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This Day in History for August 16 – Elvis Presley Dies

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August 16, 1977 – Elvis Presley dies at Graceland, his home in Memphis. Today is Elvis Commemoration Day. If you’re a BKR Bunch member, that can earn you points.

Thousands of fans still hold annual candlelight vigils at the mansion to mark the occasion (More info)

Why celebrate Elvis’s death, not his birthday? Well, it’s warmer in August than in January. But, I think primarily because on that day 35 years ago, millions of Elvis fans became one as they grieved together over their loss. If you didn’t live it, you can’t know the feeling. But, Elvis fans know.

 

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