VOL. 9 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 15, 2016
October 14-20, 2016: This week in Memphis history
2015: The University of Memphis Tigers football team beats Ole Miss 37-24 at a sold-out Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in a game televised on ABC. It’s a big day in the city. Some tailgaters showed up the night before, anticipating a colossal traffic back-up around the fairgrounds. The evening of the game, a smaller, sold-out crowd gathers at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts for the induction of the latest class to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Among those in attendance is late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who is inducting Justin Timberlake. Keith Richards is present to induct Scotty Moore.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad and Humble Pie play the Mid-South Coliseum. Grand Funk released its “Closer to Home” album earlier in the year – the band’s third album in less than two years, following its debut at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival. The October date is one of four in Memphis between February 1970 and October 1971, cementing Grand Funk’s reputation as a popular band with Memphis audiences.
Source: “Memphis Rocks” by Ron Hall
1954: Memphis political boss E.H. Crump dies after two days in a coma at his house on Peabody east of McLean. The previous August, Crump missed voting in primary elections, reportedly the first time he hadn’t voted in an election since he turned 21, the legal voting age at the time.
1913: The last batch of Goldcrest beer is made at the Tennessee Brewery the day before the passage of the state prohibition law in the Tennessee Legislature, according to a letter to stockholders of the Tennessee Brewing Co. The brewery lays off 527 workers as well. But the brewery soon begins making "near beer," a low-alcohol product.
Source: "Finest Beer You Ever Tasted" by Kenn Flemmons