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Today in Johnson City History: March 28

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 28, 2020 at 5:00 AM

March 28, 1926: Mrs. J.M. King, of Montgomery Street, had been ill and confined to her bed for three weeks with influenza. Mr. King was also reported to be suffering from the same malady.

March 28, 1936: T.B. Smith Jr., a student at North Side School, had recently been awarded second place in a selling contest sponsored by a magazine company. He won a “cash bonus coupon, account book, business guide and a knife” among other things.

March 28, 1946: Beckners’ — a jewelry, silver, crystal and china shop — advertised that it had been in business for 60 years.

Mar. 28, 1954: “Riot In Cell Block 11” started a four-day run at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of West Main and Boone.

March 28, 1956: Bobby Faulkner, 3, had been reported missing from his home by his mother. The family, neighbors and others searched frantically for the child for about an hour. At that time, the child walked into his house and told his mother, “I went to sleep under the floor.” The child, who did not know about the alarm he had caused, had actually crawled under the front porch and taken a nap.

March 28, 1963: “Julius Caesar” with Marlon Brando and James Mason was at the Majestic Theatre on Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

March 28, 1966: A 2-year-old child had been admitted to Memorial Hospital earlier in the week after drinking most of a can of lighter fluid. She was in satisfactory condition.

March 28, 1973: Johnson City Mayor Vance Cheek Sr. announced “Operation Identification” a countywide program enabling citizens to protect their own homes and property. In Operation I.D., property owners could buy an engraving tool to mark the owner’s Social Security number on any items of value which might be stolen if the house were entered. These were before the days before computer identity theft became rampant via Social Security Numbers.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle/Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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