This Day in Pop Culture for January 28
1956: Elvis Presley is on TV for the First Time
January of 1956 was a busy time for Elvis Presley. On the 10th, he recorded “Heartbreak Hotel,” his first recording for RCA. The song included pianist Floyd Cramer, guitarist Chet Atkins, and background singer Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires quartet. The single was released on the 27th. Then on this day, Presley made his first television appearance on CBS’ Stage Show. Presley performed “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “I Got a Woman.” Presley performed five more times on the show over the next eight weeks. During that time, Presley recorded the future hit, “Blue Suede Shoes,” a cover of Carl Perkins song, and others at RCA’s New York studio.
1813: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is Published
Today, most everyone is familiar with the author Jane Austen, but that wasn’t always the case. On this day in 1813, her book, Pride and Prejudice was published. It was her second book to be published anonymously (the first was Sense and Sensibility), followed by Mansfield Park and Emma. She died on July 18, 1817. It was shortly thereafter that her brother, Henry revealed to the public that she was an author.
- 1912: Jackson Pollock (artist)
- 1936: Alan Alda (actor)
- 1954: Rick Warren (pastor)
- 1962: Leslie Ann “Sam” Philips (singer)
- 1977: Joey Fatone (singer)
- 1980: Nick Carter (singer)
- 1981: Elijah Wood (actor)
- 1998: Ariel Winter (actress)
- 1896: Walter Arnold was the first person to be convicted of speeding at 8 mph exceeding the 2 mph speed limit set at the time.
- 1915: The U.S. Coast Guard was created.
- 1935: Iceland became the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion.
- 1958: Lego patented it’s design of its famous bricks.
- 1985: USA for Africa recorded the song “We are the World” to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.
- 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board.