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Today marks the 38th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Before the Internet and social media, the news didn’t travel as fast as it does today. However, many Americans found out about Lennon’s tragic death the same way: From Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.

Below is an ESPN “Outside The Lines” story that ran on the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death that detailed the behind-the-scenes goings-on of Cosell’s now infamous announcement and how the legendary sportscaster almost didn’t deliver the earth-shattering news.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.