Australia’s overwhelming response to the 1964 tour is forever preserved in the NFSA’s collection. The news file here depicts the band’s departure from Sydney on Sunday 21 June 1964 for the New Zealand leg of their world tour, showing ’beatlemania’ in full flight. See this news story and films.
On Feb. 11, 1964, Beatlemania blasted Washington — all shrieks and Arthur haircuts and songs people couldn’t quite make out. Here’s the tale of the historic 1964 visit, as told by some of the people who lived it.