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VOL. 6 | NO. 17 | Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 19-25: This Week in Memphis History

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1993: Memphis-based Back Yard Burgers Inc. announced plans to go public with a proposed initial public offering of 1.3 million shares of common stock at a planned price of $6 a share.

Ray

1968: Based on a left thumbprint found on a rifle and a pair of binoculars left in a bundle in the doorway of a South Main Street business, FBI experts identified the suspect in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. as James Earl Ray for the first time. Prior to that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies had identified Ray as Eric Starvo Galt, John Willard and Harvey Lowmeyer. The identification came almost one year to the day that Ray, an inmate at the Jefferson City Penitentiary in Missouri serving time for armed robbery, escaped from the prison by hiding in a metal bread box in a bakery truck.

Source: “Hellhound On His Trail” by Hampton Sides

1963: The city commission approved $80,192 to buy property on Shelby Drive east of Airways in the Municipal Airport Clear Zone.

1958: On the front page of The Daily News, Judge Sylvanus Polk opened court in the new Probate Court courtroom at the Shelby County Courthouse – Room 120, which had been occupied by the city’s department of public works. The court had several locations before that in the courthouse that also served as the seat of both city and county governments as well as state courts.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 65 366 17,721
MORTGAGES 70 417 23,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 91 4,519
BUILDING PERMITS 210 932 42,157
BANKRUPTCIES 62 299 16,691
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 80 5,781
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 305 25,174
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 96 5,381

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