Video: John Lennon announced dead by Howard Cosell in 1980

At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 pm. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman.

The world found out about John Lennon’s death through Howard Cosell on the NFL Monday Night Football game.