July 18, 1974: The US Government Tries to Kick John Lennon Out
Keystone Hulton Archive
If the Rolling Stones were the world's most dangerous act in the early '70s, the one The Man -- the US government -- was most concerned about was that peace-loving commie John Lennon.
Lennon, the creator of such anarchy-promoting material as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine," was investigated by the FBI and on July 18, 1974 ordered out of the country by the US Justice Department. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because he had once pled guilty to marijuana possession in England.
The US Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.