It was on December 8, 1980 that John Lennon was shot dead outside The Dakota, his apartment building in New York City. He and his wife Yoko were returning from the recording studio when they fatefully stopped to speak with some fans and sign some autographs. Most of America, including me, heard the news during a break in the action on Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell made the announcement during the New England patriots - Miami Dolphins game.