Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS - Sunday Night, February 9, 1964
The Beatles, the new British sensation, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show last night. An estimated 73 million Americans, the largest viewership ever, tuned in to watch the band perform their hit songs All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want to Hold Your Hand. 50,000 ticket requests were made, but only 703 people were granted admission to the small theater in the heart of New York City. America came to a standstill. Police from several cities reported that the crime rate in their cities dropped dramatically during the show’s broadcast time.