Okay, I'll get off the soapbox now. The reason I bring this up is that today, February 7, marks the 50th and 100th anniversary of two landmark events in pop culture: the arrival of the Beatles to the United States and the very first appearance of Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character, respectively.
More after the jump.
When the Beatles first arrived in the United States, they were already huge in Britain and several other European nations. America, however, was different. The band's first two singles - "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do" - had been released by a small label, and neither had made much of an impact on the Billboard charts. There were screaming fans waiting to great them at the newly-renamed John F. Kennedy airport in New York, but for the most part the music press was ready to write them off as a teen fad with no substance, easily forgotten within a few years. However, when the band played on The Ed Sullivan Show two nights later, a whopping estimated 73 million viewers tuned in, and soon the band began a record-breaking run through the rest of the decade that cemented their status as one of the biggest and most influential rock bands in music history. If you're interested, Rolling Stone has a more detailed account here.