The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual event presented by the department store chain Macy’s. The tradition started in 1924. Live animals were borrowed from the Central Park Zoo to entertain the crowd at that first parade, but were replaced with the giant balloons in 1927. Pictured above, an alligator balloon in the 1932 parade.
The three-hour Macy’s parade is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST and has been televised nationally on the NBC-TV network since 1952.
Sammy Davis Jr nearly lost his life in an automobile accident in San Bernardino, California. The impact of the crash had driven Sammy’s face into the steering wheel, and his left eye was forced out of its socket by the bullet-shaped horn button at the center of the wheel of his 1954 Cadillac. After wearing an eye patch for years, he was fitted with a glass eye.
Debut studio album, released in January of 1955.
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990)
Elvis Presley made his second appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and sang, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender.” After Señor Wences’s ventriloquism act, Elvis returned to perform “Love Me.” During this song the camera moved in for a close-up of Elvis’ face, and then, as if on cue, he smiled and snarled his upper lip. The studio audience went wild. Elvis closed with another performance of his hit, “Hound Dog.” Again viewers were shown a head-to-toe Elvis.
Following the broadcast, which again enjoyed huge ratings, Elvis was burned in effigy by angry crowds in Nashville and St. Louis. The popular press was also critical of his style and movements. Rock and roll was increasingly attacked and there was growing opposition to its supposedly negative influence on America’s youth. The more the establishment pushed back, the more Elvis’s support grew from millions of teenagers.