TODAY IN HISTORY
On this date in 1980, former “Beatle” John Lennon, (above), was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were returning from a recording session. Mark David Chapman shot Lennon only hours after Lennon had autographed the album “Double Fantasy” for the 25-year-old drifter.
In 1915, the poem “In Flanders Fields,” by Canadian doctor-poet John McCrae, was published for the first time in “Punch” magazine.
In 1969, American rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix released on a charge of possession of hashish and heroin after a Toronto jury believes his story that he has outgrown drugs.