John Lennon's Death: 10 Minutes Of Global Silence

By | December 2, 2019

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John Lennon's enduring memorial in New York City. (Fine Art America)

Few events in history can bring thousands upon thousands of people together for a single cause, but in December 1980, one tragedy silenced the world for 10 minutes straight. That heartbreaking event was the assassination of John Lennon, one of the greatest musicians and songwriters the world had ever seen. As many as 30,000 people assembled in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool and 225,000 in New York City to mourn Lennon's passing, and across the world, millions held their collective silence to say goodbye to a legend. Here's how one of the last historic global vigils went down. 

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Thousands gathered to say goodbye to Lennon. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."

Undoubtedly, John Lennon was a dreamer, and judging by how his passing affected people all over the world, he wasn't the only one. At 2:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on December 14, 1980, six days after Lennon was shot and killed, people all over the world fell silent to observe his tragic passing. Even the radio waves went mute for the 10-minute silence, which was planned by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.