That Was The Year That Was

On what they still called their “home screens,” Americans got to watch the future

The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964 remains one of the most watched television moments in history. Those who saw it remember it almost as clearly as they remember the near-continuous coverage of the Kennedy assassination and aftermath the previous November. It was a watershed moment for millions of baby boomers, who, like television itself, were coming of age in 1964. Prophecies about the medium’s potential were fulfilled.Read more »