October 4-October 10, 2013: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, October 5, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 41


2012: Robert J. Pera, the new majority owner to be of the Memphis Grizzlies was assembling his local partners for the ownership group. The names included NBA and University of Memphis basketball star Anfernees “Penny” Hardaway, pop star Justin Timberlake and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr.

1983: Memphis elections topped by the second race for Memphis mayor in a year. Dick Hackett, who won the 1982 special election for mayor in a runoff over City Council chairman J.O. Patterson Jr., won the second mayor’s race without a runoff over state Sen. John Ford and six other rivals.

1975: The Doobie Brothers played the Mid-South Coliseum to start a Southern tour. To mark the start, the band also threw a midnight party on a Memphis excursion boat after the Coliseum show.

1963: Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb announced his resignation effective Oct. 11 at a special meeting of the City Commission. Vice Mayor and Commissioner of Police and Fire Claude Armour became acting mayor for the remaining two months of Loeb’s term of office. Armour would be followed by Judge William Ingram who won the office in the 1963 city elections. Loeb resigned to assume control of the family laundry business because of the death of his father. He would return to city politics in 1967 when he ran for and was elected mayor in the new mayor-council form of city government that took office in January 1968.