It Happened On #84

My sister comes back from Mexico tonight. Hopefully bearing gifts

It happened on December 20 1957…Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army

Presley received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis would have none of it. He received one deferment-during which he finished working on his movie King Creole-before being sworn in as an army private in Memphis on March 24, 1958

After 6 months of basic training, Presley sailed to Europe on the USS General Randall. For the next 18 months, he served in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armour Corps in Friedberg, Germany, where he attained the rank of sergeant. For the rest of his service, he shared an off-base residence with his father, grandmother and some Memphis friends. After working during the day, Presley returned home at night to host frequent parties and impromptu jam sessions. At one of these, an army buddy of Presley’s introduced him to 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom Elvis would marry some years later. Meanwhile, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, continued to release singles recorded before his departure, keeping the money rolling in and his most famous client fresh in the public’s mind. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft or serve domestically, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. After he got his polio shot from an army doctor on national TV, vaccine rates among the American population shot from 2 percent to 85 percent by the time of his discharge on March 2, 1960

Also on December 20 1963, More than 2 years after the Berlin Wall was constructed by East Germany to prevent its citizens from fleeing its communist regime, nearly 4,000 West Berliners are allowed to cross into East Berlin to visit relatives. Under an agreement reached between East and West Berlin, over 170,000 passes were eventually issued to West Berlin citizens, each pass allowing a one-day visit to communist East Berlin

Meanwhile, in Canada, on December 20 1817, Bank of Montreal starts operations. It was incorporated 3 years later, on Dec. 20, 1820


4 thoughts on “It Happened On #84

  1. That is crazy about Elvis! Tens of thousands?! Imagine that. And that is wild that the vaccine rate shot up THAT MUCH just because a celebrity got his. Honestly, people are idiots. Do you know how old he was when he was drafted?

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