On December 8, 1980, one of the most devastating and tragic deaths to ever occur in the music industry took place. John Lennon, famous musician, song writer, and peace activist, was assassinated outside of his hotel, The Dakota, in New York City. Mark David Chapman, a security guard from Hawaii, had previously asked Lennon for his autograph outside of the hotel before shooting Lennon on his return to the Dakota that evening to say goodnight to his son, Sean. On Monday Night Football, Howard Cosell broke the news to fans watching the Miami Dolphins versus the New England Patriots game. During the game, he announced: “an unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City. The most famous perhaps, of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take.” Known as one of the most famous football announcements of all time, it was the way many people found out about Lennon’s death at the time. Since his death, there have been countless memorials and tributes worldwide, honoring the late musician who touched thousands of people around the world through the power of music. To this day, people still flock to these memorials to commemorate the late musician, leaving gifts, candles, and flowers, and reflect on his message of peace.
1. John Lennon Peace Monument – Liverpool, England
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This sculpture created by American artist Lauren Voiers was viewed for the first time on what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday on October 9, 2010. The monument is now located at Kings Dock on the Liverpool Waterfront.
2. Strawberry Fields Memorial – New York, New York
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Stawberry Fields is a section of Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, and spans around 2.5 acres of land. The Imagine mosaic is the main attraction and characteristic to this memorial, but the entire section is dedicated to the late musician’s memory. The entrance is across the street from the Dakota Apartments where Lennon’s assination took place on Central Park West and 72nd. The Imagine mosaic is usually covered in letters, flowers, and candles to remember the musician.
3. Lennon Wall – Prague, Czech Republic
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Since Lennon’s death in 1980, the wall has featured graffiti, paintings, and other artistic expressions in his memory. The wall’s transformation is always continuing, and the original portrait that was there is now covered under layers of other artist’s expressions, and is a constantly changing memorial to the singer.
4. Parque John Lennon – Havana, Cuba
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Cuban artist José Villa Soberón is the artist behind this sculpture of John Lennon, which is seated on the bench’s right half. On a tile at the foot of the bench there is an inscription reading: “Dirás que soy un soñador pero no soy el único” John Lennon, which is a Spanish translation of the English lyrics, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” from Lennon’s song “Imagine.” Lennon dons his famous glasses, which have been stolen over the years. Now, a security guard stands by the statue, and places glasses on the statue upon request of anyone who wants to take a picture of or with the statue.
5. Lennon Statue on Matthew Street – Liverpool, England
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The Cavern Pub on Mathew Street in Liverpool has a full statue of Lennon, casually leaning on a wall, on the sidewalk in front of the venue. It’s one of the most popular statues of Lennon, and is a main attraction for anyone who is visiting the area.