PHOTO GALLERY: 50 years of the Beatles

Fifty years ago, The Beatles first appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and teenage girls across American became infected with "Beatlemania." Americans' love affair with the fab four hasn't ebbed in the following decades. Here are images of memorabilia related to the rock icons.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:05pm EST

Beatlemania returns to Washington Coliseum

The sold-out "Yesterday and Today" concert was held 50 years to the minute after the Beatles played their first U.S. concert at what was then the Washington Coliseum in Northeast D.C.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 06:47am EST

Washington Coliseum then and now (Photos)

The Washington Coliseum hosted the Beatles, Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones, and now the historic building is poised to leap into the future.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 06:27am EST

Growing up Beatles: The first concert to the end

WTOP's Katie Howard recounts her mother's love affair with the Beatles, from seeing the Fab Four at the D.C. Coliseum until her death.

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 04:25pm EST

She remembers the screaming, the stage and the hair

Judy Wheatley is an English teacher at Magruder High School in Rockville, but 50 years ago Tuesday night she was a University of Maryland student in the audience at the Washington Coliseum to see the Beatles' American concert debut.

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 03:21pm EST

Column: A hard day's night with the Beatles

When the city editor told Mike Causey he was going to cover the first Beatles concert in D.C., he was flattered and very surprised, not to mention a little nervous, too.

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 03:19pm EST

Traffic advisories issued for Beatlemania, state dinner

The Beatlemania event at the Washington Coliseum will close streets near the venue Tuesday.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 06:04pm EST

Ringo's Sullivan drum head lives locally

Local Beatles historian and collector Russ Lease describes how he came to own part of the drum kit Ringo Starr used on the Ed Sullivan show. WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 12:07pm EST


Owning a piece of Beatles history

Local Beatles historian and collector Russ Lease owns a part of the historical Ed Sullivan show. WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 12:00pm EST


Before Ed Sullivan, Beatlemania flourished in D.C.

The playing of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in Washington fanned the flames of Beatlemania, leading to the Sullivan show. WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 11:56am EST


The first airing of 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'

Did you know "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was played for the first time in the U.S. here in Washington? WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 11:52am EST


Beatlemania: A moment in time never to be repeated

Beatlemania: 'Ed Sullivan' appearance an extraordinary moment that can never be repeated

Monday - 02/10/2014, 05:32am EST

AP WAS THERE: The Beatles invade America in 1964

Beatles arrive, make American TV debut, as reported by The Associated Press in February 1964

Monday - 02/10/2014, 05:19am EST

Ex-Beatle's sis recalls his Ill. visit pre-fame

Before Fab Four takes US on 'Ed Sullivan,' Harrison quietly visits sister in Ill. mining town

Friday - 02/07/2014, 07:38pm EST

The Beatles 50 years later (Photos)

You only have this weekend to see an exhibit of photos of the Beatles taken in 1964 by then-18-year-old photographer Mike Mitchell whose photos now sell for thousands.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 02:54pm EST

Memories of the Beatles' US television debut

Memories from those who were there for the Beatles' debut on 'Ed Sullivan' 50 years ago

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 05:40pm EST

Ed Sullivan Beatles' item headed to NYC auction

1964 Ed Sullivan Beatles' memorabilia headed to NYC auction; estimate: $800,000 to $1M

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:40pm EST

Beatlemania returns to D.C. for 50th anniversary show

Beatlemania had swept Britain in the early 1960s, but it wasn't until 1964 that the Fab Four played their first concert on American soil.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 11:11am EST
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