VOL. 7 | NO. 30 | Saturday, July 19, 2014
July 18-24: This week in Memphis history
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
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.