Today in Johnson City History: November 27

Nov. 27, 1890: The Comet reported that the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough had passed through Johnson City earlier that week. The duke at the time was Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, the 9th Duke of Marlborough. The duchess was American Consuelo Spencer-Churchill, born Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family.

Nov. 27, 1936: David Walker, age 11, founded The Tribute, “a small sheet issued every now and then.” The circulation was 250. King’s Boy’s Shop was an advertiser in the publication.

Nov. 27, 1944: Frank Capra’s classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” starring Cary Grant was playing at the Majestic Theater in downtown Johnson City.

Nov. 27, 1987: Sesame Street Live began the first day of a three-day run at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 9,900 fans attended the performances.

Sources: The Comet; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Johnson City Press-Chronicle/Ted Bowers, Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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