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7 videos to remember John Lennon on the anniversary of his death

 With illustrations by Je
In this 1971 file photo, singer John Lennon appears during a press conference. Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, that it was publishing “Imagine,” inspired by the John Lennon classic of the same name. With illustrations by Jean Jullien, the book will feature Lennon’s lyrics as it tells of a young pigeon’s mission to advocate for peace. It comes out Sept. 21, 2017, the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

John Lennon, co-founder of The Beatles, was killed 36 years ago today.

The Beatles first appeared in England in 1960, and, according to, "By late 1963, The Beatles—guitarists John Lennon and George Harrison; bassist Paul McCartney; and drummer Ringo Starr—were already a household name in the United Kingdom and much of Europe."

However, they had yet to come to the United States. But that changed on Feb. 9, 1964, when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. wrote that "after landing in New York to thousands of adoring fans, John, Paul, George and Ringo went on to smash television ratings records with a performance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'"

That appearance can be viewed here.

According to, "The group racked up a record total of 20 No. 1s, including such classics as 'Hey Jude,' 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Let It Be.' The Beatles' impact on the Hot 100 was so huge, in 2015 they were named as the top-performing act in the chart's history."

The Beatles became so well known and popular that in June 1965, Queen Elizabeth II of England declared The Beatles a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

However, the band eventually broke up when Lennon left the group in 1969. Funny enough, it wasn't announced until 1970, when Paul McCartney revealed he was leaving as well, according to

Lennon did persue a solo career after the breakup, but in 1975, he "decided to leave the music business to focus on being a father and husband," wrote.

That didn't last for long, however, when in 1980 Lennon decided to stage a comeback.

A few weeks after his album was released, he was gunned down by a fan in front of his hotel on Dec. 8, 1980.

In the 36 years since his death, Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, according to

Numerous memorials have been errected in his memory as well, perhaps the most well known being Strawberry Fields in Central Park in New York City. According to Central Park's website, "To commemorate his life, talents and memory, on March 26, 1981, City Council Member Henry J. Stern designated this area, the couple's favorite in Central Park, as Strawberry Fields."

It is named after another one of The Beatles songs — "Strawberry Fields Forever"

But Lennon's music — both sung and written — still resonates today. Some memorable songs can be heard below.