June 22, 1949: Johnson City resident Edith Justice was among the passengers on an American Airlines plane that crash-landed in Memphis. Pilot Ed Hatch was credited with saving the lives of all 43 people on board after the plane lost power. Justice blacked out during the crash but escaped the wreckage after hearing someone say the plane was about to burn. It had been her first plane ride.
June 22, 1987: The Washington County Courthouse Downtown Centre opened. The new Courthouse replaced the Ashe Street Courthouse, which was built in 1910 as a U.S. Post Office.
June 22, 2007: Lakes and rivers may have been nowhere in sight, but that didn’t stop students in Fairmont Elementary School’s afternoon summer program from setting sail in an Australian regatta. Hoisting tribal flags above colorful crafts created mostly from cardboard boxes, the young sailors sped across imaginary waves full-bore on the school’s playground. Some had their faces painted to resemble Australian Aborigines. Some painted dingoes, koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and other tribal mascots on their boats.
Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Press