The English deploy 4,000 soldiers to Boston in 1768. The city later commemorates their presence with a big, Blighty-style tea party…only the Brits aren’t invited.
In 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show introduces the Fab Four to 73 million screaming Yanks, who are fascinated by their exotic long hair, sharp suits, and drummer named Ringo.
THE SPICE GIRLS
The Spice Girls arrive in 1997. Pop-music lovers (including all 93 future members of the Pussycat Dolls) proceed to slam their bodies down and wind them all around.
Before launching The Office, NBC tries a remake of Coupling, the BBC’s version of Friends, in 2003. It feels like a bad date — and gets dumped after four episodes.
She won an Oscar for The Queen and Emmys for the Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect miniseries, and is married to a director. Working-actress lottery, meet your big winner.