• Short Summary

    Britain's zany Beatles turned the Capital of the United States into something resembling the capital of bedlam on Tuesday (11 February) The mop-headed singing quartet arrived at Washington's Union Station from New York because their airplane had been grounded by a snowstorm.

  • Description

    Britain's zany Beatles turned the Capital of the United States into something resembling the capital of bedlam on Tuesday (11 February) The mop-headed singing quartet arrived at Washington's Union Station from New York because their airplane had been grounded by a snowstorm. A huge crowd of screaming teenagers were there to meet them.

    "Hold my hand, hold my hand," shrieked one of the teenagers. When Beatle Paul McCartney did so, she squealed, "He touched me, he touched me". A contingent of Washington police managed to preserve some sort of order, if it could be called that. A federal government spokesman told reporters that the Beatle invasion was "massive retaliation for what our citizens -- Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and the rest -- have been doing to foreigners for years."
    After the reception at Union station, the quartet gave a concert at the Washington Coliseum before an audience of eight thousand. President Johnson's two teenage daughters were not on hand. "Too much homework," Said the White House, sternly.

    The last time a British invasion had caused so much commotion was during the War of 1812, when a British force burned the White House to the ground.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJ11EQZSDEJ4PEICZGAPS15D4
    Media URN:
    VLVAJ11EQZSDEJ4PEICZGAPS15D4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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