Anniversary of Beatles touch-down at JFK

On this day, February 7, back in 1964 the world changed dramatically:

The Beatles, those adorable  moptops, came to New York.


(Photo: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey)

The newsletter describes the momentous day this way:

On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport–and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” At Kennedy, the “Fab Four”–dressed in mod suits and sporting their trademark pudding bowl haircuts–were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.

Two days later, John, Paul, George and Ringo appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and, well, you probably know the rest.

How are you celebrating the day?  In my house, we’re having a Beatles festival!

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