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Today in Johnson City History: August 16

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Aug 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Aug. 16, 1884: The Comet reported that the midnight train had killed a hog on a recent night. “It is a shame that the authorities of Johnson City permit the hogs to root about the streets and sidewalks.”

Aug. 16, 1890: Gov. Robert Love Taylor was on hand as the Davy Crockett Historical Society laid the cornerstone of the monument to the “Hero of the Alamo” at his birthplace at Strong’s Springs, near Limestone.

August 16, 1961: The international premier of “Bridge to the Sun” took place at the Majestic Theater. The movie was based on the book of the same name, written by Johnson City native Gwen Harold Terasaki.

Aug. 16, 1976: The Doobie Brothers and Heart performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Aug. 16, 1982: The first Senior Olympics began.

Aug. 16, 2010: The region received nearly an inch of rain in an hour during a brief but powerful thunderstorm that flooded several downtown streets and knocked out power from Johnson City all the way to Bristol.

Sources: The Comet; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Press

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