VOL. 8 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Memphis News Almanac
This Week in Memphis History: October 9-15
By Bill Dries
2014: Stevie Wonder receives the first Epitome of Soul Award from the Consortium Memphis Music Town. The show, held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, also featured performances by Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, Jordan Sparks and Eddie Levert. It’s not the first award Wonder has received in Memphis; he was a recipient of the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award in 2006.
1965: Among the new privilege licenses listed in The Daily News, Raceway A Go Go, a miniature car racing store at 4730 Poplar Ave., in a shopping center near Poplar and Colonial. Raceway A Go Go later opens another location at 525 S. Highland St. on the Highland strip’s east side.
1954: President Dwight Eisenhower, who is in his first of two terms in the White House, campaigns in Memphis during the midterm congressional elections. The GOP loses 18 seats in the House during the election, giving the Democratic Party a majority foothold that it would retain for the next 40 years. In Memphis, Democratic Congressman Clifford Davis easily wins re-election over independent candidate W.A. Danielson. Republicans don’t field a Congressional nominee in Memphis.
1943: Blan R. Maxwell, a Memphis attorney and state legislator who was speaker at the Tennessee Senate, dies in a plane crash with six other people near Centerville, Tenn. Maxwell was en route back to Memphis from Nashville.