Today in Milligan History (5/13)

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 13:13 – Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

This is Monday, May 13, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1858    Subscribers to The Millennial Harbinger read co-editor Robert Milligan’s acknowledgment of Bethany College’s receipt of fifty-five volumes from Elder G. W. Elly of Lexington, KY. The gift was meant to supply books for the library which had been destroyed in a fire of December the previous year. Milligan, in addition to being a co-editor of the Millennial Harbinger, taught mathematics and astronomy at Bethany College. Robert Milligan, “Books,” The Millennial Harbinger. Fifth Series, Vol. I, No. V, May 1858.

1884    Josephus Hopwood described the teary-eyed leave-taking that took place at the train depot as classmates at Milligan College said good-by to each other. “When train-time drew near a large procession of students and friends went to the depot and when the steam whistle called the time for good-bye’s, many eyes were bathed in tears that were used only to smiles.” The Milligan Mentor, Vol. II, No. 1 (published in Cave Spring, TN), June 1884. J. Hopwood, Editor and Publisher.

1954    The students of Milligan College elected Johnny Byrd (1955) of Galax, VA, to be the Student Body President for 1954-1955. Omer Hamlin, Jr. (1955) of Tellesboro, KY, was elected vice-president. The Stampede, May 28, 1954, p.1.

1956    The Francis Gary Powers Story – Part Two: Milligan alumnus Francis Gary Powers (1950) resigned from the United States Air Force and purportedly became a civilian employee of the Defense Department; in fact, he was working for the CIA. Powers was involved in the U-2 incident of the Eisenhower administration. He was shot down while piloting a photo-reconnaissance plane over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960.

1960    Jim Lura (1961), President, and Dick True (1961), Vice President, received the gowns of their offices as leaders of the Milligan College 1960-1961 Student Council.  Sheila Ottinger (1961) represented the Women’s Dormitory Council; Tom Starnes (1961) would speak for the Men’s Dormitory Council; Eddie Fine (1961) would represent commuting students.  Gary Burroughs (1963), Judy Giles (1963)  and Dean Taylor (1963)  represented to sophomore class; Jim Frasure (1962), Norma Faye Baker ( 1962), and Terry Black (1962) would represent the juniors; Ben Crandall (1961), Joanne Hines (1961) and Ray Rensi (1961) the seniors. The Stampede, May 27, 1960.

Birthdays: In 1717 Maria Theresa Empress of Austria in Vienna, Austria  . . . in 1792 Giovanni-Maria Mastai-Ferretti who served as Pope Pius IX, “Pio Nono”, 1846-78, in Senigallia, Italy  . . in 1842 Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan in London,  England . . . in 1992 Milligan College rising senior Emily Elizabeth May and in 1994 rising sophomore Samantha Marie Lilley.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola.

In 1665 Rhode Island passed a statute offering citizenship irrespective of religious faith, effectively enfranchising the colony’s Jews.

In 1830 the Republic of Ecuador took its place on the world stage.

In 1846, after two months of fighting, the United States declared war on Mexico.

In 1940 Winston Churchill delivered his “blood, toil, tears and sweat” speech.

In 1981 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II.

In 1989 approximately 2,000 students began a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.

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