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VOL. 7 | NO. 30 | Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 18-24: This week in Memphis history

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2003: Hurricane Elvis, a storm featuring straight line winds that damaged more than 300,000 homes and cut power to 750,000 households in Shelby County. Seven people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm and property damage was estimated at more than $500 million.
Approximately 1,000 utility poles were snapped in the storm that clocked a top wind speed of 102 miles an hour Downtown. Three-fourths of the traffic signals in Shelby County were out or malfunctioning and the Northwest Airlines hub at Memphis International Airport closed.

Source: Shelby County Office of Preparedness

(Photo: Joe Sia)

1978: Bruce Springsteen at The Auditorium.

1969: James Earl Ray was extradited back to the U.S from England. From a London prison cell, Ray was driven to a U.S. Air Force base in Suffolk for what authorities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean called Operation Landing. He was flown aboard a C-135 aircraft from England to the Millington Naval Air Station north of Memphis where he was then turned over to FBI agents who transferred him to then Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris.

Source: “Hellhound On His Trail” by Hampton Sides

1934: On the front page of The Daily News, V.E. Schevenell Co., of Memphis, was awarded the contract for paving the new extension of Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Washington Avenues. Schevenell’s low bid of $15,697 was approved by the City Commission with Shelby Electric Co. getting the street lighting contract for $820.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 137 550 13,176
MORTGAGES 136 615 17,085
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 74 3,364
BUILDING PERMITS 223 924 28,618
BANKRUPTCIES 73 376 10,866
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 131 4,335
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 472 16,821
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 130 3,821

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