On February 7, 1964, the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. with I Want to Hold Your Hand arrived in the United States.

Sources:

History.com This Day in History: Beatles Arrive in New York

Wikipedia. The Beatles: Beatlemania and the touring years

Note: Although https://www.thebeatles.com/ intuitively would be the best source for information, the site does not contain historical details or a timeline of events.


My own childhood memories of the Beatles were larger than life. I was a baby when they broke up, but their music remained prominent on the radio my entire life. Even now, my 10 and 18 year old daughters know many of their songs by heart.

When I first heard about the Beatles’ arrival in America, it was already part of history. Seeing the screaming young women in the old film clip, I instantly knew that there was something fantastic about this particular group that set them apart from everyone else.

As an adult, I heard a theory that those women were screaming so enthusiastically because some marketing person told them to. I have no idea whether that’s true, but it does make me eager to hear the answers to this question.

AmyBeth

 


What memories do you have of this event? Did your enthusiasm and that of other people in your life match the level we see in historical footage?

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