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This Happened

This Happened—January 8: The King Of Rock And Roll Is Born

Elvis Presley is born on this day in 1935.

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Who was Elvis Presley?

Born into a poor family in Mississippi, he rose to become a global icon and the “King of Rock and Roll”. He has been inducted into five Halls of Fame and sold over one billion records worldwide.

Why was Elvis Presley so popular?

Aside from his good looks, charm and voice, Elvis’ career overlapped with the birth of new media outlets, such as television and the transistor radio. Elvis’s music also incorporated many different genres, such as rock, country and R&B.

How did Elvis Presley die?

Elvis Presley died of a heart attack at the age of 42 at his home in Graceland, Memphis. He had struggled with an addiction to prescription barbiturates, which likely contributed to the heart attack.

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How Prostitution In Medellín Has Burst Out Into The Open

Medellín was once a mix of conservative values and hidden perversions, but now the sex trade is no longer a secret to anyone.

Photo of a sex shop in Medellin

Sex shops in Medellin

Reinaldo Spitaletta

Updated Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:15 p.m.

-OpEd-

BOGOTÁ — In the 1940s, Medellín wasn't just Colombia's chief industrial city but also boasted the most brothels, sex workers and "red light" districts.

As a columnist from Bogotá wrote, "You enter Medellín through a brothel." One conservative daily newspaper proclaimed in an editorial that the city was a "branch of Sodom and Gomorrah."

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