Budapest names Elvis Presley honorary citizen

Published May 25, 2011

| Associated Press

Budapest's city council has named Elvis Presley an honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital in gratitude for his support of Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.

Wednesday's announcement comes nearly a month after municipal authorities named a small park — chosen by voting on the city website — after The King.

On Jan. 6, 1957, during his last appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Elvis sang a gospel standard, "Peace in the Valley," which Sullivan said reflected the singer's concern for Hungarians' plight after the short-lived uprising. Sullivan said Elvis wanted people to make donations to be sent to Hungary.

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