March 29-April 4: This Week in Memphis History

Saturday, March 30, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 14

2012: Pinnacle Airlines Corp. filed for federal bankruptcy reorganization after months of trying to reorganize the Memphis-based regional air carrier to compensate for a shift in the airline industry and a move away from the smaller capacity jets used by Pinnacle. It was a dramatic reversal for a company that in October 2010 became the anchor tenant of One Commerce Square. The reorganization plan was later scrapped for another reorganization plan that included Pinnacle moving out of Memphis effective May 2013.

1993: On the front page of The Daily News, John Grisham signed copies of his newest legal thriller “The Client” at Burke’s Bookstore, a book store that had hosted the Southaven attorney and one-time Mississippi state legislator when his first book, “A Time To Kill” was published.

1973: The Mississippi River at Memphis was cresting and there was flooding in the Shelby Forest Wildlife Management Area. The high water forced the state Game and Fish Commission to postpone the planned opening turkey hunt in the area.

King was killed this week in 1968.

1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel as he prepared to attend dinner at the home of Rev. Samuel B. Kyles, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church. King was in the city to lead a march of striking sanitation workers after a previous Memphis march had ended at South Main Street and Gayoso Avenue in violence.