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Sunday, December 8th marks the 33rd anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. That night in 1980 the former Beatle was shot by Mark David Chapman outside of Lennon's home in New York City.

I'm old enough to remember a time before our current age of instant information saturation. In olden days even big news events took some time to filter out to the world. When one of the most famous people in the world was gunned down one night, apps didn't buzz in pockets and purses with the breaking news. People found out a little by little over the next couple days from TV and radio. Thanks to the Internet we can see how that information made it to the people of 1980 in almost real time. We can watch and listen to what the people at that time saw and heard.

That night was a Monday, and many people first learned of John's death from Howard Cosell during Monday Night Football.


Others learned of it during The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Stevie Wonder announced the news during a show in Oakland, CA that night.

The news also went out on the radio that night - from New York City

To Kansas.

The next morning coverage continued on TV morning shows:

and the evening news:

Here's a longer piece about the shooting: