1957 – Elvis Presley is served his draft notice for the US Army. He goes on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.
1926 – The first network radio broadcast airs on the new National Broadcasting Company, soon to be known as NBC. The show is four and a half hours of varied performances from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
1952 – When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year’s Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires a 26-year-old hairdresser named Chuck Berry.
1960 – Aretha Franklin plays a selection of standards at the Village Vanguard in New York City. It is her first non-gospel performance.
1901 – The first record company, The Victor Talking Machine Company, is incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.
1926 – The Radio Corporation of America, later known as RCA, launches its new radio network, the National Broadcasting Company, later known as NBC.
1957 – Elvis Presley appears at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This is the third and final time the King performs outside of the US.