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100 YEARS OF SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL AVIATION: 1964 THE BEATLES ARRIVING AT JFK

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100 YEARS OF SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL AVIATION:  1964 THE BEATLES ARRIVING AT JFK

Last week in our 100 Years of Scheduled Commercial Aviation Time Line Series you could read about when the Inflight Motion Picture System was developed for commercial aircrafts in 1961.  This week we continue on the time line to 1964 when The Beatles arrive at JFK for the first time.

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February 7, 1964 was the day The Beatles' American invasion began. The Beatles' Boeing 707, Pan Am flight 101, left London Airport early on the morning, bound for New York City. 

Its arrival was met with 3,000 hysterically screaming fans, many of them in tears, in one of the most iconic moments in rock & roll history.

The Beatles, all in their early 20s, were in New York to make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, although they stopped for a now-famous press conference at Kennedy Airport. (When asked about the current campaign in Detroit to "stamp out the Beatles," Paul McCartney replied, "We're bringing out a Stamp Out Detroit campaign.") Though they had just scored their first major radio hit in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand," their American reception still shocked the band. Little did they know that their arrival at JFK was only the beginning.

Here is a sample from a 15 minute clip made from every newsreel, newsreport, raw footage, etc filmed of the boys arriving in America on that historical day! Enjoy!

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