Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance, on the "Ed Sullivan Show," in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.
Feb. 7, 1964 - screaming teenagers, mostly girls, wave a banner "Beatles forever" welcoming the British band The Beatles from Liverpool, outside the Plaza Hotel in New York.
Feb. 9, 1964 - Paul McCartney, right, shows his bass guitar to Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York along with John Lennon, center, and Ringo Starr, behind McCartney, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein, behind Sullivan.
American speed skating champion Terry McDermott, top centre, a barber by trade, prepares to take a swipe at the famed locks of Beatle Paul McCartney, seated, to the mock horror of the other Beatles and TV host Ed Sullivan, during rehearsals at the TV Studio, New York, Feb. 9, 1964.
British rock band the Beatles are shown during rehearsals on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show in New York, Feb. 9, 1964. On the drums is Ringo Starr, and in the front, left to right, are bassist Paul McCartney, an unidentified stand-in for George Harrison, and singer John Lennon.
John Lennon of the Beatles is shown backstage speaking with manager Brian Epstein at the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York, Feb. 1964. In the background is basist Paul McCartney.
Paul McCartney, bassist for the Beatles, is shown on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 1964.
Feb. 9, 1964 - The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. Ringo Starr plays drums, rear, and playing guitars from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. An estimated 73 million Americans tuned in, the largest ever for a TV show at the time.
Feb. 9, 1964 - The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York.
American fans in New York react during the Beatles' concert on the "Ed Sullivan Show", Feb. 9, 1964.
Feb. 7, 1964 - fans pushing forward in hopes of getting a view of The Beatles after their arrival for an American tour in New York.
A marquee duplicating the one displayed at the Ed Sullivan Theater the night the Beatles first performed on the "The Ed Sullivan Show" 50 years ago, is displayed on Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 in New York. The retro look features the exact wording that was posted for "The Ed Sullivan Show?" on Feb. 9, 1964, and will cover the current "Late Show with David Letterman" marquee through the weekend.
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It was fifty years ago on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, when America fell in love with four shaggy haired boys from Liverpool on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Their appearance on American TV certainly would be one for the record books. The Beatles opened and closed the show that was estimated to have been watched by a record-breaking 73 million viewers. According to Nielsen, 45 percent of all televisions at the time were tuned into the broadcast of the Fab Four.
If you're a die-hard fan there are plenty of events to help you celebrate the milestone anniversary. Capitol Records will project a photo of the band in front of an American flag onto the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. They will also show fans The Beatles 50 logo created especially for the affair. There will be an event at the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well.
New Yorkers can head to the Ed Sullivan Theater to see a retro marquee honoring the famed appearance. The marquee features the exact wording that was posted for "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964.
If you're not able to make the trek to Los Angeles or New York then CBS will be airing "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" Sunday at 8 p.m. The show includes performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Dhani Harrison, Brad Paisley, Pharrell Williams and members of the Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas Beatles show "Love."