2. The Beatles Landed a Helicopter on One of the Tennis Courts

The Beatles land a helicopter at Forest Hills Stadium
Photo by Henry Crossman, Courtesy of the West Side Tennis Club Foundation

The British Invasion hit Forest Hills Stadium in August 1964 as the rest of the country was swept up in Beatlemania. The Beatles played to 31,000 fans over the course of two nights at the stadium – an attendance record that the Fab Four hold to this day! Twelve hours after landing at JFK Airport, the group took a helicopter from Manhattan to the stadium where they landed on a grass tennis court (now grass court G5). On August 28th and 29th, Stevie Wonder opened the show and The Beatles followed with a 12-song set list featuring hits like “Twist and Shout,” and “Long Tall Sally.”