Beatles Invade America: 50 Years Ago Today

February 07, 2014 | Marty Mossa

On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The nation was in a state of shock, disbelief, and deep depression. As the U.S. tried to restore a sense of normality, teenagers in particular struggled to cope, as their disbelief began to be replaced by a personal reaction to what had happened: in school essays, teenagers wrote that “then it became real”, and “I was feeling the whole world is going to collapse on me”, and “I never felt so empty in all my life” (Wikipedia, January/2014).

As US citizens struggled to rid themselves from their grief; a band on the other side of the Atlantic was growing in popularity. Plans were finalized to bring the “fab” four Beatles to the United States. As a result, this would be the beginning of the healing process for America.

On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Flight 101 left Heathrow Airport in London. Among the passengers on the plane were the Beatles. This was their first trip to the US as a band, with their entourage of photographers and journalists. When the group arrived at New York’s newly renamed John F. Kennedy Airport, they were greeted by a large crowd, with Beatles fans estimated to number four thousand, and journalists, at two hundred. ” (Wikipedia, January/2014).

There wasn’t a whole lot going on sports wise on Friday, February 7, 1964. The football season ended six weeks prior. Since the NHL had only six teams at the time; there were no games scheduled that night. The NBA had three games that night. The results were as follows:
Feb 7, 1964 Boston Celtics 133, New York Knicks 112 at Boston
Feb 7, 1964 Cincinnati Royals 126, Philadelphia 76ers 114 at Cincinnati
Feb 7, 1964 Detroit Pistons 111, Los Angeles Lakers 103 at Los Angeles

What a difference 50 years make. In 1964 the NBA had nine teams, today they have 30. On February 7, 1964, there were only three scheduled games. Today, Friday, February 7, 2014 there are 10 games scheduled. In 1964 there were only six NHL teams. Today there are 30. There were no games scheduled on 2/4/64, today, 2/4/14 there are five games scheduled.