May 16, 1938: Family in Johnson City received word that the body of lumberjack Samuel E. Shipley had been recovered from deep snow after a storm in the Sierra Mountains buried him May 9.
May 16, 1950: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle featured Dr. David Cavella, a 102-year-old Civil War veteran who fought under Beauregard and Pickett in the 1860s. Dr. Cavella went to the Johnson City Census Bureau “to be counted.” He described himself as a “veteran clown,” having entertained a variety of groups around the U.S. Dr. Cavella was a graduate of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina.
May 16, 1981: Eddie Rabbitt played at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 3,800 fans were present.
Sources: Dr. William A. Bridgforth; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.