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Elvis to be named honorary citizen of Budapest

Iconic singer Elvis Presley is to be posthumously honoured in Hungary because of his support for the country’s anti-Soviet revolution in 1956.

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THE MAYOR OF Budapest says Elvis Presley will be declared a posthumous honorary citizen of Hungary’s capital and that a city landmark will be named after him.

Mayor Istvan Tarlos said Wednesday that Elvis will be commemorated because of his support for Hungary in the wake of the short-lived, anti-Soviet revolution of October 1956.

On the city’s website, visitors can pick one of 12 locations to be renamed after Elvis, including street crossings, a small square and a site at the foot of Margaret Bridge, which spans the Danube River. Voting closes March 15.

On 6 January, 1957, during his last appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Elvis sang a gospel standard, “Peace in Valley,” which Sullivan said reflected the singer’s preoccupation with Hungarians’ plight after the uprising.

- AP

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