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By The Numbers: The Beatles On ‘Ed Sullivan’

One of the biggest events in TV history took place 52 years ago today.

After landing at New York’s JFK Airport two days prior, The Beatles made their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, and music was never the same.

In honor of this iconic moment in pop culture history, here’s some important statistics every music lover should know:

Date of performance: February 9, 1964
Distance between Heathrow Airport to JFK Airport: 3,446 miles
People who tuned in to watch: 73 million
Percentage of American households that tuned in: 45.3%
Songs played: 5 (“All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”)
Moments in TV history that matches The Beatles On ‘Sullivan’: 0

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.