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These Iconic Photos Of Musician John Lennon Prove His Ongoing Legacy

The musician was shot and killed in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980.

Posted on December 9, 2021, at 4:12 p.m. ET

John lennon in a shearling jacket looking at the camera on a country road half out of a car
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British musician and composer John Lennon in Germany, circa 1966

the beatles holding awards wearing suits in front of a painting of a town
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The Beatles — Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr — after each received an MBE at Buckingham Palace on Oct. 26, 1965.

john lennon holding a guitar on stage in a suit
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John Lennon, singer, guitarist, and songwriter with the Beatles, plays an acoustic guitar during a television show filmed in Manchester, England, on Nov. 25, 1963.

The Beatles on a train in one booth, with glasses beer and cigarettes on the table as the landscape goes by
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British pop group the Beatles touring by train in Europe in the 1960s.

john lennon in shorts and a button down shirt wading in the ocean with a crowd

John Lennon of the Beatles emerges from the surf in Miami in February 1964.

John Lennon with his face squished between two seat headrests wearing a hat with feathers
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Musician John Lennon during the filming of Magical Mystery Tour in the west of England on Sept. 16, 1967.

the four beatles wave and give the camera a thumbs up in matching outfits
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The Beatles prepare to perform their new single "Hello, Goodbye" on stage at the Saville Theatre in London in 1967.

john lennon playing a giant tambourine with a microphone in the forefrint
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John on tambourine at a recording session in the 1960s.

john lennon cross legged on a pillow holding a guitar
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John Lennon playing the guitar in Rishikesh, India, where he was following a transcendental course with the rest of the Beatles members in 1968.

the beatles and their wives sit in a large group of people on a red platform wearing flower wreathes with a guru in india
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The Beatles and their wives at the Rishikesh in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in March 1968.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono  at their wedding in a parking lot with two cars behind them
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John Lennon waves his marriage certificate as his bride, Japanese artist Yoko Ono, stands at his side after their wedding at the Rock of Gibraltar on March 20, 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono  in bed with signs behind them that reads hair peace bed peace a guitar and flowers are on the bed
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono give a press conference in bed in their Amsterdam hotel, six days after their wedding in Gibraltar.

John Lennon and his young son on a bed with floral pattern sheets sitting between two giant stuffed bears
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John Lennon and his son Julian in 1968.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono  in a protest john wears a hat glasses and carries a sign that reads the red mole
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John Lennon and his wife, artist, and musician Yoko Ono, as they attend a rally in London in 1975.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono  in a crowd in new york, john wears a suit and tie and flashes a peace sign at the camera
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John Lennon gives the peace sign as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrive for a hearing on their deportation case at the US Immigration and Naturalization Service office in lower Manhattan on May 12, 1972.

John Lennon in a tight close up photographed days before his death
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John Lennon of The Beatles is seen here in December 1980.

John Lennon in front of a curtain with long hair his signature glasses and a necklace
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John Lennon is seen at a news conference on May 13, 1968, at the Americana Hotel in New York.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono  in beige sitting giving an interview and holding up olives to the camera
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Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, in 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in white holding a poster which reads 'War Is Over, If You Want It'.
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono protest against the Vietnam War in December 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono  in sunglasses on a sunny day, new york city street
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John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, in New York City on Aug. 22, 1980.

People in a crowd holding signs that say oh untimely death and thank you john after the death of john lennon
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People gather at Central Park in New York to mourn the death of John Lennon in December 1980.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.