May 16-May 22: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, May 17, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 21

1993: The Memphis-Shelby County Sports Authority was readying its public relations campaign for an NFL team in Memphis. Memphis was competing with St. Louis, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., for expansion slots in the NFL.

In the end, every other city but Memphis would eventually get an NFL franchise and the bid for a team would be the city’s last effort at an NFL franchise.

1984: Placido Domingo in Memphis as the Metropolitan Opera performed “Francesca da Rimini" at Dixon Myers Hall of the Auditorium. Domingo’s performance was on the last night of a three-night stand that included Wagner’s "Die Walkure" and Puccini’s "Tosca."

1944: On the front page of The Daily News, the City Commission opened bids for renovations of the Memphis Academy of Arts at 690 Adams in the old Lee House. The four bids ranged from $3,583 to $4,375. Today, the Lee House has undergone another renovation and recently reopened as a bed and breakfast inn.

In a front page ad, the Memphis Street Railway Service announced the start of limited “owl service” – night service and after midnight service centered on nine main routes that were the busiest in the city’s mass transit system. The company had agreed to such service on all routes earlier in the month, “but due to the acute shortage of operators, this cannot be accomplished at this time without curtailing existing, essential daytime service.”