The 2016 New Year's Honours list of people receiving knighthoods, damehoods and other honorary titles was announced this week.
Lennon even returned his award in 1969. He attached a note to the Queen citing British involvement in the Nigerian civil war and Britain's "support of America in Vietnam" as reasons for the protest.
After a Freedom of Information request from the BBC, a list of people who declined honors and have already died was published, including authors C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl. (Video via TriStar Pictures)
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