To add to the growing number of tributes set to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles American debut, John F. Kennedy airport in New York City announced that a historical marker has been created to commemorate the group's first trip to the States.

According to an airport statement: "Shortly after walking down the steps off the plane, the Beatles held their first U.S. press conference at the airport, beginning their first U.S. tour and kicking off Beatlemania."


The Fab Four touched down on Feb. 7, 1964, so a ceremony will be held this Friday to present the marker in the restored TWA Flight Center in the airport's central terminal. A Beatles cover band is set to play the band's tunes during the program.

Two days after their arrival, the Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," a historic television event which is being remembered with a very special program entitled "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles," set to air at the exact time and date of the original broadcast.

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These are just two of the many tributes taking place across the country to mark the anniversary.

The "Late Show with David Letterman" kicked off "Beatles Week" on Monday with performances by Broken Bells and Sting, who each covered classic Beatles songs.

Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and The Flaming Lips with Sean Lennon are slated to appear on the show later in the week.

Make sure to tune in to CBS on Sunday night for the amazing two-hour salute, beginning at 8 pm ET.

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The Beatles with Ed Sullivan