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U.S.: 'Then came the Beatles!' — how one TV appearance altered music, communities and a country Source: Yahoo News

Before the Beatles played six songs in two sets before 73 million Americans on the Feb. 9, 1964, "Ed Sullivan Show," the secret was already out. The group's biggest hit at that moment — "I Want to Hold Your Hand" — was leaked, played relentlessly on local radio and spread virally (before that was a thing) across the United States.

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