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Today in Johnson City History: June 23

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 23, 2019 at 6:45 AM

June 23, 1913: A Mr. Chester was fined $2 for public profanity; he put his watch up for bond.

June 23, 1957: East Tennessee State College freshman sprinter Ollan Cassell was selected by the National Amateur Athletic Union to run in a series of meets in Europe after winning the AAU 220-yard championship in a record 21 seconds. Cassell went on to win a gold medal in the men's 4 × 400 m relay at the 1964 Summer Olympics. He later served as AAU’s executive director.

June 23, 1970: The Mountain Empire Chapter of the Sweet Adelines met for the first time.

June 23, 1978: REO Speedwagon performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: Johnson City Court Records, 1913; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; History of Washington County Tennessee; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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