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It was a half-century ago tomorrow that the Beatles arrived on U.S. shores for their first American tour and appearances on the Ed Sullivan show that kicked off Beatlemania and transformed pop music.

Fans scream with excitement as The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 7, 1964.CBS Photo Archive / CBS via Getty Images
The Beatles speak at a press conference following their arrival. From left: John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartneyAP
The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport on Feb. 7, 1964- / AFP - Getty Images