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The Beatles Touchdown in New York City – NYS Music

The Beatles Touchdown in New York City – NYS Music

The Beatles Touchdown in New York City – NYS Music
February 08
09:56 2021

On Friday, February 7, 1964, Beatlemania arrived in the United States, as John, Paul, George and Ringo touched down on Pan Am Flight 101 at JFK Airport in Queens. More than 3,000 screaming fans greeted the mod suit wearing Beatles on the tarmac, leading to a few injuries among the crowd.
the beatlesAP photo

In Anthology, Paul McCartney shared his thoughts as the plane approached New York.

There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody had expected. We heard about it in mid-air. There were journalists on the plane, and the pilot had rang ahead and said, ‘Tell the boys there’s a big crowd waiting for them.’ We thought, ‘Wow! God, we have really made it.’
Paul McCartney

At nearly 1:30 p.m., the plane taxied to the terminal and the aircraft door opened. Cheers and screams rang out from the crowd. The NY Daily News reported a 17-year-old June Clayton of Brooklyn saying “They’re so cute. And Ringo’s the cutest. Look at them comb their hair!”

In addition to the huge crowd carrying signs and placards, the press numbered 200, reporters, photographers and cameramen among them.
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