Oct. 1, 1908: Johnson City businessman and future Kingsport founder J. Fred Johnson entertained a doctor from Texas at his house on Spring Street. J.E. Brading was building a storehouse on the corner of West Main and Boone streets.
Oct. 1, 1945: Dr. Thomas P. McKee founded the McKee Eye Hospital at 207 E. Watauga Ave.
Oct. 1, 1990: The first house built by Holston Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Johnson City was dedicated.
Oct. 1, 2009: Three Girl Scout Councils, including the Girl Scout Council of the Appalachians, headquartered in Johnson City, merged to become the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians.
Oct. 1, 2018: President Donald Trump visited Johnson City in a campaign rally at Freedom Hall Civic Center. He endorsed the candidacy of U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her bid for the U.S. Senate. The Freedom Hall arena was filled to capacity with Trump’s supporters, while both fans and foes demonstrated outside.
Sources: The Comet; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History; Trish Patterson, Holston Habitat for Humanity; Becky Luntsford; Nancy Stanton; Johnson City Press