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On October 9, 1940, John Winston Ono Lennon entered the world he would change within a mere 40 years.

Singer, songwriter, musician, actor, activist, author, visionary, poet -- he would bear all titles on his slim shoulders, rewriting the rules of modern music and affecting a great many generations in the process.

His role in The Beatles notwithstanding, Lennon has long been recognised as one of the greatest icons of our time. When the BBC ran a poll a few years ago to name the 100 Greatest Britons, he came in eighth. Impressive, considering Charles Darwin came in fourth, William Shakespeare was fifth and Sir Issac Newton, sixth.

If he were alive, John Lennon would turn 65 on October 9. rediff.com pays tribute.

Text: Preetee Brahmbhatt | Photographs: John Lennon
Design: Uday Kuckian

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