June 7, 1982. Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee, opens to the public for the first time. The colonial style mansion was built in 1939 and named after the first owner’s daughter, Grace. Elvis and his parents bought the property in 1957 and after Elvis’ death in the first floor toilet 20 years later, it was left to his daughter Lisa-Marie. The cost of maintaining Graceland became too great and Lisa-Marie’s mother, Priscilla (as executor of Lisa-Marie’s estate) decided to open it as a museum in 1982. Hundreds of thousands of Elvis fans still make the pilgrimage to Graceland every year and it is the second most popular private home in the US after the White House. Graceland was declared an American National Historic Landmark in 2006.
Also on June 7: Louis XIV crowned King of France (1654); Edvard Benes resigns as Czech president (1948); the start of the first ever world cup of cricket (1975).
Born on June 7: Paul Gauguin (1848), Dean Martin (1917), Tom Jones (1940), Muammar Gaddafi (1942), Prince (1958), Anna Kournikova (1981).