400 N. Front is in Good Company

In honor of 400 N. Front St.’s 100th birthday this year, as discussed in Thursday’s cover story, here are some other big things that happened in Memphis in 1912:

  • University of Memphis began its first regular term
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital opened its doors
  • Elvis’ favorite roller coaster, the Zippin Pippin, was built
  • W.C. Handy published “The Memphis Blues,” the first blues song ever recorded

Nationally, 1912 was a busy year as well:

  • Arizona became the 48th state
  • Girl Scouts held its first meeting
  • The Dixie Cup was invented
  • The RMS Titanic sunk
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote Tarzan of the Apes
  • L.L. Bean, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios were founded

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