Dec. 17, 1936: State Highway Department Highway employee Sid Campbell died from injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run crash in Johnson City a week earlier.
Dec. 17, 1955: Five traffic deaths — three in East Tennessee and two in West Tennessee — slammed the state's highway fatality toll into a tie with the all-time high for a single year, 894 in 1953. One of the three crashes was a head-on collision that killed a Johnson City man, P.F. Patrick, on U.S. Highway 11E.
Dec. 17, 1965: "Love and Kisses," starring Ricky Nelson, and William Castle's "The Night Walker," starring Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck began a run at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Johnson City.
Dec. 17, 2008: East Tennessee State’s senior forward Kevin Tiggs scored 32 points, hitting his career high for the third time in four games, and Courtney Pigram added 24 to lead the Bucs past Chattanooga 82-70 in Memorial Center.
Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press