Today in History: The Beatles Appear on The Ed Sullivan Show

1961, The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, for the very first time (as The Beatles), they would go on to make a total of 292 other appearances at the Club.
1961, The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, for the very first time (as The Beatles), they would go on to make a total of 292 other appearances at the Club.
The Beatles are seen performing, date unknown. From left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon. (AP Photo)
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1964, The Beatles made their US live debut on CBS-TV's 'The Ed Sullivan Show'; they performed five songs including their current No.1 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' watched by an estimated 73 million people. The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio.
ARCHIV - 'The Beatles' treten am 9. Februar 1964 in der Ed Sullivan Show in New York auf. Alle Beatles-Alben werden im September 2009 in neuem Sound wieder veroeffentlicht. (AP Photo) ** zu unserem KORR APD3756 ** --- FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. (AP Photo, file)
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1967, The film for the latest Beatles single 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever' was shown on BBC-TV's Top Of The Pops. It was the first Beatles single not to make No.1 in the UK since 1963, held off the top by Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Release Me.'
ARCHIV - Die Beatles, aufgenommen am 28. Februar 1968. Von links: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr und George Harrison. Alle Beatles-Alben werden im September 2009 in neuem Sound wieder veroeffentlicht. (AP Photo) ** NUR S/W * zu unserem KORR APD3756 ** --- FILE - The Beatles pose together on Feb. 28, 1968 in an unknown location. From left are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. (AP Photo) ** B/W ONLY **
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1968, Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
1968, Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
** FILE ** In this June 4, 1967 file photo, The Monkees, from left: Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz pose with their Emmy award at the 19th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Calif. Peter Tork said Thursday, March 5, 2009 that he has a rare form of head and neck cancer, but the prognosis is good. (AP Photo)
1972, Paul McCartney's Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived unannounced asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening. The band's intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, refused to allow them to play so they drove on to Nottingham. Admission was 40p, British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz was the opening act for the tour.
1972, Paul McCartney's Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived unannounced asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening. The band's intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, refused to allow them to play so they drove on to Nottingham. Admission was 40p, British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz was the opening act for the tour.
A member of the former Beatles pop group, Paul McCartney speaks to newsmen while visiting Oxford in May 1973, with his newly forward stage group ‘Wings” on their first major United Kingdom Tour. (AP Photo/John Glanvill)
1981, American singer Bill Haley was found dead, fully clothed on his bed at his home in Harlington, Texas from a heart attack, Haley had sold over 60 million records during his career. Scored the 1955 UK & US No.1 single 'Rock Around The Clock', and became known as the first Rock 'n' Roll star. Haley was blinded in his left eye as a child due to a botched operation and later adopted his distinctive spit-curl hairstyle to distract attention from his blind eye.
1981, American singer Bill Haley was found dead, fully clothed on his bed at his home in Harlington, Texas from a heart attack, Haley had sold over 60 million records during his career. Scored the 1955 UK & US No.1 single 'Rock Around The Clock', and became known as the first Rock 'n' Roll star. Haley was blinded in his left eye as a child due to a botched operation and later adopted his distinctive spit-curl hairstyle to distract attention from his blind eye.
This is a photo of Bill Haley taken in January, 1957. He is the lead singer of the rock-and-roll group "The Comets," whose famous song is "Rock Around the Clock." He was born in 1927 and died in 1981. (AP Photo)
1982, George Harrison presented UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million (£5.3 million), ten years after the fundraising concert for Bangladesh.
1982, George Harrison presented UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million (£5.3 million), ten years after the fundraising concert for Bangladesh.
George Harrison, foreground, is shown with Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil in the pits at the Canadian Grand Prix Formula 1 auto race in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 27, 1980. (AP Photo/Siberny)
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1985, Madonna started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Like A Virgin', a No.3 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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2009, Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.
2009, Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 08: Musician Ringo Starr attends the 2401st Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony honoring musician Ringo Starr on February 8, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
2009, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for 'Please Read The Letter.' Coldplay, (who won song of the year for 'Viva La Vida') Adele, Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel were among other UK acts to be honoured. John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for 'Gravity', Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with 'Sex on Fire', Best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for 'Girls In Their Summer Clothes' and Lil' Wayne won Best rap solo performance and Best rap album for Tha Carter III.
2009, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for 'Please Read The Letter.' Coldplay, (who won song of the year for 'Viva La Vida') Adele, Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel were among other UK acts to be honoured. John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for 'Gravity', Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with 'Sex on Fire', Best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for 'Girls In Their Summer Clothes' and Lil' Wayne won Best rap solo performance and Best rap album for Tha Carter III.
Robert Plant performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
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