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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.

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