1890: The City Council voted to purchase a cart and mule and hire a man by the month to remove garbage. Editorial comment in the newspaper: “…the removal of garbage from the streets and compelling citizens to keep their premises clean…is a subject of vital importance to our city and all ordinances bearing on the matter cannot be too rigidly enforce.”
1906: The Middlesboro baseball team played the Nebraska Indians of Omaha, Nebraska, at East End Park, which could seat 500 in the grandstand.
1918: Alien German females were required to register as such at the Middlesboro City Hall on order from the War Department.
1929: Montgomery Wards opened on the northwest corner of 20th and Cumberland. Opening day the store had a sales force numbering 100. Specials included men’s overalls for $.98, ladies house dresses for $.98 and a 7 tube all electric radio for $73.95.
1940: Col. Ike Ginsberg was heading a drive for Jewish relief. He stated that it was definite that Jews were suffering and that Hitler and his government “has one aim: to exterminate Jews.”
1947: Sgt. James Spurlock of Jonesville visited the local recruiting station. He was a member of the airplane crew that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.