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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 12/ 8/2010

This day in Beatles history: the death of John Lennon

By Lauren Wiseman

Thirty years ago today, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his New York City apartment.

The 40-year old former Beatle turned solo artist had just released what some hailed as his comeback album, "Double Fantasy," which in 1981 won Album of the Year at the Grammys.

In light of the anniversary of Lennon's death the web is abuzz with photo retrospectives, recaps by journalists, mini documentaries and vigils planned in cities from Liverpool to Central Park's Strawberry Fields in New York.

Since Lennon's death, in traditional American fashion, a slew of yearly conventions, fan magazines, an educational music studio on wheels, and of course, a Vegas show have popped up to both honor and capitalize on the famous Brit whose life was cut short.

In a sign of the times, the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Star, with Yoko Ono and George Harrison's widow, Olivia, finally agreed to sell Beatles albums on iTunes.

So to honor the musical icon, listen to some Lennon music today. Here is one of my favorites:

By Lauren Wiseman  | December 8, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Tags:  John Lennon, The Beatles  
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