Wednesday, December 8, marks the 30th anniversary of the death of legendary singer-songwriter and The Beatles co-founder John Lennon.
Born in Liverpool in 1940, Lennon formed his first band, The Quarrymen, in 1957, which went on to become The Beatles the next year with the addition of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The Beatles, which disbanded in 1970, are estimated to have sold more than a billion records worldwide.
Following his break-up with the Beatles, Lennon continued on with a successful solo career.
'Imagine', probably Lennon's most popular solo album, was released in 1971. Its title track, a utopian song by the same name, has been adopted by peace activists around the world as an unofficial anthem.
Lennon was married twice and had a son with each wife. He and Yoko Ono, his second wife, held "bed-ins" during their honeymoon in 1969, allowing the world press into their hotel room as a show of protest against the Vietnam War.
On December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot by disturbed fan, Mark David Chapman, in front of his New York apartment building, where he lived with Ono and their son Sean.
Chapman is serving a sentence of 20 years to life at Attica prison near Rochester, New York.