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Today in Johnson City History: January 23

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 23, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Jan. 23, 1896: The Comet reported the staff had been requested to announce that “the most diverting event which occurred Sunday evening was that M.F.B. was beaten out of her fellow by L.L.”

Jan. 23, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that First Church of Christ Pastor George Mark Elliott was opposed to the birthday ball planned in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt set for Jan. 30 at the John Sevier Hotel on the grounds that “public dance is fundamentally evil.” Elliott warned that no member of First Church should “disgrace himself or the church” by attending.

Jan. 23, 1969: The Chamber of Commerce held its official kickoff for its 54th year and Johnson City’s Centennial. The theme was “Past, Present, Future.” University of Tennessee President Andy Holt was the speaker and related that only Alabama and South Carolina spent less on educating each child than Tennessee did.

Jan. 23, 1990: Former U.S. President Gerald Ford returned to Johnson City for a speaking engagement at East Tennessee State University. Ford previously made a campaign stop here in 1976 while he was president.

Jan. 23, 2018: Johnson City was included in Livability.com’s annual list of Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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