Today in History: The Beatles Land in the US for the First Time

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1963, The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label.
British band The Beatles (from Left), Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr hold up their MBE (Bristish Empire Medal) awards at news conference following their investiture on October 26, 1965 at Buckingham Palace in London . AFP / UPI PHOTO (Photo credit should read PETER SKINGLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
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1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
London, UNITED KINGDOM: TO GO WITH AFP STORY "Now he's 64: Paul McCartney celebrates that birthday" (FILES) Picture taken 18 August 1964 of the British pop music group "Beatles" leaving the London airport for a tour in United-States. Paul McCartney was just 24 when The Beatles first recorded their hit track "When I'm Sixty-Four". Forty years on, the former Beatle finally found out the answers to the long list of questions contained in the song as he celebrated his landmark birthday 18 June 2006. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
1967, Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.
1967, Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.
This three English brothers, "The Bee Gees" hit the top in 1968 with their singing , and ar still there with one of their biggest hits of the year "How Deep Is Your Love." Defying tradition they changes styles, from their first syrupy style, they added funk and freshness to their sound, another reason for their popularity. From left to right, Robbin Gibb,Maurice Gibb and Barry Gibb posing December 12, 1977. AP Phptp/Ho)
1969, The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, England.
1969, The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, England.
Members of “The Who” rock group from left to right are Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle in July 1978. (AP Photo)
1969, John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stones Man Of The Year.
1969, John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stones Man Of The Year.
Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pose in short hair at their farmhouse retreat in North Jutland, Denmark, Jan. 23, 1970. (AP Photo)
1969, Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California.
1969, Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California.
Singer Jim Morrison leaves the courtroom in Miami, Florida on Oct. 30, 1970, in the custordy of a police officer after he was sentenced to six months in jail and fined for $500 for using profanity in public and indecent exposure. Morrison remained free on $50, 000 bond pending disposition of an appeal. the charges stemmed from a 1969 perfromance bu Morrison in an appearacne in Miami Florida, USA with The Doors. (AP Photo)
1970, Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Released in November 1969, and featuring the US No. 4 single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US, the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.
1970, Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Released in November 1969, and featuring the US No. 4 single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US, the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.
Members of the Led Zeppelin pop group, from left, John Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, pose with singer Sandy Denny after receiving their awards in the Melody Maker Pop Poll in London, England, in Sept. 1970. Denny was voted Britain's top female singer. (AP Photo)
1976, Paul Simon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover', the singers first solo US No.1.
1976, Paul Simon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover', the singers first solo US No.1.
American singer Paul Simon performs for 20,000 fans in an open air stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe on Feb. 14, 1987, the first day of a two-day “Graceland in Concert” event by Simon and 25 black South African musicians. It was Simon’s first public performance in Africa of his “Graceland” album which blends African rhythms with American pop music. (AP Photo)
1980, Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
1980, Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
London, UNITED KINGDOM: Pink Floyd salute an audience for the first time in 24 years at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London 02 July 2005. AFP photo by by John D McHugh. (Photo credit should read JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
1981, John Lennon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman', an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon's third No.1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.
1981, John Lennon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman', an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon's third No.1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.
John Lennon of The Beatles is shown circa 1969 at an unknown location. (AP Photo)
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1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Open Your Heart', her 5th US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
** STAND-ALONE PHOTO PACKAGE FOR USE WITH MADONNA'S 50TH BIRTHDAY - FILE ** In this April 10, 1985 file photo, Madonna performs in Seattle as she opened her first national tour. (AP Photo/Barry Sweet, file)
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2001, U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.
2001, U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.
LONDON - OCTOBER 23: U2 members (L-R) Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton pose for photos as they visit Radio 1 studios in Maida Vale, London on October 23, 2000. The band were there to promote their new album All That You Can't Leave Behind (ATYCLB). (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
2004, Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock.'
2004, Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock.'
Members of rock band Queen from left to right are Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor and Brian May December 1978. (AP Photo)
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