Today in Johnson City history: April 20

April 20, 1893: The Comet reported that Judge H.C. Hart planned to erect a building on the corner of Market Street and Public Square. The building was to be about 60 feet on each street, three stories high and “one of the most convenient and handsome” buildings in East Tennessee.” The first floor was to be occupied by store rooms and the second and third by offices, spacious and well arranged.

April 20, 1967: Giant Food Markets advertised JFG mayonnaise for 39 cents per quart jar, an 8-pound pail of Lay’s pure lard for $1, sliced Dole pineapples 29 cents per can, small eggs for 29 cents per dozen and Schick shave cream for 29 cents.

April 20, 1985: The Johnson City Press reported on James Doohan’s, AKA Scotty from “Star Trek,” visit to Johnson City. Doohan visited the area to promote a movie, in what was his first visit to the Volunteer State.

April 20, 1999: Johnson City residents were aghast at the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado. Concern, worry and prayers were among the words uttered in stores and offices that tragic day.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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