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John Lennon Died 32 Years Ago Today

Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSaturday marks the 32nd anniversary of the death of John Lennon.  The Beatles legend was gunned down by deranged fan Mark David Chapman outside of his New York City apartment building on the evening of December 8, 1980.  A number of events are taking place around the world on this day to mark Lennon's passing.  Among them is the annual the Dream Power John Lennon Super Live concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, which is organized -- and will be attended -- by the rock great's widow, Yoko Ono.  The event raises money for schools in underprivileged countries around the world.

In addition, annual vigils are scheduled to be held in several locations important to Lennon's life and history.  In John's hometown of Liverpool, England, The Beatles Story museum is sponsoring a gathering that will take place at the European Peace Monument, a sculpture dedicated to Lennon's memory that's located outside the city's Echo Arena.  There also will be annual get-togethers in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records Building and in New York City at the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park.

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