VOL. 11 | NO. 27 | Saturday, July 7, 2018
July 6-12, 2018: This week in Memphis history
2008: WSG Memphis LLC takes a revised application for a mixed-use development to the Land Use Control Board for approval. The company has assembled more than 90 lots and parcels covering 26 acres on Poplar Avenue east of Cleveland where apartment buildings and some homes once stood. The plan is for a mix of retail shops, larger retail stores, medical offices and restaurants, along with apartments and condos.
Meanwhile, Northwest Airlines, which has a hub at Memphis International Airport, announces it will cut 2,500 jobs across its system because of high oil prices, which have more than doubled the airline’s fuel costs in the last year. Northwest will also begin charging $15 for the first checked bag – matching the fees imposed earlier in the year by rival airlines.
1982: Mud Island’s first hard rock show in the amphitheater’s inaugural concert season. Saxon and Aldo Nova open for headliner Cheap Trick, with guitarist Rick Neilsen asking the audience if they had heard of a cable television channel called MTV.
1904: During one of the city’s periodic reform-driven campaigns against gambling and prostitution in Memphis, five deputy sheriffs raid a gambling den on DeSoto Street and arrest 40 men and women. The deputies tie those arrested together for a walk to the police station house and jail. But before the deputies can get their prisoners out of the gambling house, four underworld bosses led by Mike Haggerty draw guns on the deputies, disarm them, shoot them and free the prisoners. Two of the deputies are killed in the attack. Haggerty, George Honan – identified by one of the deputies before he died – George Deggs and Harry Keene are arrested. None is convicted. Only Honan goes to trial, and he is acquitted.
Source: “Memphis During The Progressive Era” by William Miller