June 27, 1879: The Knoxville Daily Chronicle reported, “Mr. Leonard Swingle, an aged and respectable citizen of Johnson City, is fearfully deranged. He has to be kept in constant confinement.”
June 27, 1882: The Times-Democrat, a newspaper in New Orleans, reported C. Shelburne of Johnson City, Tennessee, had recently received a patent for velocipede. The velocipede was an early form of a bicycle. W.M. Coffman, of Elizabethton had recently received a patent for the current wheel, a type of wheel using the force of water.
June 27, 1883: The Memphis Daily Appeal reported, “The grape crop will be large in this section, judging from the present outlook. Corn is reported as having a good stand, and that the present prospect for a large crop is quite flattering. Two peach trees are already being propped to assist in bearing this burden of some of the weight of that delicious fruit.”
June 27, 1901: Dr. B. A. Williams and Dr. J. S. Montgomery, osteopathic physicians from Kentucky, had located in Johnson City on Spring Street.
June 27, 1906: Folsom Leonard, the 12-year-old son of W.J. Leonard, was recovering after his leg was badly mashed between two dirt cars on the S. & W. Railroad near the Southern crossing. Several stitches were required to dress the wound.
June 27, 1955: “This Island Earth” was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.
June 27, 1957: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a team photo of the General Finance Generals of the Johnson City Little League. Batboy Richard Lane sat in front. Front row: Gene Hartsook, Kenneth Jones. Tommy Oxendine. Stallard McNally, Leland Oxendine. Larry Street, and Eddie Layne. Back row: Manager Sherman Campbell. Steve Redmann. Ralph Smalling, James Keller. Johnny Leach, Carroll Hughes, Mickey McCurry and Roy Webb.
June 27, 1957: The Press-Chronicle published a photo of Chief Deputy Bill Taylor, Constable Ernest Keplinger and Sheriff John Deakins pausing while unloading 720 pints of whisky seized that morning.
June 27, 2010: The Gatton College of Pharmacy received its full accreditation status.
Sources: Knoxville Daily Chronicle; Times-Democrat; Memphis Daily Appeal; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Ted’s Johnson City Time Warp and Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Larry Calhoun.