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1958

Elvis Presley is drafted into the U.S. Army

When Elvis Presley turned 18 on January 8, 1953, he fulfilled his patriotic duty and legal obligation to register his name with the Selective Service System, thereby making himself eligible for the draft. The Korean War was still underway at the time, but as a student in good standing at L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, Elvis received a student deferment that kept him from facing consc... Read more >

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1958

The King is Shorn

It was one of the fastest demotions in entertainment history. On this day in 1958 Elvis Presley went from The King to a lowly private in a matter of seconds as he signed up for a stint in the US Army. Elvis’s manager thought a spell in the services would convince older Americans that his boy wasn’t a hip-swilling devil in tight trousers, but a decent god-fearing patriot, willing to shoot at... Read more >