Memphis in History

Tennessee: Knoxville, TN - Nashville

Historical Events

  • 1862-06-06 Battle of Memphis-city is surrendered
  • 1864-08-21 Major Gen Nathan B Forrests assault on Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1880-01-21 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1886-09-14 George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon

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1912-09-27 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy

1stFirst Supermarket

1916-09-06 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1916-12-14 America's first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, TN
  • 1923-01-19 WMC-AM in Memphis TN begins radio transmissions
  • 1948-12-11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-03-27 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records

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1953-06-14 Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis Tenn

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1968-04-04 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1971-10-14 2 killed in Memphis racial disturbances
  • 1972-01-17 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
  • 1972-03-18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • 1973-03-26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76
  • 1978-07-04 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • 1978-08-18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • 1983-12-29 2nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-18 in Memphis
  • 1987-04-16 Peter Taylor's "Summons to Memphis" wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • 1995-01-28 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise
  • 1995-06-29 Memphis Mad Dogs 1st CFL game (vs Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1995-07-07 Memphis Mad Dogs 1st CFL home game (vs BC Lions)
  • 1996-06-05 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, TN, on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • 2008-04-07 70th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Memphis 75-68
  • 2011-08-18 The "West Memphis Three" are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment
  • 2016-01-01 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis

Famous Birthdays


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1895-07-18 George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • 1902-03-03 Ruby Dandridge, actress (Father of the Bride), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1914-03-27 Snooky Lanson, singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1926-09-17 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1927-10-31 Anita Kerr, singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1929-06-09 Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], rhythm and blues singer (My Song), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • 1932-12-28 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1933-11-15 Barbara Carson, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-02-07 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US vocalist (Memphis Soul Stew)
  • 1934-03-04 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Sellner in Mrs. Doubtfire, Greta the secretary in Liar Liar), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1934-03-25 Johnny Burnette, guitarist (Trains Kept A-Rollin, You're 16), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-09-25 John S Bull, astronaut, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-12-09 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1935-11-27 Al Jackson Jr, drummer (Booker T & MGs-Chinese Checkers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-04-29 Lane Smith, actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1937-06-01 Morgan Freeman, Academy award winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1941-09-26 Joe Bauer, rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941-12-19 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1942-03-25 Aretha Franklin, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1942-11-26 Olivia Cole, actress (Roots, Szysznyk), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1947-02-04 Jeannie Wilson, actress (Simon & Simon, Stir Crazy), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1947-08-17 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1947-10-03 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1948-01-10 William Sanderson, actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1948-06-28 Kathy Bates, academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Actress Kathy Bates
Actress
Kathy Bates
  • 1949-02-04 Michael Beck, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1949-02-25 Ric Flair, American professional wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-01-23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-02-18 Cybill Shepherd, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-05-23 Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-08-08 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-12-20 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1950-12-28 Alex Chilton, rock guitarist/vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951-01-12 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951-01-26 Andy Hummell, rock bassist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952-06-20 Larry Riley, actor (Harry-Stir Crazy, Knots Landing), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952-08-23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-05-08 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-06-12 Rocky Burnette, rock vocalist (Towing the Line), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-09-30 Deborah Allen, country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-10-27 Michael Baker, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 43, 52, 68, 81), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1954-11-19 Gail Stanton playmate (Jun, 1978), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1955-05-24 Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • 1955-06-10 Andrew Stevens, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1957-10-11 Blair Cunningham, rock drummer (Haircut 100), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1964-10-02 Sheila Echols, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1988), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965-03-04 Dana Brown, Miss Tenn-America (1991-3rd), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965-07-24 Joe Oliver, catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1966-01-14 Daniel J Schneider, actor (Dennis-Head of the Class), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1966-02-24 Billy Zane, actor (Titanic, Dead Calm), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967-09-07 Leslie Jones Comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1968-02-01 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

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1971-04-12 Shannen Doherty, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1972-05-05 Wendy Kaye, playmate (Jul, 1991), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972-07-18 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Oly-gold-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972-11-02 Jeni Stephens, Miss America-Tennessee (1997), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1976-08-26 Carey Tally, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978-05-08 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1981-01-31 Justin Timberlake, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

2001-03-17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2004-01-01 Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-12-25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25

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1968-04-04 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1973-08-06 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76