Jan. 8, 2007
On this day in 1935 two twins were born, one of whom would become a king. In Tupelo, MS Elvis Aaron and Jesse Garon Presley are born. Jesse unfortunately died in childbirth. Elvis ultimately grew up to be the King of rock and roll, and some pretty significant things happened on his birthday both during and after his life. In 1954 Elvis paid $4 to a Memphis studio and recorded his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" and "I'll Never Stand in Your Way." A mere two years later his singles "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" go to #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks. Finally, years after his death in 1993 the Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp went on sale. Also in 1993 NBC offered the "Tonight Show" to David Letterman. Mr. Letterman apparently declined and signed on with CBS and ended up broadcasting out of the Ed Sullivan Theater, the same theater where Elvis first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 (ironically without Ed there.)
The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed, and I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you in the pleasing though arduous task of insuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient, and equal government. President George Washington delivering his first State of the union address on this day in 1790.