This week in Memphis history: April 25-May 1

Saturday, April 26, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 18

1984: The Memphis Showboats played the Pittsburgh Maulers at the Liberty Bowl in the inaugural and first of their two seasons in the United States Football League. The Showboats won 17-7 and at the end of the season had a 7-11 record, the best among expansion teams in the league, which started in 1983.

1976: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at The Auditorium on the “Born To Run” tour. After the show, Springsteen caught a cab to Graceland. Seeing a light on in the house, Springsteen climbed the stone wall and ran to the front door where security stopped him and escorted him out the front gate. Elvis Presley was in Lake Tahoe on tour at the time. Springsteen has told the story numerous times. “Later on, I used to wonder what I would have said if I had knocked on the door and if Elvis had come to the door. Because it wasn’t really Elvis I was going to see, but it was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear and somehow we all dreamed it.”

Source: Elvis Presley Enterprises (

1950: Among the new privilege licenses listed in The Daily News was Henry Galtelli, a cobbler, at 1621 Union Ave.

1914: Two women’s suffrage organizations, the Memphis Equal Suffrage League and the Political Equality League, rallied in Court Square.