VOL. 9 | NO. 43 | Saturday, October 22, 2016
October 21-27, 2016: This week in Memphis history
2010: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton marks one year in office with the city filing more than 130 lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court against owners of blighted properties. “I’m a lawyer and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m just saying, ‘Hey, I gotta sue somebody,” he says. Wharton says he feels “right at home” in the mayor’s office. “You never see me arguing with council members,” he adds. “Wonder why that is?” The remark is the closest Wharton comes to comparing his governing style to former Mayor Willie Herenton, whose July 2009 resignation set the stage for the October 2009 special election that Wharton won while serving as Shelby County mayor. The contrast in governing styles is one factor in Wharton’s move to City Hall. But Wharton’s relationship with the council is already becoming more complex as he marks one year as mayor.
1965: The Memphis Wings of the Central Professional Hockey League make their debut at the Mid-South Coliseum against the St. Louis Braves.
1909: President William Howard Taft is in Memphis for the opening of the YMCA on Madison Avenue. Taft opens the building for use with a golden key. He arrives in Memphis by steamboat, which docks at the cobblestones. At the time, Madison Avenue came to a dead-end just past Fourth Street. For Taft’s visit, city leaders have Madison paved and extended another half block.
1903: Dan Patch sets a new world racing record for the mile of 1:56 1-4 at the North Memphis Driving Park, the city’s harness horse racing track. “The demonstration that greeted the new world's pacing champion as he flashed under the wire was memorable. Horse owners who stood about the track before the starter’s stand and had caught the time, with their own watches before the official time flashed out across the track, set up a shout and threw their hats and caps high in the air,” reports the Los Angeles Herald.