John Lennon of the Beatles was born on Oct. 9, 1940, and would have been 80 today. He was assassinated in 1980. Take a look at his life in photos.
In this 1971 file photo, singer John Lennon appears during a press conference. (AP Photo)
A couple look at the "Lennon Wall" with a face mask attached to the image of John Lennon in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 6, 2020. Like so many other events in the year of coronavirus, an annual tribute to John Lennon held in his adopted city of New York will go online. The five-hour event will be streamed for free on Lennon's birthday, October 9, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time on the LennonTribute.org website. It will feature recorded performances from Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Merchant, Jackson Browne, Jorma Kaukonen and others. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
In this Feb. 9, 1964, file photo, the Beatles perform on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. (AP Photo)
John Lennon speaks as he arrived for a hearing on his case at U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service offices in the lower Manhattan section of New York, May 12, 1972. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
In this Oct. 26, 1965, file photo the Beatles, from left, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, display their Member of The Order of The British Empire medals presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in London, England. (AP Photo)
In this March 2, 1964, file photo, the Beatles, from top left, John Lennon, George Harrison and, from bottom left, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney pose in the window of train at Paddington Station in London. (AP Photo/Bob Dear)
In this April 18, 1972, file photo, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, leave a U.S. immigration hearing in New York City. (AP Photo)
The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison appear at a press conference in New York on Aug. 23, 1966. (AP Photo)
In this Oct. 26, 1965, file photo the Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison smile as they display the Member of The Order of The British Empire medals presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in London, England. (AP Photo)
This Feb. 28, 1968, file photo shows the Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. (AP Photo)
A visitor stands next to a photo of John Lennon by Linda McCartney during the press preview at the exhibition "Sixties" in the Avant-garde House of Art in Apolda, Germany, April 8, 2016. The exhibition presented the works of the photographer Linda McCartney and offered intimate insight into the private life of the McCartneys, the Beatles and other artists. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
The Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Feb. 12, 1964. From left: bassist Paul McCartney, guitarist George Harrison, drummer Ringo Starr, and guitarist John Lennon. (AP Photo)
Members of the British rock band the Beatles visit New York's Central Park, Feb. 8, 1964. From left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. George Harrison, suffering from a sore throat, stayed at the band's hotel per doctor's orders. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi)
John Lennon smiles as he and two bandmates visit New York's Central Park, Feb. 8, 1964. In background are Paul McCartney (back to camera) and Ringo Starr. George Harrison was ailing and confined to the group's hotel room under doctor's order. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi)
In this 1968 photo, John Lennon of the Beatles poses with his son Julian. (AP Photo)
In this June 1967 file photo, Paul McCartney, from left, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon of the Beatles appear backstage during a break in rehearsals for the live broadcast on the "Our World" program at EMI studios in London. (AP Photo)
In this Aug. 22, 1980, file photo, John Lennon, right, and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrive at The Hit Factory, a recording studio in New York City. (AP Photo/Steve Sands)
In this May 5, 1971, file photo musician John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono walk on the Croisette in Cannes. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
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