VOL. 9 | NO. 45 | Saturday, November 5, 2016
November 4-10, 2016: This week in Memphis history
2005: Baptist Memorial Hospital comes down in a controlled demolition in which the four wings of the 18-story, 924,000-square-foot reinforced concrete hospital building collapse in a heap of rubble 49 years after the original two wings opened to the public. The other two wings of the structure were added in 1966. Also demolished earlier as part of the project was the adjoining Physicians and Surgeons Building, which had been built in 1912 as the original Baptist Hospital.
Source: Creme de Memph blog
1993: Smashing Pumpkins at the New Daisy. $12.50 general admission.
NED MCWHERTER (Tennessee State Museum)
1986: Election Day in Shelby County and across the state. Tennessee House Speaker Ned McWherter is elected governor over former Gov. Winfield Dunn, and McWherter, the Democratic nominee, carries Shelby County in the process. Jimmy Moore claims the special election for the Memphis City Council seat held by Tom Marshall. Marshall was appointed to fill the council seat vacated when Jack Owens was elected sheriff in August. Voter turnout in Shelby County is 43.7 percent.
1975: The International Blues Festival at the Mid-South Coliseum. What’s billed as a “Battle For The King of the Blues” features B.B. King, Albert King, Howlin’ Wolf, Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Reed, Syl Johnson, Little MIlton, O.V. Wright and Benny Latimore.
1966: State and federal general elections across Tennessee. The ballot includes a set of amendments to the Tennessee Constitution, including the once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries for state legislative districts by the Tennessee Legislature. The reapportionment process is required following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same year in the Baker v. Carr case – filed by Shelby County Quarterly Court chairman Charles Baker against Tennessee Secretary of State Joe Carr. The landmark ruling establishes the principle of “one man-one vote.” The amendments include establishing two-year terms of office for state representatives and four-year terms for state senators.