New York City (JFK+50) Fifty years ago this evening, February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on American television here in New York.
The British rock group, which came to be known as the "Fab Four," performed five of their hit songs on the world famous Ed Sullivan Show.
The Manhattan studio audience of 728 was composed of mostly "out of control," screaming teenage girls.
73 million Americans tuned in to see the Beatles perform including Knoxvillian Kay Elliott who is quoted in today's News Sentinel as saying...
"I remember how long their hair was and how exotic I thought they looked. The girls were screaming so loud it was hard to hear the music."
Jack Stiles, one of the owners of Raven Records and Rarities in Knoxville, Tennessee, was also quoted saying...
"I think it was the most defining pop-culture moment in our lifetime."
University of Tennessee lecturer Sean McCollough, who teaches a class on the history of rock 'n' roll, added...
"When you look at the Beatles from a historical standpoint, they really did transform what we think rock is."
Following is a list of the 5 tunes performed by the Beatles 50 years ago tonight:
"All my lovin'"
"Til there was you"
"She loves you"
"I saw her standing there"
"I wanna hold your hand."
"It was 50 years ago today: With Beatles' American debut, East Tennesseans' world changed," by Mike Blackerby, Knoxville News Sentinel, February 9, 2014.
FIRST US COMBAT TROOPS ARRIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM
Saigon, South Vietnam (JFK+50) Forty-nine years ago today, February 9, 1965, the first American combat troops arrived here in South Vietnam.
Previously, American military forces stationed in Southeast Asia were there on an advisory capacity to the South Vietnamese Army.
President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the order to send in combat troops to better assist the South Vietnamese in their struggle against the North Vietnamese communists.
Communist China and the Soviet Union threatened to intervene in the war while in Moscow 2000 demonstrators attacked the American Embassy.
Great Britain and Australia supported the US decision to send combat troops while France called for negotiations.
JOHN QUNICY ADAMS CHOICE OF HOUSE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 189 years ago today, February 9, 1825, the presidential election of 1824 was decided by the House of Representatives.
A majority of the votes went to John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts who would be sworn in as the 6th President of the United States on March 4, 1825.
Mr. Adams, former Secretary of State under James Monroe, had received the second highest number of electoral votes in the fall election with Andrew Jackson receiving the highest.
Because no candidate received a majority of the votes of the four candidates, the Constitution gives the responsibility to select the winner to the House of Representatives.
Henry Clay, one of the original candidates, gave his support to Adams and would become Secretary of State in the Adams administration. Jackson's Tennessee supporters said that a "corrupt bargain" had cheated their candidate out of his deserved victory.