Video: 'The Beatles West Coast Invasion side 1' (San Francisco news conference at 19:16-28:45)
(Tuesday, August 18, 1964, evening PDT) — The Beatles held their first full press conference of their 25-date first North American tour tonight at the San Francisco Hilton, a few hours after checking in following a long day’s flight from London via Winnipeg and Los Angeles. Continue reading The Beatles hold a news conference in San Francisco 50 years ago tonight (Aug 18 1964)
Video: 'The Beatles - LA International Airport Press Conference - August 18,1964'
(Tuesday, August 18, 1964, 4:15 p.m. PDT) — The Beatles arrived in Los Angeles today for a quick stop to go through customs, meet the press (at ca. 4:30 p.m. PDT) and stretch their legs before the final part of their flight to San Francisco. Continue reading The Beatles hold a news conference in Los Angeles 50 years ago this hour (Aug 18 1964)
(Saturday, August 18, 1984) — “Panama” by Van Halen at #13 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'the beatles interview at winnipeg airport'
(Tuesday, August 18, 1964, 2:05 p.m. CST) — The Beatles, flying from London to San Francisco via Los Angeles for their first full tour of the U.S., arrived at Winnipeg International Airport this afternoon for refueling and a brief wave to some 2,000 waiting fans. They were also interviewed by Channel 7’s Bob Burns.
Video: 'Rear Window' trailer
(Wednesday, August 18, 1954) — Dragnet, a crime drama film (based on the weekly TV series) about two homicide detectives who investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member, opened today in Chicago.
Directed by Jack Webb, the film starred Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone and Ann Robinson.
(Friday, August 18, 1944, 12:45 p.m. EWT; during World War II) — President Franklin Roosevelt hosted a private luncheon today with new running mate Sen. Harry Truman at the White House. Roosevelt told Truman nothing of importance, posed for photographers and made small talk (click here to watch a clip from today on “The Presidents: Truman” at 1:29:15)
(Tuesday, August 18, 1914; during World War I) — U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality today, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I, saying, “The United States must be neutral in fact as well as in name during these days that are to try men’s souls.”