VOL. 9 | NO. 6 | Saturday, February 6, 2016
This week in Memphis history: February 5-11
By Bill Dries
1996: Rod Stewart at The Pyramid performing in the round.
1976: The USSR gymnastics team is in Memphis for an exhibition at the Mid-South Coliseum, part of the first U.S. tour by the Soviet team. The team is honored at a reception at the home of Beale Street USA president Ronald P. Barassi in East Memphis that features paintings of Beale. The street itself is fenced off and boarded up.
1976: A notice in The Daily News by the board chairmen of First Tennessee, National Bank of Commerce and Union Planters banks says the $10 pledges for the Memphis Grizzlies football team season ticket campaign collected in December will remain in an interest-bearing account for at least three more months. The NFL and its commissioner, Pete Rozelle, are deciding the fate of the teams in the World Football League which the NFL is considering absorbing.
“During this indeterminate time, there is still a good chance that the final determination in the NFL franchise request will be in the Grizzlies’ favor,” the notice reads.
1969: Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is in Memphis for a Nation of Islam rally at the Auditorium. During the visit to Memphis, Ali meets with professional wrestler Jackie Fargo.
1930: The Memphis Board of Education and Park Commission are preparing to begin construction on a $400,000 junior high school at Central Avenue and East Parkway on fairgrounds property. Fairview Junior High School is built in an art deco style that endures to this day.