I wasn't around at the time, I was about negative 10 1/2! I was born in 1991. But, both my parents have been huge Beatles fans every since they became famous, especially my mom. She was 8 when they came on the Ed Sullivan Show for the 1st time, and my dad was 7. So, I asked them where they were when they heard about the bad news, and my mom said she was at work like any other normal day. Then, it came on the radio or something, and she and her friend who worked with her just broke down. They both couldn't function all day, they just hugged each other and cried.
I think my dad just heard it on the radio in his apartment or something. He said he cried, John is and always was his favorite, he thinks the world of him. I've never seen my dad cry before, ever. But he said he did when John died.
On VH1 on tv a few months ago, there was a show on with the top 40 most shocking moments in rock 'n' roll history. John's death was #1, I guessed that it would be. They showed videos of the people giving a moment of silence, and played what was heard on the radios and stuff. I started to cry, and I wasn't even around to experience it when it really happened. Watching that show and the Imagine movie were the closest I got to experiencing it. John has had such an effect on the world, I've known who he was since I was like 3. None of us fans knew him personally, but love him and miss him so much.