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VOL. 6 | NO. 50 | Saturday, December 07, 2013

December 6-December 12: This week in Memphis history

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1983: Memphis State University football coach Rex Dockery, offensive coordinator Chris Faros and Tiger defensive back Charles Greenhill, and pilot and Highland Hundred member Glenn Jones were killed in a plane crash as they traveled to Lawrenceburg, Tenn., for a football banquet.

Judas Priest

1982: Judas Priest at Mid-South Coliseum. Years later, the show turned up on DVD in a Judas Priest box set and is now available as a standalone DVD, “Judas Priest – Live Vengeance ’82.”

1967: Otis Redding’s final recording session at Stax before going out on tour with his new band the Bar-Kays. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music includes outtakes from the session as well as an earlier session where he recorded “Dock of the Bay.” As visitors walk through a recreation of the studio they can hear Redding making several attempts at whistling toward the end of the song and mimicking seagulls.

1941: Memphis police closed Japanese-owned businesses, including Kuni Wada Bakery on Madison Avenue near Cleveland, as part of the national reaction to the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese military. The owners of the business, the Kawaii and Nakajima families, were arrested. The property was seized by the Federal Reserve Bank. A plaque marks the location of the bakery near a power transformer on what is otherwise now a parking lot. It is a 2008 public art installation by the artist Sanjit Sethi that included a box, which, for a short time, emitted the scent of baking bread in the area.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 242 14,959
MORTGAGES 111 255 19,585
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 43 3,838
BUILDING PERMITS 153 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 61 182 14,216
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 104 5,095
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 246 21,679
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 75 4,632

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