Today in Milligan History (11/19)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 19:12 – “A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.”

This is Monday, November 19, 2012, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1779    Early settlers organized Sullivan County, originally a part of Washington County, North Carolina. Sullivan County was the second county formed in what is now Tennessee. The November 19 date is deduced from the date of Isaac Shelby’s commissioning document, which made him colonel commandant of the county. Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee at

1948    The Stampede introduced the president of the freshman class, Herman “Meatball” Wattwood of Titusville, FL. Wattwood had graduated high school in 1946, and then joined the United States Navy as a submariner with a home port in Balboa, Panama. The Stampede, October 15, 1948

1965    Paul Conklin (1966), Jim Price (1966), and Angie Sutherland were among those who led the hoots at a Student Council Hootenanny in Cheek Gymnasium. Four hundred were in the audience when The Roadrunners – Hal Baker (1968), Jim Morris (1968), Kent Phillips (1969), and Bill Yancy – took the stage for the second half of the show.  The student body enjoyed cider and donuts afterwards. The Stampede, November 25, 1965, p. 14.,

2002    The curtain went up at ETSU’s Bud Frank Theatre for Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, a collaborative production between the East Tennessee State University Division of Theatre and the Milligan College Theatre Department. The cast included Milligan students and alumni Adam K. Meyers (2002) as Creon, Paul Blowers (1977) as Teiresias, Karrie Smith (2003) as the priest, and Jonathan Hall (2003) as a messenger from the palace. In the chorus were Amber Dawn Carderelli (2005), Jefferson Harbin (2003, Milligan since 2008), Christan McKay (2003), Annie Tipton (2004), Crystal Ann VanMeter (2005), and Lindsey Vogt (2006). The Stampede, November 21, 2002.

2008    Professor Joy Drinnon (at Milligan since 1999) received the Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness’ (ARCH) Angel Award for her work with its point-in-time surveys documenting homelessness in East Tennessee. Dr. Drinnon’ s work demonstrated the need for Housing and Urban Development funds benefiting the region’s homeless. Milligan College also received the Angel Award in recognition of the work dozens of Dr. Drinnon’ s students devoted to performing the surveys. Campus e-mail from President Don Jeanes(1968, ΦAΘ, Fide et Amore; Milligan President 1997-2011), November 19, 2008.

2011    The Milligan College Cross Country Team enjoyed a banner day at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, WA.  Gillian Giffen (2012) and Austin Ellis (2012) ran to All-American honors, and the nine-time AAC champion women’s team recorded a 15th-place finish – fifteenth in the nation!  Ellis recorded the highest finish ever for a Milligan athlete at the cross country nationals with a ninth place finish as he smashed his school record. Giffen recorded a 15th place finish to pace the Milligan women. Melissa Nipper (1996) in “Milligan Today,” November 22, 2011

Birthdays: In 1752 George Rogers Clark  in Albemarle County, VA . . . in 1831 James A Garfield in Cuyahoga County, OH . . . in 1862 William (Billy) Sunday in Ames, IA . . . in 1933 Larry King in Brooklyn, NY …and in 1993, Milligan College freshman Micah Rhea-Anne Stephens.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1863 Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

In 1959 the Ford Motor Company canceled further production of the Edsel.

In 1969 human beings walked on the moon again. This time it was Pete Conrad and Alan Bean, while Richard Gordon orbited above them.

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