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40 Years Ago: John Lennon Ordered to Leave the US by Immigration Authorities

On March 23, 1973, John Lennon was issued an order by US immigration authorities to leave the United States. He was given 60 days to do so. The reason given for the deportation stemmed from his conviction in 1968 in England for possession of marijuana; however, as we now know, it had more to do with the Nixon administration's general fear of Lennon, his political views and his influence. Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, was, however, granted permanent residence at the time.

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Yoko Ono Urges New Gun Control Laws

Since John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980, his widow Yoko Ono has devoted herself to campaigning for stricter gun control legislation -- so it's only fitting that yesterday (March 21), Ono celebrated what should have been their 44th wedding anniversary by issuing a poignant reminder of what's at stake in the ongoing battle over our interpretation of the Second Amendment.

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New Film ‘Imagines’ a Life Inspired by John Lennon

Classic rockers are featuring quite a bit in the plots of movies these days. Last month, 'Not Fade Away,' a film about New Jersey teenagers inspired by the Rolling Stones to form a band, opened in theaters. This spring will see the beginning of production on 'Imagine,' in which a musician receives a letter of encouragement from John Lennon.

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John Lennon’s Former Island Up for Sale

A small island off the west coast of Ireland that once belonged to John Lennon is up for sale. Business Week is reporting that Dorinish Island is currently on the market for 300,000 euros, approximately $384,000.

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John Lennon’s Killer Would Prefer to Stay in Prison

Last week, Mark David Chapman was denied parole for a seventh straight time since serving the minimum of his 20 year to life sentence for shooting Beatle John Lennon. That seems to be what he wants. The convicted killer says that if were granted parole he would “probably stay right where I’m at.”

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Beatles-Themed Cruise to Launch in 2013

With music festival cruises being all the rage these days, it makes sense that there would be a cruise dedicated to the most popular group of all-time. In March 2013, the Cruise for Beatles Fans will sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on the sea of green for a week-long floating celebration of all things John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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John Lennon’s Killer, Mark David Chapman, Denied Parole

For the seventh time since being convicted of killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. The New York Department of Corrections announced the ruling this morning, meaning the man who shot the Beatle on December 8, 1980 will serve at least two more years in jail.

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John Lennon’s Murderer Up for Parole This Week in Alden

John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, will meet with the parole board at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden this week. Chapman murdered the former Beatle outside his New York City apartment building,  The Dakota, on December 8, 1980.

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Ringo Starr Says Second Generation Reincarnation of the Beatles Won’t Happen

Three of the four sons of famous Beatles are willing to team up to honor their dads. James McCartney — son of Paul – had suggested the possibility earlier this year, adding that Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison were fond of the idea.

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Cee Lo Green Angers Fans by Imagining Different John Lennon Lyrics

Cee Lo Green is known for doing his own thing, from feathered costumes and defying gravity to dropping the f-bomb in every chorus of his biggest hit. But when the soulful singer changed lyrics to John Lennon‘s legendary ‘Imagine,’ fans felt like it was a ‘F— You’ to the former Beatle‘s message.

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