This Day in History

Nikita Khrushchev Denounces Stalin’s Cult of Personality

A seismic shift in Soviet politics occurred on February 25th, 1956, as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev delivered a speech denouncing the cult of personality surrounding former leader Joseph Stalin. Khrushchev’s “Secret Speech” marked the beginning of de-Stalinization and ushered in a period of political reform in the Soviet Union.

The Million-Dollar Quartet Jam Session

A legendary impromptu jam session took place on December 4th, 1956, at Sun Studio in Memphis, featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. This iconic gathering is known as the “Million-Dollar Quartet.”

The Hungarian Uprising

The Hungarian Uprising, a nationwide revolt against Soviet influence and the Hungarian People’s Republic, commenced on this day. The event brought significant political changes and marked a period of political turmoil in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

The 350 RAMAC

The 350 RAMAC was the first computer with a disk drive and was primarily targeted towards business that did real-time transactions. RAMAC stood for Random Access Method of Accounting and Control. The RAMAC 350, which was one of the last vacuum tube computers manufactured by IBM, was replaced by the IBM 1401 in the early […]

Elvis Presley

Rock and roll legend Elvis Presley made his first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” marking a pivotal moment in music and popular culture.