May 17, 1881: The Knoxville Daily Chronicle reported that E.C. Reeves, from Johnson City was staying at the Atkin House, a hotel in Knoxville.
May 17, 1884: The Johnson City Commission had passed an ordinance to prevent boys and others from swinging on passing trains.
May 17, 1888: Several couples of Johnson City young people went down to Washington College to attend the closing exercises of that school. Gov. R.L. Taylor delivered the annual address.
May 17, 1906: Summers-Parrott Hardware Co. advertised lawn sprinklers for $1.25 each.
May 17, 1940: Dinty Moore's Cafe had its grand opening at 236 E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City.
May 17, 1957: The Armed Forces Day Parade went through downtown Johnson City.
Sources: Knoxville Chronicle; Knoxville Daily Chronicle; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories