65 years ago today, the first Elvis Presley single, That’s All Right, was released by Sun Records. Only 7,000 copies of the record (with Blue Moon of Kentucky on the B-side) were published, enough to make it a local hit in Memphis, Tennessee. The performance later was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the first rock-and-roll record. LISTEN to the 1:57 tune… (1954)
Two weeks before this date, the 19-year-old Presley was invited to play with two session musicians to make his first commercial recording. He was fooling around on his guitar and began strumming the old blues number—playing the song faster than the original version—and it came out great.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Brian May, Queen co-founder, guitarist, and songwriter, was born (1947)
- Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the series Sherlock, and his Oscar-nomination role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, was born (1976)
- The Irish Republican Army declared a ceasefire, ending their 25-year campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland, following a pledge by the UK and Republic of Ireland to include Sinn Féin, the IRA’s political wing, in face-to-face peace talks (1997)
- The TV drama “Mad Men” debuted, starring Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss on the AMC cable network (2007)
And, on this day in 1848, the women’s movement was born during the pioneering Women’s Rights Convention of Seneca Falls, New York.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the two-day meeting during which they used the language of the Declaration of Independence to stake their claim to the rights they felt women were entitled to as American citizens. Stanton also introduced to the 300 men and women in attendance a radical idea for inclusion in the group’s declaration, the demand for a woman’s right to vote, “suffrage”. At that time, no women were allowed to vote anywhere on the planet, and many of the other women objected to the idea. They thought it was impossible.
Additionally, bloomers were introduced to the feminists gathered by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, according to fashion legend, who donned a pair at the conference. WATCH a cool video…