Beatlemania launched in the U.S. 50 years ago

The Beatles made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," America's must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked off Beatlemania on this side of the pond.

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, Paul McCartney, right, shows his guitar to host Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. The Beatles made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," America's must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked off Beatlemania. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, Paul McCartney, right, shows his guitar to host Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. The Beatles made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," America's must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked off Beatlemania. (AP Photo, File)

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