From a tutorial

"February 9th, 1964. Beatlemania hits primetime in the United States."

From a post

At 8 o’clock on February 9th 1964, 73 million people gathered in front their TV sets to see The Beatles’ first live performance on U.S. soil.

Why does the first quotation use "hits" rather than "hit", even though the event happened in the past.

1 Answer 1


As you say yourself, the first example is using present tense. Not a very common construct, but perfectly valid - the 'narrator' is basically doing a 'flashback' to the actual events.

  • Thank you. Is that some kind of figure of speech, a grammar rule or some other literary technique?
    – PutBere
    Commented May 29, 2020 at 11:24
  • Sorry, I'm not sure if this technique has a specific name.
    – MikeB
    Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 11:03

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