Fans Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday
It's been almost 32 years since The Beatles' John Lennon was killed outside his building on New York City's Upper West Side on December 8, 1980, by unstable gunman Mark David Chapman, 57, but fans of Lennon still come out on October 9 every year to celebrate his birthday.
About 50 people arrived at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, which was awarded eight years after his death, to celebrate his life and music on the evening that he would have turned 72. Fans of all ages gathered around to sign a birthday card, eat birthday cake and sing a rendition of Lennon's iconic "Imagine," reports the Los Angeles Times.
"It means a lot to be here," said Philip Lopez, who named his son, Lennon Lopez, 5, after John Lennon. "It's not just about his music. It's about what he stood for: peace, love, coming together."
The event was organized by Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin, who has hosted posthumous annual celebrations for Lennon since 1981 and for fellow Beatle George Harrison since his death from cancer in 2001.
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