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Photo: AP, Feb. 7, 1964
The Beatles arrive at New York's Kennedy Airport for their first U.S. appearance. From left are: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The seed for the band dates back to 1955 when Lennon met McCartney in Liverpool, England. The two performed together in a band, The Quarrymen, and were joined three years later by Harrison. Starr did not join until 1962 - one year before the Beatles hit the top of the British charts. Beatlemania crossed over to the U.S. in 1964, with "I Want To Hold Your Hand."