- Elvis gets his first guitar.
- US sends $15 million in military to aid France in Indochina Wars.
- Elvis makes first recordings at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee.
- Elvis makes his TV debut on Louisiana Hayride. He signs with RCA late in the year.
- Ngo Dinh Diem declares the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) independent.
- Elvis tops charts with Heartbreak Hotel. Stars in Love Me Tender.
- French leave Vietnam.
- Elvis buys Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Communist insurgency into South Vietnam begins.
- Elvis drafted into US Army.
- Elvis is discharged from the Army and appears in GI Blues.
- Vietcong formed.
- Elvis performs at Pearl Harbor to raise money for the USS Arizona memorial.
- Kennedy sends Green Berets into Vietnam.
- Priscilla Beaulieu moves to Graceland
- President Diem of South Vietnam overthown and assassinated.
- Elvis meets Beatles.
- Operation Rolling Thunder begins. US troop level: 62,500 and rising.
- Elvis appears in his last film, Change of Habit. His four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas is wildly successful.
- Nixon begins bombing Cambodia, Vietnamization announced. Troop level peaks at 543,400.
- Elvis & Priscilla divorce.
- Christmas bombing of North Vietnam. Troop level down to 69,000.
- Elvis takes his first flight on his jet Lisa Marie.
- Saigon falls to North Vietnam.