Memphis, Tennessee (JFK+50) Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, died thirty-seven years ago today, August 16, 1977, at his Graceland home here in Memphis.
Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi but moved with his family to Memphis when he was 13.
Elvis, who won three Grammy Awards, was found motionless by his girlfriend, Ginger Alder, in his bathroom about 1:30 pm Central time.
He was rushed to Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Just 30 minutes later, Vernon Presley, Elvis' father, announced to the press... "My son is dead."
The cause of death, first thought to be heart failure, was later found to be the singer's longtime use of prescription drugs.
On the evening news, David Brinkley of NBC television said...
"Even though he didn't drink, smoke or drive his own car, (Elvis) died at the age of 42."
Molly Ivins of the New York Times wrote...
"At his death, Mr. Presley had been an indelible part of the nation's musical consciousness for twenty years."
"Elvis Presley Dies, Rock Singer was 42," by Molly Ivins, The New York Times, August 17, 1977, www.nytimes.com
BABE RUTH DIED 66 YEARS AGO
New York City (JFK+50) George Herman Ruth, a.k.a. Babe Ruth, passed away from complications of throat cancer sixty-six years ago today, August 16, 1948.
Mr. Ruth, who was known by various nicknames, including "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", was 53 years old.
His body would lie in repose at Yankee Stadium, known as "The House That Ruth Built" and the funeral service was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Burial was in the Cemetery of the Gates of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York.