An astounding 73 million viewers tuned in to see the beginning of the British Invasion.
Two days later the Fab Four performed their first concert in Washington, D.C., as Beatlemania swept the country. It would be seven months before the group came to Baltimore.
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The Beatles' only visit to Baltimore came on Sept. 13, 1964, according to beatlesbible.com. The group performed two shows at the Civic Center, to a total of 28,000 fans. As fans vied for a glimpse of the band, the website says two girls attempted to have themselves delivered to the venue in a large box labeled “Beatles fan mail, but a guard checking deliveries foiled their plan.
The Feb. 9 anniversary is being noted in various ways. CBS wraps up the nostalgia on Sunday with the broadcast of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles,” taped a couple weeks ago at the theater, now home to the Late Show with David Letterman.
Artists sang their versions of Fab Four classics, and were joined by surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The telecast will air Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.