This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America
On this day, fifty years ago, the Beatles landed at New York City’s recently renamed John F. Kennedy airport. Here’s the report from Universal, complete with John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s trademark charm, screaming teenagers, and a condescending narrator that clearly does not take these Liverpudlians (or their fans) seriously.
From the release sheet:
QUICK, FRED, THE FLIT: There are rumors around that this is Britain’s revenge for the Boston Tea Party. You guessed it … the Beatles have arrived in the United States for their first appearance before an idolizing teen-age crowd, with the St. Vitus bounce. They take an airing in Central Park. No. There is no truth to the buzz that the Zoo’s laughing hyena was driven underground.
Jan. 12, 1962: U.S. Conducts First Its Combat Operation of the Vietnam War
After supplying covert aid to South Vietnamese forces for years, American armed forces participated in combat in the Vietnam War for the first time in 1962. Operation Chopper was a helicopter raid on a suspected Viet Cong stronghold located west of Saigon.
Two U.S. paratroopers crouching in elephant grass, their heads turned toward sniper fire, in the background several helicopters are leaving the area just north of Saigon, 1965 (Associated Press/Library of Congress).