VOL. 7 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Memphis News Almanac
This week in Memphis history: July 11-17
By Bill Dries
2007: U.S. Sen. and 2004 Democratic nominee for Vice President John Edwards campaigned in Memphis in advance of the 2008 presidential race with a stop at the Metropolitan Interfaith Association store at 910 Vance Ave.
1982: Mud Island’s first hard rock show in the amphitheater’s inaugural concert season. Saxon and Aldo Nova opened for headliner Cheap Trick. Between songs, guitarist Rick Nielsen asked the audience if they had heard of a cable television channel called MTV.
1934: The Peabody hotel installed a new internal radio system that allowed music from one part of the hotel to be broadcast in other rooms of the hotel. The five “stations” included programming from WREC, the radio station in the basement of the hotel.
1904: During one of the city’s periodic reform-driven campaigns against gambling and prostitution, five deputy sheriffs raided a gambling den on DeSoto Street and arrested 40 men and women. The deputies tied those arrested together for a walk to the police station house and jail. But before the deputies could get their prisoners out of the gambling house, four underworld bosses led by Mike Haggerty drew guns on the deputies, disarmed them, shot them and freed the prisoners. Two of the deputies were killed in the attack. Haggerty, George Honan, George Deggs and Harry Keene were arrested. None were convicted. Only Honan went to trial and he was acquitted.
Source: “Memphis During The Progressive Era” by William Miller.