John Lennon's death shocked the world - but today we celebrate his impact on the world

When John Lennon was shot in 1980, there was grief shared across the globe. Thousands of dedicated fans were distraught by the loss of their legend. 
 
At the time, and years since the incident, thousands have gathered outside The Dakota where the tragedy happened. There was also a global 10 minutes of silence for his passing, and 30,000 convened in Liverpool, Lennon's hometown, in his memory.
Have a look through the gallery at some powerful images.
 
And here's a clip of Elton John's personal tribute to the late musician, Empty Garden.
 
[Photos: Mashable]