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February 7 in New York History

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Friday, February 7, 1964 — 55 years ago

The Beatles land at JFK Airport, beginning the British Invasion in American music culture. The band was aware that their music was becoming popular in the U.S., but even they were surprised by the massive crowd gathered to herald their arrival at the airport. The airport radioed the pilot ahead of their arrival and told the band to be prepared for large crowds. An estimated 5,000 screaming fans packed the arrival area of JFK, with the event having been promoted by posters and radio stations. In their press conference, they joked with reporters, addressing their famous shaggy haircuts and saying they were also surprised by the popularity of their music. Crowds would continue to follow them during their stay at the Plaza Hotel and their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show two days later. They would play two concerts at Carnegie Hall on February 12th and play before a record-breaking crowd at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 on their second visit to the U.S., where they were shuttled to and from the stadium in an armored truck.

Wednesday, February 7, 1996 — 23 years ago

The Concorde supersonic aircraft sets a record for fastest transatlantic crossing, traveling from New York to London in 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds, compared to a typical Concorde flight time of just under three and a half hours. The plane that made the record trip was known by the designation G-BOAD, is now on display at the Intrepid museum in Manhattan. The Concorde's last commercial flight would be from JFK Airport to London Heathrow on October 24, 2003, bringing to an end the waves of sonic booms that had set off car alarms on the Rockaways for 26 years.

⏰ AGBC Rewind ⏰

6 years ago
NYPD Investigating Possible Human Remains or Body Found Near JFK Airport

2 years ago
Two Incredibly-Well-Covered NYC-Area Attacks Appear on Trump Administration "Underreported" List

🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 54°F in 1938
Record Low: 1°F in 1910

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