On this day in music history: February 7, 1964 - The Beatles arrive in America for their first visit. Their Pan Am 707 jet touches down at JFK Airport in New York at approximately 1 pm. The band will be greeted by over 3,000 cheering fans waiting for their arrival. Shortly after disembarking, a press conference is held in which the band charm the hard boiled New York press. During their historic first visit to the US, The Beatles make three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (live from New York and Miami) and play their first live concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Washington Coliseum in Washington DC. The Beatles first visit to the United States is filmed by documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles (The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”) for Granada Television in the UK (as “What’s Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A.”), and is later released on video as “The Beatles First US Visit” in 1991.

As today is Remembrance Day, I would like to take some time to remember the many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who fought continously for their country since British invasion. I acknowledge and pay my respects to my peoples’ ancestors who were killed in the Frontier Wars right across the continent. These wars are a dark chapter in the history of this land and we cannot let them be forgotten.