Dec. 19, 1942: News reached Johnson City that local airman Robert H. “Snakebite Bob” Vaught had observed the first anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7 by shooting down two Japanese bombers over New Guinea. Vaught’s mother, Mrs. Laura Vaught, lived at 714 E. Myrtle St.
Dec. 19, 1965: Kennametal Inc. announced that F.J. Lennon, vice president for production, would be in Johnson City to plan the company’s new 40,000-square-foot plant here.
Dec. 19, 1975: Authorities here were searching for a white van believed to have been the get-away vehicle used in a bank robbery in Newland, North Carolina. The van was last seen headed toward Johnson City on the Milligan Highway and occupied by two men and two women.
Dec. 19, 2010: Science Hill’s wrestling team finished second in the inaugural Topper Duals at the school. The team was ranked 11th in Tennessee.