Today in 1964, The Beatles played Ed Sullivan

Today in 1964, The Beatles made their first live U.S. television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The band perform five songs, including “I Want To Hold Your Hand.,” before an estimated television audience of 73 million people (over one-third of the entire U.S. population) – at the time, the largest television audience ever. 40% of the people watching were between the ages of 8-18. Welcome to the new generation.