• It's a big anniversary for The Beatles today
  • 59 years ago, they visited the US for the first time
  • That day was Feb. 7, 1964, in New York City

This day in history: The Beatles arrive in New York. February 7, 1964. Arriving at Kennedy Airport, this was the British rock band's first visit to America, paving the way for "Beatlemania."

The Beatles took America by storm in 1964

They were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who almost caused a riot when they stepped off the plane.

Two days later, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Also interesting:

About 40 percent of the U.S. population — 73 million U.S. television viewers — tuned in to watch.

The Beatles’ first American tour left a major imprint on the nation’s cultural memory. The band was the perfect catalyst for America's youth to shift away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s...

See more in the video above!