On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley took a big leap towards superstardom with a performance of “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.