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The Killing of John Lennon - timeline

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1955

Tuesday 10th May: Mark David Chapman is born. (Fort Worth, Texas)

1964

Friday 10th January: Introducing... The Beatles is released in the US. (United States)

1970

Sunday 20th September: The Beatles break up.

1980

September: Mark David Chapman imagines shooting people and reads The Catcher in the Rye. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

October: Mark David Chapman goes to New York in search of John Lennon. (New York City, New York)

Saturday 18th October: People write their names on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Sunday 19th October: People write their names on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Monday 20th October: Mark Chapman signs his name on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Tuesday 21st October: Someone's name is written on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Wednesday 22nd October: Someone's name is written on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Thursday 23rd October: Mark Chapman writes John Lennon's name on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua and crosses it out. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

November: Mark Chapman is inspired after watching the movie Ordinary People. (New York City, New York)

Thursday 20th November: Mark Chapman lies to his wife Gloria by telling her that he threw away the gun he was going to use to kill John Lennon. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Saturday 6th December: Mark Chapman returns to New York, speaks to two women, and gets the album Double Fantasy from a record store. (New York City, New York)

Sunday 7th December: Mark Chapman spends the night with a prostitute. (New York City, New York)

Monday 8th December: Mark David Chapman meets a photographer, gets John Lennon to sign Double Fantasy, kills John Lennon, and gets arrested. (New York City, New York)

Tuesday 9th December: The headline of the New York Post: "I JUST SHOT JOHN LENNON". (New York City, New York)

Wednesday 10th December: The Sun headline: "Beatle Lennon dies in a hail of bullets. THEY LOVED HIM, YEAH YEAH YEAH". (United Kingdom)

Thursday 11th December: New York Post headline: "John Lennon Case Sensation. DEATH THREATS TO LAWYER!" (New York City, New York)

1981

January: Mark Chapman pleads guilty. (New York City, New York)

Monday 30th March: John Hinckley Jr. attempts to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. (Washington D.C.)

Monday 24th August: Mark David Chapman is sentenced to prison for 20 years to life. (New York City, New York)

Tuesday 25th August: Daily News headline: LENNON KILLER GETS 20-TO-LIFE. (New York City, New York)


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