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Today in Milligan History
an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Good day, Milligan!
Proverbs 24:13-14 – Eat honey, my child, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
This is Thursday, January 24, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1858 Robert Milligan (1814-1875) co-editor of the Millennial Harbinger, writing in 1858, had an optimistic view of the near future. “The reign of the Anti-Christ has passed; the Church is coming out of the Wilderness: the Two Witnesses have been received up into heaven; and the vials of God’s wrath are now being poured out on all the enemies of truth and righteousness.” Milligan went on to cite remarkable progress over the last fifty years. Contributions worldwide to Christian missionary work had totaled only $20,000 in 1800, but in 1858 British churches alone were directing $70,000,000 in that direction! In 1858 the Bible had been translated into nearly two hundred languages available to 600,000,000 people. In 1850, Milligan continued, missionaries had “no access to the heathen.” He continues, “Now it is almost universally true, and perhaps quite true, that there is not a nation or a tribe on earth to whom the missionary may not have access . . . and all these colossal changes have been brought about in less than fifty years . . . Were we to characterize the period under review by a single word, we would call it an age of progress. We may, therefore, befittingly conclude what we have to say on this topic, with the inquiry, What agencies have been used chiefly as the elements of this progress? The mightiest has, no doubt, been Christianity; for a mightier never wrought among men.” Robert Milligan, “The Last Fifty Years,” The Millennial Harbinger, Fifth Series, Vol. I, No. 1 (Bethany, VA, January 1858)
1944 A newspaper article with a New York dateline heralded the news that Milligan College’s basketball team was 15-0 for the season. The Buffs, coached by Lt. (jg) Gordon Wellborn, had just defeated both North Carolina and Duke! The Milligan team was composed entirely of U. S. Navy V-12 trainees, notably, Bill Allen, Red Coulter, Frank DeMeyer, Bill Hall, and Jack Reitz. James G. Schneider, Milligan College Navy V-12 Unit: July 1, 1943-June 30, 1945, (Broadway Printing, Bradley, IL, 1980) , p. 11
2007 At a 3:00 p.m. media event at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, Athletic Director Ray Smith announced Milligan College’s re-entry into intercollegiate swimming competition. Smith introduced Coach Ron Goehring to the press.
2007 Phi Alpha Theta, national history honor society, welcomed five new members in 8:30 p.m. initiation ceremonies in the Fireside Room of the SUB. Candidates for society membership had completed 12 hours of history, had an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA in history classes of 3.1. The new inductees were Kortney Goulds (2008), Nathaniel E. Greene in absentia (2007), Courtney E. Hosp (2007), Austin G. Turner (2007), and Michael Treanor (2008).
2011 Milligan College Sports Information Director Matt Laws (Milligan since 2010) let the campus know that Heather Mandela had been named AAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, and had scored her 2,000th point as a member of the Lady Buffs. Campus e-mail from Matt Laws
2012 At the January faculty meeting, Dean Garland Young (Milligan since 2010) introduced several recently appointed members of the faculty: and staff: Amanda Righter, MBA Program Manager; Tracie Odom, System Administrator for Information Technology; and Rae Goines, Assistant to the Education Area. Young also officially announced some staffing changes that had been in place for some time: Christine Heaton had taken on a new role as Instructional Technologist; David Campbell (Milligan since 2007) had become Director of the Masters of Business Administration Program; and Vikki Sitter (Milligan since 1995) had become program liaison for the Adult Degree Completion Program.
Birthdays: In 1918 Oral Roberts in Pontotoc County, OK . . . in 1939 Ray Stevens in Clarksdale, GA . . . in 1941 Neil Diamond in Brooklyn, NY . . . in 1949 John Belushi in Chicago, IL . . . and Milligan College freshman Christa Marie Gibson.
In 1076 German King Henry IV deposed Pope Gregory VII at the Synod of Worms, setting up the eventual confrontation between the two men at Canossa.
In 1848 James Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, CA.
In 1902 Denmark sold the Virgin Islands to the United States of America.
In 1908 British Lord Robert Baden-Powell started the Boy Scouts.
In 1924 the Soviet Union renamed St. Petersburg “Leningrad.”
In 1962 The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed its first black honoree, Jackie Robinson.
Do you know something that happened on this day in Milligan history? Is this the birthday of a Milligan personality? The anniversary of a Milligan event? If so, send it to Phi Alpha Theta at email@example.com.