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Today in Johnson City History: May 23

Johnson City Press • May 23, 2020 at 11:15 AM

May 23, 1901: The East Tennessee Brick Company was arranging to light its yard with electricity and would run the plant day and night after a few days.

May 23, 1925: The waters of Johnson City were the most perfect yet shown, as indicated in an analysis just received from chemists who had completed an examination of samples.

May 23, 1941: The Johnson City Press reported, “Mercury soared toward a new record for Johnson City today after reaching 91 yesterday, the highest during the record-breaking heat wave which has gripped East Tennessee for the past week, bringing further damage to parched crops.”

May 23, 1955: "Black Tuesday" starring Edward G. Robinson was playing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

May 23, 1965: "Baby the Rain Must Fall" starring Steve McQueen, Lee Remick and Don Murray was playing at the Sevier.

May 23, 1968: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image illustrating the results of Eagle Lodge liquor raid the night before. Pictured were Lt. George Adams and Assistant Police Chief John Senn.

May 23, 1971: The groundbreaking ceremony for First Christian Church, at its current location in North Johnson City, was held.

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

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