Today in Milligan History (12/13)

Today in Milligan History
an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Good day, Milligan!
Proverbs 13:11 – “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
This is Tuesday, December 13, 2011, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1864    The Battle of Kingsport – the only Civil War skirmish in Kingsport, TN – pitted 300 Confederate cavalry against a Union force of 5,500 soldiers led by General George Stoneman who were on their way to Saltville, VA. Union numbers prevailed.

1935    Joel O. Cheek died. He was the Milligan College board member and benefactor who financed Cheek Hall. Cheek Hall was a multi-use building – dormitory, gymnasium, swimming pool, bowling alley – that stood on the plot now occupied by the parking lot between the SUB, the Gregory Center for the Humanities, the Baker Faculty Office Center (FOB) and the Science Building. Joel O. Cheek and a cousin established the family’s business empire when they started their own wholesale grocery firm in 1890. Within two years, the Cheeks were concentrating on the coffee market. They soon established the firm of Nashville Coffee and Manufacturing, which marketed a prepared, roasted, and blended coffee at a time when most companies merely sold green beans. They marketed their coffee blend through Nashville’s Maxwell House hotel. The coffee made the hotel famous.  The advertising slogan, “Good to the last drop,” derived allegedly from a comment made by Theodore Roosevelt when he finished a cup.   See

1956    Unngh! Carson-Newman walked away with a basketball squeaker, felling the Milligan Buffalos 80-81 in an away game!  From B. Harold Stout, A History of Intercollegiate Athletics at Milligan College, 1887-1973 , Master’s Thesis, 1974; submitted by Craig Emmert (ΦAΘ, 2005).

Birthdays: In 1818 Mary Todd Lincoln in Lexington, KY . . . in 1897 Drew Pearson in Evanston, IL . . . in 1901 Georgi M. Rimski-Korsakov in Tikhvin, Russia . . . in 1925 Dick Van Dyke in West Plains, MO . . . and Milligan College professor of chemistry emeritus Gene Nix in Temple, GA . . . and in 1990 Milligan College student Justin Ross Little.

In 1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman stumbled on an island he named “New Zealand.”
In 1769 Rev. Eleazar Wheelock received a charter for his new college, and named it for a supporter, William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth. 
In 1928 Walter Damrosch conducted George Gershwin’s An American In Paris in Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.
In 1961 Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” appeared and went to #1 on the charts. 
In 1978 the United States issued its first coin to feature the portrait of a woman, the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
In 1983 Detroit beat Denver in the highest scoring NBA game ever: 186 – 184 (in triple overtime).
In 1988 three men required 29 hours to visit all 466 stations in the New York, NY, subway system.
In 1990 President F. W. De Klerk of the Union of South Africa met with Nelson Mandela to talk about ending Apartheid.

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