Note: Photo shows the last known photo ever taken of John Lennon while alive, which is haunting due to the assassin, Mark David Chapman, shown receiving an autograph in front of the Lennon residence in front of the Dakota, at Central Park West.
Tonight, December 8, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon, one of the most popular musicians of the 20th Century.
Millions of Canadians and Americans learned about the murder, not from the news, but rather from a legendary sportscaster named Howard Cosell. He was part of the ABC Sports crew in the broadcast booth in Miami calling a game between the Dolphins and Patriots, when they received breaking news that Lennon had been gunned down in front of his apartment building in New York City, just 90 minutes earlier.
Here's an excellent documentary, which reflects on the moment and the behind-the-scenes chaos that went on while a football game was being played. This was the first time a sports broadcast became "breaking news" for an even which had a profound impact on people all over the world.
It's fitting to remember this moment, on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.
Writer's Note: I was a freshman in college and was watching this game live when the announcement came on. I remember it like it was yesterday.