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Today in Nerd History | February 9

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 9th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

THE BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN | 1964

In 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, in front of an estimated 73 million viewers in the U.S., which was 40% of the population of the United States. Their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show is widely regarded as one of the most influential moments in music and television history. It launched the British Invasion, inspired countless musicians, and changed the course of pop culture.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The Beatles didn’t come cheap. They were paid $10,000 for three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was a lot of money at the time.
  • The band really did perform live. Unlike some other shows that required lip-syncing, The Ed Sullivan Show allowed the Beatles to play their instruments and sing their songs live. They performed five songs: “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
  • The Beatles were nervous. Despite their confidence and charisma, the Beatles admitted that they were nervous about performing in front of such a large and unfamiliar audience. Ringo Starr later said, “I was scared. I mean, we all were. This was America, and we’d heard all these stories about the kids and the police and the trouble and the gangs and everything”.
  • The Beatles returned to the show two more times. As part of their deal, the Beatles made two more appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, on February 16 and 23, 1964. The second show was taped on February 9, right after their first live performance, while the third show was taped on February 16, before their concert at Carnegie Hall.

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