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VOL. 8 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 10, 2015

This Week in Memphis History: October 9-15

By Bill Dries

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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.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 38 20,670
MORTGAGES 45 45 23,790
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 24 24 3,071
BUILDING PERMITS 187 187 42,781
BANKRUPTCIES 57 57 13,237
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 23 6,645
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 30 7,819
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 27 4,670