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Today in Johnson City History: April 21

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM

April 21, 1887: The Comet reported that Gen. John T. Wilder was to address the East Tennessee Farmer’s Convention in Knoxville on May 17. His topic would be “Our Minerals.”

April 21, 1898: Prof. Smalling expected to begin a subscription school in a few weeks and would probably teach the public school next autumn and winter.

April 21, 1910: Halley’s comet was expected to rise that morning at 3:37 and was lingering in the constellation Pisces where it was slowly advancing westward toward star Omega. Its speed was about 111,240 miles per hour.

April 21, 1923: Mrs. Sam Millard was recovering nicely from an operation performed that week at Mayo’s in Rochester, Minn.

April 21, 1948: Courtesy Motor Company, 410 E. Main, invited car shoppers to check out the new 1949 Lincoln.

April 21, 1963: “To Kill A Mockingbird” was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street.

April 21, 1969: East Tennessee State University student Danny Currier was killed in a boating accident on Boone Lake that also left a Kingsport woman in critical condition at Johnson City Memorial Hospital. Currier was driving the boat with three other classmates aboard when it struck a rock at high speed.

April 21, 1975: The Science Hill Hilltoppers outhit Erwin to win 8-3 in baseball.

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