March 22-28: This Week in Memphis History

Saturday, March 23, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 13

1968: 16.1 inches of snow fell on the city of Memphis, cancelling plans for striking city sanitation workers to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the front of their ranks from Clayborn Temple to City Hall. King would return to the city to lead the march on March 28, a march that would end before it got to City Hall from Clayborn Temple because of violence. The violent end of that march would prompt King to return to the city to lead another march April 5.

Source: "At The River I Stand" by Joan Turner Beifuss

1942: On the front page of The Daily News, Col. William J. Bacon, speaking to the Memphis Retail Credit Association on “civilian defense,” said “Warfare has changed from the old days. There are now no safe places anywhere. Memphis is just as much in the front line as Bataan, Java or Australia.”

1973: For a second straight month, real estate volume in Shelby County set a record. The February numbers based on transfers filed at the Shelby County Courthouse and complied by Mid-South Title Co. showed a total dollar volume of $45.7 million – a record for February.

WKNO-FM marked its first anniversary on the air with Saturday broadcasting

1993: U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr. testified in his own defense in a crucial moment of his second trial on federal bank fraud charges.

Jayne Creson was appointed by the Shelby County Commission as the new Shelby County Clerk, following the death of Richard “Sonny” Mashburn. Creson won a full four-year term of office the following year.