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1964

Beatles arrive in New York

On 7 February 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York's Kennedy Airport - and "Beatlemania" arrives in the U.S. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with "I Want to Hold Your Hand." At Kennedy, the "Fab Four" - dressed in mod suits and sporti... Read more >

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1898

Zola is brought to trial

On this day in 1898, French writer Emile Zola is brought to trial for libel for "J'Accuse," his newspaper editorial attacking the French army over the Dreyfus affair. On January 13, Zola had published his editorial in the newspaper 'L'Aurore'. The letter exposed a military cover-up regarding Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus, a French army captain, had been accused of espionage in 1894 and sentenced in a... Read more >

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1999

King Hussein of Jordan dies

On February 7, 1999, King Hussein bin Talal, the 20th century's longest-serving executive head of state dies, and his son Prince Abdallah bin Hussein ascends to the Jordanian throne. Hussein was named the third constitutional king of Jordan in 1952 and proved a great leader in his country and throughout the Middle East. He was a member of the Hashemite dynasty, said to be in direct line of desc... Read more >