Today in History: Beatle-Mania in the USA in 1964

Today in History: Beatle-Mania in the USA in 1964

On this day in 1964, the Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States, where thousands of fans greet them at Kennedy Airport in New York in what can only be described as Beetle-Mania. The Beatles’ first scheduled appearance was on American television on Sunday on the Ed Sullivan show (73 million people or 40% of Americans tuned into watch the Beatles sing All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand.)

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Today in History: Last public Beatles performance in 1969

Today in History: Last public Beatles performance in 1969

On this day in 1969, the Beatles gave their last public concert. It was an unannounced performance on the rooftop of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row in London. The Beatles’ last (scheduled) live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

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Today in History: First live TV performance by Elvis Presley in 1956

Today in History: First live TV performance by Elvis Presley in 1956

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley gave his first live performance on U.S. national television as a guest on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in New York. Following a rehearsal in Memphis, Elvis arrived in New York on January 25th. He stayed at the Warwick Hotel on 52nd Street, enjoyed some sightseeing during the following two days before the studio rehearsal on Saturday morning. The show aired Saturday night from CBS Studio 50 where the “King” rocked the world with “Shake, Rattle & Roll”: and “I Got a Woman.”

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History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

On this day in 1947, the English singer, songwriter and actor David Robert Jones (professionally known as David Bowie) was born in London. Bowie died of liver cancer in January 2016, two days after the release of his final album.

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History Today: First U.S. presidential election

History Today: First U.S. presidential election

On this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

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History Today: Joan of Arc born in 1412

History Today: Joan of Arc born in 1412

Today (supposedly) marks the 609th birthday of the French national heroine and Catholic saint, Joan of Arc (the Maid of Orleans). The peasant girl born in the east of France was said to have acted under divine guidance when she led the French army to victory over the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Many quick victories made her famous. In 1430 soldiers of Burgundy captured her and gave her to her English enemies who tried her for heresy and burned her at the stake (1412-1431).

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History: 1st Presidential TV Debate in 1960

History: 1st Presidential TV Debate in 1960
On this day in 1960, for the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator of Massachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters. It was the first of four televised debates. On November 8, 1960, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.

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Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

50 years ago today, American musician Jimi Hendrix died after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old. Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music.

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Beatles’ Last Commercial Performance in 1966

Beatles’ Last Commercial Performance in 1966

Popular British rock group, the Beatles, played their last live concert in front of a paying public at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The band came together one last time for an unannounced performance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building in London.

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Today in History: Woodstock Music Festival in 1969

Today in History: Woodstock Music Festival in 1969

51 years ago today, the Woodstock Music Festival opened in the small town of Bethal in upstate New York. Planned as a small event on a patch of farmland, the pop and rock festival went down in history: almost half a million rock fans came to Woodstock to celebrate “Three Days of Peace and Music.”

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