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BY THE NUMBERS: The Beatles On ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

One of the biggest events in TV history took place 54 years ago today.

After landing at New York’s JFK Airport two days prior, The Beatles made their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, and music was never the same.

In honor of this iconic moment in pop culture history, here are some important statistics every music lover should know:

Date of performance: February 9, 1964
Distance from Heathrow Airport to JFK Airport: 3,446 miles
People who tuned in to watch: 73 million
Percentage of American households that tuned in: 45.3%
Songs played: 5 (“All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”)
Moments in TV history that matches The Beatles On ‘Sullivan’: 0

The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, 9th February 1964, performing "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

It's 9th February 1964. With George's bad throat now, thankfully, better; at 8pm on Sunday 9th February, 1964, the live broadcast of the first Ed Sullivan Show was aired with the full Beatle line-up. The band played five songs (All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand) and made broadcasting history.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.