February 1964

February 7, 1964: The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) arrive in America

The following events occurred in February 1964:

February 1, 1964 (Saturday)

  • At least 70 people, most of them passengers on the Argentine Railways "Firefly Express" train, were killed in a head-on collision with a freight train. The express train was carrying 1,040 passengers who were returning to Buenos Aires from the vacation resort of Mar Del Plata. As it was approaching the station at Altamirano, 65 miles from Buenos Aires, the express crashed into a steam-hauled freight train. Both locomotives exploded, spreading burning diesel fuel over a wide area and setting the first three-passenger cars on fire. Rescue workers were unable to search for survivors for several hours because of the intensity of the blaze.[1][2][3] A police doctor, giving an estimate of 34 deaths, conceded that "There is no telling how many bodies burned up in the fire".[4]
  • The first commercial Boeing 727 flight was made as Eastern Airlines Flight 638 departed Miami at 8:30 a.m., on a flight to Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport and a final arrival at Philadelphia.[5] United Air Lines would inaugurate its service on February 6, and American Airlines would follow on April 12.[6]
  • The Beatles vaulted to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles charts for the first time, with "I Want to Hold Your Hand", starting the British Invasion of the United States.
  • Died: J. Robert Atkinson, 76, blind American publisher and founder of the Braille Institute of America
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français: Février 1964
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ ၁၉၆၄
ၽႃႇသႃႇတႆး : ၾႅပ်ႇဝႃႇရီႇ 1964