ON THIS DAY
Jim Morrison, the lead singer of iconic American rock band The Doors, is born in Melbourne, Florida. Morrison helped form The Doors in
1965. The band recorded six albums prior to Morrison’s death in 1971. They put out two further albums after his death. Morrison’s gravesite is in
Paris a popular tourist destination.
Whetu Tirikātene-Sullivan becomes New Zealand’s first Māori cabinet minister as part of Norman Kirk’s Labour government. Tirikātene-Sullivan was sworn in as the Minister of Tourism. Five years earlier she had become an MP, succeeding her later father Sir Eruera Tirikātene as the member for Southern Māori. She died in 2011, aged 79.
Music legend John Lennon is fatally shot in New York City, aged just 40. The former Beatles star was killed by Mark David Chapman as Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono returned to their Manhattan apartment. Chapman has been denied parole 10 times, and is set to seek release from prison again in August 2020.