Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Calendar Clarification: Elvis Presley

There is some confusion regarding the process of Elvis Presley's induction into the United States Army, and particularly what relevance the date of January 20 has.

Elvis registered for the Selective Service System in the United States on January 20, 1953, shortly after his 18th birthday.  (Note:  numerous websites incorrectly report that Elvis received orders to report to military duty on January 20, 1958.  The only event that the date of January 20 refers to is the date Elvis registered for the draft.  On December 20, 1957, Elvis received his official draft notice.  He was able to get a deferment, then officially was inducted on March 24, 1958.  Some websites claim he received his draft notice on December 8, but it was the 20th, according to '' and the books 'Icons of Rock:  An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever' by  Scott Schinder and Andy Schwartz and Elvis for Kids:  A Biography of Elvis Presley Just for Kids!' by Sam Rogers.

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