New York Port Authority to Landmark 50th Anniversary of Beatles’ First U.S. Trip
By Brian Ives
It’s been 50 years since the Beatles first landed in the United States for their earthshaking debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and people are still going crazy for the Fab Four. Even the New York Port Authority.
This Friday (February 7) at 11:30 am ET, a ceremony will be held at John F. Kennedy Airport’s Central Terminal Area, where the Beatles first landed 50 years earlier. It also marks the spot where the band held their first press conference in the States.
According to a press release, Friday’s event will see Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye and Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni ” unveil a historical marker inside the restored TWA Flight Center, paying tribute to the Beatles arrival at JFK Airport.”
To celebrate the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan this Sunday (Feb. 9), CBS has planned a whole slew of events including a week’s worth of late night performances on the Late Show with David Letterman, which is filmed in the Ed Sullivan Theater, dedicated to the Beatles first U.S. television appearance. Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Broken Bells and the Flaming Lips, featuring Sean Lennon, are all scheduled to appear.
The network will also air The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles, which features Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr— performing together and separately—as well as everyone from Dave Grohl to Katy Perry to the reunited Eurythmics covering classic hits from the band.
That show will be broadcast February 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS— exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event.