On this day, January 8, 1945, Elvis Presley was enjoying his 11th birthday. He was very excited about getting a present.

His mother Gladys took him to the local hardware store. Elvis had his heart set on a rifle.

But he was denied the gun. Instead it was something else that he would go home with.

The gift he got was his first guitar. The price tag by the way, was $7.75.