John Lennon was assassinated on this day by Mark David Chapman. He was shot and killed outside his Manhattan Apartment. Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. Lennon was pronounced dead before he arrived at the hospital.
On this day, in 1941, Jeanette Rankin, a representative from Montana, ad the the first woman elected to Congress was the sole member of congress to vote against declaring war on Japan. She also voted against declaring war on Germany before World War One.
Finally, on this day, in 1775, Colonel Benedict Arnold and General Richard Montgomery began the siege of Quebec in an ill-fated bid to tilt Canadian resources towards the American cause. The siege would until December 31st, when the Americans launched an assault on the city that led to the death of General Montgomery and left Arnold seriously wounded.