February 7, 1964

Quite possibly the most influential musical group of all time, the Beatles, led the rock music revolution better known as the “British Invasion.” The Beatles recorded more No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts than any other group in history, with 20. After landing at Kennedy Airport in New York, screaming fans mobbed the Beatles. This day also marks the start of their first U.S. tour. A few hours later, the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan’s TV show, becoming the first British rock group to perform on U.S. television. The group played “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from their album Meet the Beatles, which became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history. The band broke up in 1970, and each member went his separate way. The four “moptops” continued in pursuit of solo careers or new bands. Although there was frequent speculation about a reunion, the possibility died with John Lennon in 1980.