VOL. 8 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Memphis News Almanac
This Week in Memphis History: July 31-August 6
2009: After a false start earlier in the year, Willie Herenton’s resignation as mayor takes effect. He leaves office as the city’s longest-serving mayor two years after winning a fifth term.
Herenton, the former superintendent of Memphis City Schools, won the mayor’s office by 142 votes in a 1991 election upset of incumbent Mayor Dick Hackett to become the city’s first elected African-American mayor in his first run for any public office. Four years later, Herenton won re-election with 75 percent of the vote. With Herenton’s resignation, Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery becomes mayor.
2007: Take 6 plays The Orpheum.
1945: Midwest Dairy Products Corp. buys two adjacent buildings at 731 and 755 Union Ave. at Manassas for $50,000, the last two open parcels on what is known as Automobile Row.
1855: Two men aboard the steamer Ingomar docked at the mouth of the Wolf River, about at the foot of Jackson Street, die in a local hospital, marking the beginning of the city's first documented Yellow Fever epidemic.
From two other steamboats on the Memphis riverfront, the fever quickly spreads to river workers. By Sept. 24, the epidemic has jumped to the area around Beale and Butler streets, where there are 40 to 50 cases reported. Health department records show there were 250 cases of Yellow Fever and 154 deaths in the outbreak.
Source: "History of Medicine in Memphis" by Memphis Shelby County Medical Society