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The Beatles First U.S. Visit

beatles1stvisitcalendarOn February 7, 1964, British rock and roll band, The Beatles, made their first trip to the United States on Pan Am Flight 101 from London to New York City. What ensued is what was soon dubbed as “Beatlemania.”

The Beatles, made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, began gaining commercial success in the United Kingdom in 1962 and successfully toured the country for a year. With the release of the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” selling over 1.5 million copies in less than three weeks, The Beatles’ popularity in the United States began to skyrocket in early 1964 and there was a high demand for the band to finally make their way across the pond.

Worried that the initial impact of their single might have worn off and that their scheduled appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show would not do much to capture the hearts of American teenagers, the band members were apprehensive about the trip. Those feelings were put to rest in the few minutes before their landing when the pilots told the musicians that fans were swarming at the airport to catch a glimpse of them, knocking over barricades and scrambling over fences. Harrison noted, “Seeing thousands of kids there to meet us made us realize just how popular we were there.” The British Invasion had officially started.

beatleswallBeatlemania came at a time when America was shrouded with grief and fear over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Their upbeat music and personalities were a welcome distraction to a distraught nation. Their first visit, which had been advertised across the U.S. on 5 million posters, was well-received, with the band doing a series of television performances and concerts. Their success allowed them to return for another series of tours in the U.S. in August of that year and again in August of 1965. Their last tour came in 1966, and although their fan base and commercial success in the U.S. was still large, they also received severe backlash from religious protesters after a comment Lennon made in an interview stating, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” This incident and their boredom over performing live caused this to be their last tour. The band then focused on recording new studio material.

The impact The Beatles made with their first U.S. visit is one that has gone mostly unparalleled by other musicians and they are still recognized as one of the most highly influential bands in rock and roll music.

Sources: Wikipedia, TIME Entertainment, The Beatles Bible

 

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John Deere’s Birthday

February 7 is John Deere’s Birthday!

John Deere was born in Vermont on February 7, 1804 and is best known as an American blacksmith, plow manufacturer, and the founder of Deere & Company. After his apprenticeship as a teenager with a blacksmith inVermont, Deere entered into the blacksmith trade for himself when he moved toIllinois.

Given his expertise with metal, he noticed the inefficiency of the cast-iron plow in the tough Midwest soil and got to work on a prototype for a cast-steel plow. He sold his first three plows in 1838 and extended that number to 1,000 plows by 1846. In 1847, Deere moved to Moline, Illinois where he had the advantages of water access and cost efficient transportation. By 1855, Deere’s company had sold over 10,000 plows.

Deere left the everyday affairs of his company to his son Charles and focused his time on building up the community, even serving as the mayor of Moline for two years. He died at his home on May 17, 1886 at the age of 82. Deere & Company has gone on to be one of the most successful businesses in America and celebrated their 175th anniversary in 2012.

Sources: Biography.com, Wikipedia

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