Today in Southern History: The Last Elvis Concert

26 June 1977  

On this date in 1977…

Elvis Presley gave what would be his last live performance before a packed crowd at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Other Years:

  • 1791 – American negotiators, led by William Blount, began the illegal Treaty of Holston negotiations today with the Cherokee.
  • 1844 – John Tyler of Virginia married Julia Gardiner, becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
  • 1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he made his famous declaration at the Brandenburg Gate: “Ich bin ein Berliner.” He meantto say “I am a Berliner” in German.
  • 1996 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support. 
  • 2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision and stated in its Lawrence v. Texas decision that gender-based sodomy laws were unconstitutional.

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