The Beatles arrived in the United States 50 years ago to mark the British Invasion.
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The Beatles made their first, windswept trip to the United States on Feb. 7, 1964, marking the "British Invasion." (From left) Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
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The band planned appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," a concert at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (From left) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
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(From left) Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon hold a press conference at the airport.
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The Beatles face the media at the airport. President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas 11 weeks earlier, and the airport had been renamed in his honor on Christmas Eve.
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Police enforce barricades as fans push forward in hopes of a glimpse of the Beatles outside The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
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Screaming teenagers wave a banner welcoming the Beatles.
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The Beatles wave to fans assembled below their hotel window.
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Five-year-old Debbie Fyall, of London, sits on John Lennon's shoulders while he, Paul McCartney, left, and Ringo Starr walk Feb. 8, 1964, in New York City's Central Park.
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Neil Aspinall, second left, stood in for George Harrison during rehearsals for "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 8, 1964, while Harrison recovered from a 102-degree temperature. (From left) Paul McCartney, Aspinall, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr on drums.
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Fans enjoy the performance on Feb. 8, 1964. The set was on CBS' Studio 50 lot, which accommodated 700 audience members -- much less than the 50,000 requests for seating that were received, according to "The Ed Sullivan Show" website.
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Paul McCartney, right, shows his bass guitar to Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on Feb. 9, 1964.
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Photographers surround the Beatles before their first live television appearance.
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"Now yesterday and today our theater's been jammed with newspapermen and hundreds of photographers from all over the nation, and these veterans agreed with me that this city never has witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves the Beatles," announced Sullivan, center, before their performance. "Now tonight, you're gonna twice be entertained by them. Right now, and again in the second half of our show. Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles! Let's bring them on."
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An estimated 73 million Americans tuned in to the show that evening, the largest ever for a TV show at the time.
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The Beatles performed "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand," according to "The Ed Sullivan Show" website.
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American speed skating champion Terry McDermott, top center, prepares to take a swipe at Paul McCartney, seated, to the mock horror of the other Beatles and TV host Ed Sullivan during rehearsals on Feb. 9, 1964. (From left) George Harrison, Ringo Starr, McDermott, Ed Sullivan and John Lennon.
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(From left) John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney walk Feb. 10, 1964, in Central Park in New York City.
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The Beatles strike a pose on a stack of rowboats in Central Park.
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The Beatles, pictured on Feb. 10, 1964.
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The Beatles perform Feb. 11, 1964, at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. -- one day before their first official U.S. concert in New York.
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A group of photographs, including this one, was shot by 18-year-old Mike Mitchell during the Beatles' Washington Coliseum performance.
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Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon perform at the Washington Coliseum.
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(From left) Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon attend a charity ball Feb. 11, 1964, at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
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John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, go out after the show on Feb. 11, 1964.
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Police security officers lead George Harrison and the rest of the band to Carnegie Hall's stage door on West 56th Street before their first official U.S. concert on Feb. 12, 1964, in New York City.
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(From left) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr (on drums) and John Lennon perform in Carnegie Hall for the first time.