Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Month: February 1964


Here come the Beatles!


Music: 
After months of #1 songs from the likes of The Singing Nun and Bobby Vinton, the Beatles' fifth single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was the #1 song for all 5 weeks in February. In fact, it remained at #1 until mid-March, when it was overtaken by "She Loves You" (which was the #2 song for the last 2 weeks of February).

2/9 - The Beatles make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
2/11 - The Beatles play their first US concert - in Washington DC.


News: 
In addition to all the Beatles' hoopla:
2/2 - GI Joe toy is introduced
2/24 - Muhammed Ali defeats Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing crown


Movies: 
No new movies were released this month.


Births: 
2/05 - Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan
2/10 - TV talk show host Glenn Beck
2/11 - politician Sarah Palin
2/11 - singer Sheryl Crow
2/15 - actor Chris Farley
2/18 - actor Matt Dillon
2/20 - actor French Stewart


Deaths: 
2/15 - Chicago Cubs' 2nd baseman Ken Hubbs (plane crash at age 22)


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