This Week In History

picture provided by: The Rolling Stone

February 7th, 1964: Beatlemania Reaches New York
Almost 60 years to the day, the Beatles landed in New York. The British boy band was a phenomenon in England, with some of their hits, such as “ I Want to Hold Your Hand,” hitting Number One on the charts. After landing, they headed to the Ed Sulivan show, where thousands of screaming fans greeted them.

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February 8th, 1862: Capture of Roanoke Island
Following weeks of battles and the wrath of the Civil War, the North captured Roanoke Island from the Confederates. After being corned to the north end of the island, located on the coast of North Carolina, Confederate commander Colonel Henry Shaw surrendered.

photo provided by: The Guardian

February 9th, 1987: Michael B. Jordan is born.
Michael B. Jordan was born on this day 35 years ago. Known for his roles in hits such as Creed and Black Panther, the actor started his career in 1999. He earned the MTV Movie Award for Best Villian in 2018 and was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2020.

photo provided by: The Las Vegas Sun

February 10th, 1981: The Las Vegas Hilton sets on fire.
Eight people died, and 350 were injured in the fire that erupted in the Las Vegas Hilton. It was later discovered it was due to arson, the one responsible being Philip Bruce Cline. He was later charged with not only arson but eight counts of murder. Later on, he admitted that it was an accident caused by touching a curtain with a “marijuana cigarette.” Cline will be serving eight life terms, leaving him behind bars forever.

February 11th, 2012: Whitney Houston Dies

photo provided by: The New York Times

At the age of 48, the “I Will Always Love You’’ singer passed away. She is considered one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, her name being on the Grammy Hall of Fame. Houston racked up 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, and much more. In her legacy, her only daughter received most of what she owned.

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