Today marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Take note today of the first reference you see or hear to the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Missing it might be impossible. On social media, on TV, on radio, it’s there, all around us, and for one reason — John Lennon was a member of the Beatles. Yes, he had a successful solo career and was a high-profile peace activist, but at the end of the day, he was a Beatle. And the Beatles, despite breaking up 50 years ago — after barely a decade of making music — remain to this day, remarkably, a constant and all-encompassing cultural presence.