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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 9

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America —Sunday, February 9th. An event long regarded as a cultural milestone occurred on this day 50 years ago — as the Beatles, a British rock group, appeared on the Ed Sullivan television show. Preceded by a surge of publicity and curiosity, the band played five songs on the live show. Instead of the 50 million who usually watched Ed Sullivan each Sunday, that night, more than 70 million people came together to view the British phenomenon. The result was a sensation that changed the direction of music — and men's hairstyles — in America and the world. In 1964, Americans spent about $5.5 billion on records, radio and television. Now, we spend almost $7 billion each year on sound recordings alone, bought online, or from America's nearly 4,000 record stores. Profile America is in its17th year as a Public Service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1976, p. 316
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Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

CONTACT:  Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762, richard.thomas.reed-at-census.gov

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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