VOL. 7 | NO. 36 | Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Memphis News Almanac
This week in Memphis history: August 29-September 4
By Bill Dries
1972: Wattstax at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – a concert to mark the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots in Los Angeles by Stax Records that was a high point for the Memphis-based record label and featured a day-long bill of Memphis soul and funk and gospel from the stadium stage with Isaac Hayes headlining.
1968: An American Football League exhibition game between the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals at Memorial Stadium, which is today the Liberty Bowl. The exhibition game, featuring Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Bengals stars Dewey Warren and Bob Johnson was put on by the nonprofit Mid-South Sports Action Inc. “to assure the success of an overall sports program for Memphis and the Mid-South.
Reserved box seats were $12.50 each and $6 for all other seats.
The upstart AFL and National Football League had not yet merged at that point. For the exhibition game, Namath was billed as the “former Alabama QB.” By the next January, Namath was the quarterback who led the Jets to an upset of the favored Baltimore Colts in the third Super Bowl, the first won by an American Football League team.
1894: Six black men accused of a set of barn burnings in Kerrville were ambushed and lynched as they rode manacled in a horse-drawn wagon with a deputy sheriff bringing them to Memphis to stand trial.
Source: “Paul R. Coppock’s Mid-South” by Paul R. Coppock.