Today in Milligan History
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Proverbs 21:14 – A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
This is Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1908 A. A. Ferguson, an 1882 alumnus of Milligan College, delivered an address in the chapel service on “Manuscripts of the Bible.” Milligan College “New Horizon,” Volume I, No. vi, Catalogue Number 1909-1910.
1947 In the Tuesday chapel service at Milligan College United States Navy Lt. Cmdr. W. B. Brown presented President Virgil Elliott with a bronze plaque commending the college for its involvement in the Navy’s V-12 program. From July 1943 until July 1945 about 1,000 men from twenty-two states received training at Milligan prior to being commissioned as naval officers. The college had no civilian students for those two years. In receiving the plaque President Elliott commented, “[M]any of the men who came to Milligan first as Navy V-12 students have returned to the campus to continue their studies.” One did not. Robert W. Shakespear lost his life in the war. The plaque now hangs on the wall just outside the entrance to Derthick Hall. The Stampede, October 24, 1947.
1964 Milligan College students went to the straw polls and elected Arizona Republican Senator Barry Goldwater President of the United States. The Presidential campaign had been spearheaded by Larry Clark (1966) who set up Republican headquarters in Webb 326, and Jim Young (1966), who worked out the Democratic strategy in Webb 104. Voter registration already had predicted who would be the likely victor. Registration revealed that the Milligan College student body was overwhelmingly Republican. Elephants outnumbered Donkeys 228 to 174. Some students indicated no party affiliation. The Stampede, October 22, 1964, p. 1
1967 Jay and the Americans performed at Milligan College! The “international stars” had a big hit in 1962, “She Cried.” Campus organization Alpha Phi Omega arranged for the concert. The Stampede, October 20, 1967, p[. 1.
2010 At the beginning of the Thursday morning chapel program Milligan College President Donald R. Jeanes (ΦΑΘ, 1968; president 1997-2011) announced that earlier in the day he had informed the Board of Trustees of his intention to step down from his duties July 15, 2011. The decision, he said, was not sudden. “Over two years ago, I asked the Chairman of the Board to appoint a committee to look to the future. The primary role of this committee was deciding on the type of leader that Milligan would need for the future. Last spring I indicated my intention to make the announcement to the Chair of the Board and the Executive Committee.” Jeanes had enrolled as a student at Milligan in 1964. He had served as a member of the Board of Trustees until his appointment as President in 1997.
Birthdays: In 1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Ottery St. Mary, England . . . in 1833 Alfred Bernhard Nobel in Stockholm, Sweden . . . in 1956 Carrie Fisher in Beverly Hills, CA . . . in 1992 Milligan College sophomore Derek Dunbar in Kansas City, MO . . . and sophomore Megan Noelle Fontenot.
In 1520 Ferdinand Magellan’s ships entered a passage between the South American continent and Tierra del Fuego — the Strait of Magellan.
In 1805, at the cost of his own life, Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated Napoleon’s fleet at Trafalgar.
In 1879 Thomas Edison perfected the carbonized cotton filament light bulb.
In 1944 American troops took Aachen, the first major German city to fall in World War II.
In 1945 France finally (!) accorded women the right to vote.
In 1959 The Guggenheim Museum in New York opened its doors.
In 1980 the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series against Kansas City.
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