February 7, 1964: The Beatles first arrive in America
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles made their American debut.
The iconic rock group had only just attained their first U.S. Number One hit six days prior with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” but they were still greeted by 3,000 screaming and rioting fans.
The young Brits made their now historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show two days later. Their performance was difficult to hear due to the squeals of teenage girls in the studio audience. But that didn’t stop 40 percent of the U.S. population from tuning in to watch.
Rarely Seen Photos Taken Just After History Was Made
Sometimes with history’s most momentous episodes, we find the truth, the full weight, of the moment not in images of the moment itself, but in images of its immediate aftermath, whether it’s hours, minutes, or mere seconds later.
You’ve undoubtedly seen copious photos of the JFK assassination, September 11th, “Tank Man” at Tiananmen Square, and on and on. But now, it’s what came right after those moments — and many others — that you really need to see.