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As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.
April 2, 1941
Life of Riley radio show debuts. Radio sitcom Life of Riley debuts this day in 1941.
The show starred William Bendix as a bullheaded family man. The show ran for 10 years on radio and about six years on television.
April 3, 1956
Elvis sings his first RCA recording, "Heartbreak Hotel," on NBC's Milton Berle Show.
An estimated 25 percent of America's population saw him sing that night; by April 21, the song had become Elvis' first No. 1 single.
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".