Won second prize at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show for his rendition of Red Foley's "Old Shep" (collected $5.00 and free admission to all rides at fair)
Received guitar for 11th birthday
Moved to Memphis, Tennessee at age 13; father was reportedly on the run from authorities after running a moonshine operation
Immediately after high school graduation worked at Parker Machinists Shop in Memphis
Worked at the Precision Tool Company in Memphis
Recorded "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartache Begins" for $4.00 at The Memphis Recording Service (Sun Records); gave acetate to mother as a belated extra birthday gift
Drove a truck for Crown Electric (Memphis)
Backed by Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass recorded three songs ("I Love You Because", "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and what would become his debut, Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's "That's All Right") for Sam Philips' Sun Records (July 5)
Made first and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry (September 25); allegedly told to "stick to drivin' a truck"
Appeared regularly on the radio program "The Louisiana Hayride" out of Shreveport; first appearance on October 16, 1954; met future manager 'Colonel' Thomas Parker
Made TV debut on a local version of "Hayride" in March
Signed on with RCA label; Parker brokered the deal which sent $40,000 to Phillips for Elvis' contract and the rights to five singles; with his $5000 signing bonus, bought his mother a pink Cadillac
National TV debut on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show" (CBS on January 28); followed soon by six consecutive appearances
RCA re-release of Sun recording of Junior Parker's "Mystery Train" (flip side "I Forgot to Remember to Forget") hit Number 1 on BILLBOARD's Country Chart in February; first Number 1 hit on a national chart
In March, signed management agreement with Parker, who was guaranteed 25 percent of all monies
Released first album, "Elvis Presley" (March 13)
In April, signed seven-year contract with Hal Wallis and Paramount; made feature acting debut in "Love Me Tender" on loan to 20th Century-Fox; also sang; film recouped its $1 million investment in three days
Earned nickname 'Elvis the Pelvis' after second appearance on "The Milton Berle Show" (June 6)
Had four Number 1 recordings ("Heartbreak Hotel", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender") on way to record ten consecutive Number 1 singles
Performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" three times; Sullivan had initially proclaimed that Elvis would never appear on his show, but that was before he took a look at the ratings Presley had garnered for Berle and Steve Allen; ironically, only the last of these performances (January 6, 1957) was filmed from the waist up, a rather late response to the furor over Presley's gyrations
Bought Graceland mansion
Entered the Army on March 24 (serial number 53310761)
Performance in "Kid Creole" proved he had the talent to develop into a serious actor had Hollywood cast him in different vehicles
Promoted to sergeant (January 20)
Discharged from army in May
Received then-record $125,000 to appear on "Welcome Home, Elvis" presentation of "The Frank Sinatra Timex Show" (ABC); attracted 41.5 audience share
Left the concert stage and concentrated on film acting; by the mid-1960s was making $1 million per film plus a large percentage of the gross
"Blue Hawaii" released; became the top-grossing film of Elvis' career
Donated $50,000 to Motion Picture Relief Fund, the largest single donation to that time
Participated in informal jam session with the Beatles at his California home (August 27)
Married Priscilla Beaulieu (May 1)
Hosted first TV special, "Elvis" (NBC), which later came to be known as the "'68 Comeback Special"
Last fiction film as star, "Change of Habit"; 31st movie
Performed live, for the first time in seven-and-a-half years, at the International Hotel in Las Vegas; month of appearances began on July 26; fee for the four weeks was in excess of $1 million
Had first Number 1 hit in seven-and-a-half years with "Suspicious Minds"
First on-tour documentary released, "Elvis: That's the Way It Is"
Named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the Jaycees
Visited with President Richard Nixon at the White House in December; appointed as a DEA agent by the president; meeting subject of now famous photograph and formed basis for 1977 Showtime movie "Elvis Meets Nixon"
Last Top 20 hit, "Burning Love" hit Number 2
NBC broadcast of "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" seen by 51 percent of audience
Turned down the male lead opposite Barbra Streisand in the remake of "A Star Is Born"
Last live performance in Indianapolis (June 26)
In September, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners charged Presley's private physician Dr. George Nichopoulos with "indiscriminately prescribing 5300 pills and vials for Elvis in the seven months before his death"; Nichopoulos later acquitted
Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public in the fall, claiming funds were necessary to maintain the property
Inducted posthumously into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame