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Featured Timeline Winner for November - Priscilla Gives Birth to Lisa Marie

November 02, 2010

The winning Elvis timeline milestone for November that Elvis fans voted as their number one favorite Elvis moment is #40 - Priscilla gives birth to Lisa Marie Presley on February 1, 1968.

Lisa Marie was born at 5:01 p.m. at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Elvis was so nervous before leaving the house that day that his grandmother reminded him it was Priscilla, not Elvis, who was having the baby. A special detail of Memphis police stood by at the hospital for four days. Elvis brought Priscilla and Lisa Marie home to Graceland on February 5.  

Each week in November, Elvis Insiders will have access to a new, rare artifact relating to the birth of Lisa Marie Presley from the Graceland archives in the members-only exclusive image gallery on ElvisInsiders.com. Be sure to visit Elvis.com/timeline and vote for your favorite Elvis timeline milestone, which will be featured in December.

Facts About Lisa Marie's Birth and Childhood:

  • Elvis announced that Priscilla was pregnant on July 12, 1967, on the set of “Speedway.” He told reporters it was the greatest thing that had ever happened to him. 
  • Lisa Marie celebrated her first birthday in Aspen, Colorado, with her parents and their friends.
  • For Lisa Marie's first Christmas, which was spent at Graceland, Elvis' father Vernon dressed up as Santa Claus.
  • Lisa Marie celebrated her second birthday in Las Vegas attending her father’s dinner show as she would many times over the years.
  • To get around the grounds at Graceland, Elvis gave Lisa Marie her own personalized golf cart.

Other Current Events in 1968:

  • Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated. King was shot while standing on the balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4. Kennedy was shot while walking through the kitchen of the Amabassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5.
  • Elvis' comeback special aired on NBC on December 3, 1968. It's widely considered one of the greatest moments in rock n' roll.
  • Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" won him a posthumous Grammy for record of the year. Redding died in 1967.
  • "Hair" opened on Broadway. It was seen as the quintessential counterculture musical, and featured on-stage nudity. "Hair" ran 1,750 performances on Broadway.