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Today in Johnson City History: April 6

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 6, 2020 at 8:45 AM

April 6, 1893: The Daily Comet reported, “Henry Lyle has taken the agency, for J.I. Case Threshing Machine, Co., of Racine, Wis., For upper East Tenn. Anyone wanting engine or complete Threshing outfits write or call on him at Johnson City, Tenn.”

April 6, 1905: The Comet gave the news that “The flag designed by our fellow townsman, Capt. LeRoy Reeves, of the State Guard, should be adopted by the Legislature as the State emblem. Bills have been introduced to that end and should pass.”

The April 6, 1936: The Johnson City Press reported that Joe E. Brown, who was featured with Ann Dvorak and Patricia Ellis, would be starring in “Bright Lights” at the Tennessee Theatre.

April 6, 1951: The Coca Cola Bottling Company in Johnson City advertised the ability to “work refreshed” with a 5 cent Coke. In 2020, that 5 cents would equate to 50 cents. Can you find a Coke for that?

April 6, 1955: Johnson City's “newest and finest drive-in, the Skyline on the New Jonesboro Highway, featured James Stewart and Grace Kelly in "Rear Window.”

April 5, 1962: "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" started at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City. The British disaster film’s premise was that the U.S. and Russia accidentally tested atomic bombs at the same time, altering the Earth’s rotation. This was at the height of the Cold War.