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25 years ago — 1994 For­get Lille­ham­mer, site of this year’s Win­ter Olympics. There was enough slip­ping, slid­ing, sled­ding, skat­ing, crash­ing, crunch­ing and cat­er­waul­ing Thurs­day in Memphis for a decade’s worth of cold weather com­pe­ti­tions. It was Nor­way on the Mis­sis­sippi as Mem­phi­ans on skates, sleds, cookie sheets, plas­tic bags and other slip­pery sur­faces turned ice-cov­ered slopes into make-be­lieve bob­sled runs, ski jumps and slalom cour­ses. As early as 12:30 a.m., dare­dev­ils were to­bog­gan­ing down the scary camel’s hump drop of the Auc­tion Av­enue Bridge, con­nect­ing Front street to Mud Is­land. Oth­ers chose the ice-coated grades of back streets through­out the city. 50 years ago — 1969 A two-mil­lion-dol­lar ex­pan­sion to triple the num­ber of beds of St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal and pro­vide iso­lated care for 78 pa­tients was an­nounced yes­ter­day by en­ter­tainer Danny Thomas, the hospi­tal’s founder. Hospi­tal of­fi­cials ex­pect to com­plete and ap­prove the plans by mid-april and hope con­struc­tion will be com­pleted by late next year. Mr. Thomas made the an­nounce­ment in an in­ter­view in his room at the Sher­a­ton-pe­abody shortly be­fore ap­pear­ing at the Hol­i­day Inn-river­mont where he spoke last night to more than 1,400 per­sons gath­ered to salute Sam Cooper, the 1969 re­cip­i­ent of the Broth­er­hood Award. St. Jude now has 36 beds in 18 rooms, but, be­cause of the need for iso­la­tion, only one bed in each room is be­ing used. The ex­pan­sion would add 60 rooms with one bed each, giv­ing a to­tal of 78 pri­vate rooms. 75 years ago — 1944 Twenty-four per­sons were killed last night when a huge Amer­i­can Air­lines trans­port en route from Fort Worth to Memphis plunged into the muddy wa­ters of the Mis­sis­sippi River near Cow Is­land Bend, 15 miles be­low Memphis. It was the sec­ond worst tragedy in the his­tory of Amer­i­can’s com­mer­cial avi­a­tion. 100 years ago — 1919 Tex­tile mill em­ploy­ees in Chat­tanooga have served no­tice that hence­forth no mem­ber of the union will work more than eight hours a day. Some mill own­ers are ex­pected to shut their plants down. A na­tion­wide cam­paign is un­der way by work­ers to force an eight-hour-day on the tex­tile in­dus­try. 125 years ago — 1894 WASHINGTON — The bill re­peal­ing all fed­eral elec­tion laws reg­u­lat­ing con­gres­sional elec­tions has passed both houses of Con­gress and only awaits the sig­na­ture of Pres­i­dent Grover Cleve­land to be­come law. The bill wipes out the most odi­ous of all the laws that were the prod­uct of the Re­con­struc­tion pe­riod. No more will elec­tion “su­per­vi­sors” in­tim­i­date cit­i­zens at the polls.


The city's as­phalt plant at 1049 Sledge was one of the fac­tors which had Mayor Watkins Over­ton and the other four city com­mis­sion­ers in a bit­ter City Hall feud in Fe­bru­ary 1951. Mayor Over­ton was ac­cused of, but de­nied, of­fer­ing the plant site for sale with­out in­form­ing the other city com­mis­sion­ers of ne­go­ti­a­tions. The $40,000 of­fer by Sears, Roe­buck & Co. was turned down by Com­mis­sioner Wil­liams, who val­ued the plant re­place­ment at more than $107,000.

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