February 9, 1964: Beatles make history with 'Ed Sullivan' appearance
Epstein, ever the shrewd manager, makes a deal for the Beatles to appear on three consecutive episodes of "The Ed Sullivan Show." Following Sullivan's intro, the first episode begins with the band performing "All My Loving," "Till There Was You" (which includes a "Sorry girls, he's married" caption superimposed over John Lennon) and "She Loves You." The group returns to play "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The episode is seen by 73 million viewers, over a third of the American population.
The following week, they tape an episode in Miami Beach, where they also meet Muhammad Ali, and barely make it through a thick crowd surrounding the stage to play "This Boy", "All My Loving" "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me to You," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Their final appearance was previously taped before the February 9th show, and features "Twist and Shout," "Please Please Me," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."