holding pattern, Pan
Am Flight 214 crashed near Elkton, Maryland, USA, killing all 81 people
The Australian Cricket Board's cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh's
involvement with bookmakers was revealed.
Twelve South American countries signed the Cusco Declaration,
announcing the foundation of what is now the Union of South American
Nations, an intergovernmental union modelled after the European Union.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
John Lennon glasses (n):
A pair of eyeglasses (spectacles) with round lenses
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I am not bound over to swear allegiance to any master; where the storm
drives me I turn in for shelter.