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Rufus Wainwright ties knot with partner

Rufus Wainwright ties knot with partner

MONTAUK, N.Y., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- U.S.-Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has married German theater producer Jorn Weisbrodt in a ceremony in front of 250, the New York Post reports.
Mark David Chapman denied parole, 7th time

Mark David Chapman denied parole, 7th time

ALDEN, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Mark David Chapman, convicted of killing former Beatle John Lennon, was denied parole for a seventh time Thursday, New York state corrections officials said.
Lennon killer has parole hearing this week

Lennon killer has parole hearing this week

ALDEN, N.Y., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Mark David Chapman, could find out this week if he will be released from jail, 32 years after killing former Beatle John Lennon, New York prison officials said.
John Lennon killer again seeking parole

John Lennon killer again seeking parole

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon more than 30 years ago, is set for another parole hearing, New York State corrections officials say.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
By United Press International
Julian Lennon still rattled by dad

Julian Lennon still rattled by dad

LONDON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Julian Lennon says the trials of growing up with father John Lennon contributed to his reluctance to become a dad himself.
McCartney and new wife celebrate in NYC

McCartney and new wife celebrate in NYC

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney of Beatles and Wings fame and new wife Nancy Shevell celebrated their recent wedding in Britain with a huge bash in New York City.

Ex-UNESCO chief: Change to oneness values

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The rare global concurrence of socioeconomic and political crises is a call to create values fostering the common good, a former UNESCO chief from Spain says.
Lennons in crowd at McCartney's Vegas show

Lennons in crowd at McCartney's Vegas show

LAS VEGAS, June 12 (UPI) -- Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon were among the 13,000 fans that packed Paul McCartney's Friday night concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
John Lennon's letters to be published

John Lennon's letters to be published

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- The first collection of letters by John Lennon is due out next year, more than 30 years after the former Beatle was gunned down in New York.
Ono: Affirm unity on Global Oneness Day

Ono: Affirm unity on Global Oneness Day

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. activist artist-musician Yoko Ono appealed to the world Thursday to "recognize that we are one" and show this recognition on the first Global Oneness Day.
Ozzy records Lennon cover for charity

Ozzy records Lennon cover for charity

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Ozzy Osbourne has recorded a cover of his fellow British recording artist John Lennon's song "How?" to raise money for Amnesty International.
Yoko Ono donates $55K to storm victims

Yoko Ono donates $55K to storm victims

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Artist and singer Yoko Ono has donated about $55,000 to aid victims of last September's Tropical Storm Ondoy, the Philippine Embassy in Japan said.
Eccleston to play Lennon in TV movie

Eccleston to play Lennon in TV movie

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Christopher Eccleston will portray slain British rock 'n' roll star John Lennon in an upcoming television movie, the BBC announced.
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Yoko Ono
Japanese-American artist/singer Yoko Ono performs with Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band at Royal Festival Hall in London on June 14, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Yoko Ono (Katakana: オノ ヨーコ, Hiragana: おの ようこ「Kanji: 小野 洋子」, Ono Yōko?, born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese artist, musician, author and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to John Lennon. Ono brought feminism to the forefront through her music which prefigured New Wave music (whether she was a direct influence is still debated). She is a supporter of gay rights and is known for her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs.

Yoko Ono was born in 1933 to mother Isoko Ono, the great-granddaughter of Zenjiro Yasuda of the Yasuda banking family, and to father Yeisuke Ono, a banker and one-time classical pianist who was a descendant of an Emperor of Japan. Two weeks before she was born, her father was transferred to San Francisco by his employer, the Yokohama Specie Bank. The rest of the family followed soon after and Yoko met her father when she was two. Her younger brother Keisuke was born in December 1936. In 1937, her father was transferred back to Japan and Ono was enrolled at Tokyo's Gakushuin (also known as the Peers School), one of the most exclusive schools in Japan.

In 1940, the family moved to New York City, where Ono's father was working. In 1941, her father was transferred to Hanoi and the family returned to Japan. Ono was then enrolled in Keimei Gakuen, an exclusive Christian primary school run by the Mitsui family. She remained in Tokyo through the great fire-bombing of March 9, 1945. During the fire-bombing, she was sheltered with other members of her family in a special bunker in the Azabu district of Tokyo, far from the heavy bombing. After the bombing, Ono went to the Karuizawa mountain resort with members of her family.

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