1973 March 23

U.S. Orders Beatle John Lennon Out of U.S. Within 60 Days


As part of a three-and-a-half-year-long campaign by the U.S. government to deport former Beatle John Lennon, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) on this day ordered him to leave the country within 60 days. The government sought to deport Lennon because of his anti-Vietnam War activities and other criticisms of the U.S. government. The deportation campaign finally ended on October 7, 1975, when a federal appeals court reversed his deportation, ruling that the government could not selectively deport someone because of his or her political views.

Read John Lennon’s FBI file: http://vault.fbi.gov/john-winston-lennon

Read about the FBI’s crusade against Lennon: Jon Weiner, Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files (1999)

Learn more: Philip Norman, John Lennon: The Life (2008)

Hear John Lennon sing Imagine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

Learn more at the John Lennon web site: http://www.johnlennon.com/

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