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4,000 Shrieking Teens Bid Beatles Farewell at JFK Airport

Feb. 21, 1964 - While 4,000 youngsters screamed with delight, the Beatles departed from Kennedy International Airport tonight for their native Britain. The police had to call for reinforcements to contain the youngsters, who crowded on an observation deck overlooking the airport. The Beatles arrived just after 7 p.m. from Miami and left at 8:30. They were scheduled to hold a press conference before leaving for London, but it was called off because of the crowd. While the British quartet was changing planes, admirers surged against the police barricades and 100 airline mechanics and baggage handlers were called upon to reinforce the already augmented police. Three policemen were injured, and six girls collapsed in the crush.


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