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Published February 09, 2014, 05:18 PM

50 Years ago Sunday The Beatles first famously appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was 50 years ago today that the Beatles first famously appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was 50 years ago today that the Beatles first famously appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Historians now credit the appearance for officially launching what became known as "The British Invasion."

More than 73 million viewers tuned in to see the live performance, 45% of all TV sets in the nation.

At the time it was the largest television event to ever take place.

And the rest, they say, is history.

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