John Lennon returns his MBE in protest at British foreign affairs – archive, 26 November 1969

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26 November 1969: The action was in protest against Britain’s involvement in Biafra, support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts

John Lennon, the Beatle, has returned the MBE he was awarded – as were the other three Beatles – in the Birthday Honours of 1965.

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