1980 – The Murder Of John Lennon
At around 10:50 pm on December 8th 1980, as music legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 pm.
That night during Monday Night Football, famed sportscaster, Howard Cosell would reveal the news to a shocked audience. Ironically, earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of his new album ‘Double Fantasy’ for Chapman.