Dec. 8, 1980: This day will live in infamy of Beatles fans forever. John Lennon was returning home from recording music when he got to the Dakota apartment building and was shot fatally in the back of the head 4 times by a crazed gunman named Mark David Chapman, claiming to be a fan.
Peter Sutcliffe, aka the Yorkshire Ripper, is arrested after 13 murders
Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as the first female judge to the Supreme Court
May 11, 1981: Bob Marley dies from skin cancer
August 1, 1981: MTV premiers for first time
The Rolling Stones release their Steel Wheels album, signaling an end to the Jagger-Richards fighting. They also embark on a tour that same year to promote it, and are also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that same year