May 17, 1915: East Tennessee Normal School participated in its first men’s track meet, which was held on the school grounds.
May 17, 1945: City Commissioner J.R. Zimmerman left office; he was a commissioner from 1939-1945.
May 17, 1975: Linda Ronstadt performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.
May 17, 2010: Future Major League Baseball pitcher Daniel Norris struck out nine during six shutout innings of the Hilltoppers’ 9-0 win against Jefferson County in a Region 1-AAA semifinal at Cardinal Park.
Sources: The Comet; History of Washington County, Tennessee; City of Johnson City; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press.