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Today in Johnson City History: December 18

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 18, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Dec. 18, 1966: Children all over Johnson City joined the nation in viewing “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on television for the first time. The animated TV special was based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name.

Dec. 18, 2005: Dozens of people camped in freezing weather outside Johnson City’s Best Buy store in hopes of buying the latest must-have game system, the Xbox 360.

Dec. 18, 2008: Phil Roe resigned his post as Johnson City mayor and commissioner, having won his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives that November. The Johnson City Commission voted to install traffic cameras at some high-volume intersections for the first time. 

Dec. 18, 2015: Construction was completed on the Pavilion at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City. The $2 million project on the historic site of the Windsor Hotel was to built to be home to the Johnson City Farmers Market and special events.

Sources: Johnson City Press, thepeoplehistory.com

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