Today in History: February 7th, 1964

On February 7th, 1964, the Beatles arrived at the newly renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport for their first U.S. tour.

Watch a newsreel from February 10, 1964, that includes coverage of the Beatles visit, which the commentator describes as “Britain’s revenge for the Boston Tea Party.” The newsreel is available through American History in Video.

Read the accounts of those who experienced the Beatles’ first U.S. visit in “We’re going to see the Beatles!” An Oral History of Beatlemania as Told by the Fans Who Were There by Gary Berman, an E-Book available through ebrary, Inc. See chapter 4, “The 1964 Tour.”

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