VOL. 7 | NO. 28 | Saturday, July 5, 2014
July 4-10: This week in Memphis history
By Bill Dries
2013: Construction was poised to begin on the $33.5 million expansion and renovation of Methodist University Hospital’s new emergency department.
1984: On the front page of The Daily News, the name change of Southwestern at Memphis to Rhodes College became official with the college renamed for Dr. Peyton Nalle Rhodes, the college president from 1949 to 1965. Rhodes leaders were also preparing for construction to begin on a residence hall to be completed in 1985.
1973: Among the privilege licenses, a petting zoo owned by Vernon D. Hazen at Raleigh Springs Mall.
Also, Odell Horton announced he would resign as president of LeMoyne Owen College in August 1974.
1971: Deep Purple at the Overton Park Shell with Ian Gillan as the vocalist. It was the second U.S. date on the 1971 tour that included two shows in April at the casino in Montreux, Switzerland, which would burn that December, providing the story line for the band’s biggest hit, “Smoke on the Water.”
1934: Wrestling at Hodges Field Bowl featured a comeback for Jim Browning, the “Missouri farmboy,” who lost his “world title” to Charlie Strack. Also on the card was Sol Siagel, described in The Daily News as a “short and stumpy New Yorker” going against Paul Boesch, “former Long Island life guard.” “Siagel is known as the Houdini of the mat for his ability to escape with such ease from the holds of his opponents,” the article added.