Today in Milligan History (11/20)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 20:12 – “Ears that hear and eyes that see — the Lord has made them both.

This is Tuesday, November 20, 2012, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1925    Following the shotgun-accident of November 12, family and friends of Milligan College alumnus Clyde Williams Hendrix attended the funeral service on the college campus. The funeral procession was led by “thirty Milligan college girls dressed in white and each bearing a floral tribute.” Others in the procession included the pallbearers carrying the coffin, family and relatives, the Johnson City Lions Club, the Optimist Club, members of the American Legion, and the Milligan College student body.  Milligan College president Henry J. Derthick (1872-1968; president 1917-1940) and Dr. William E. Sweeney of First Christian Church in Johnson City jointly conducted the service. Among the speakers were ex-college-president Josephus Hopwood (1843-1935; Milligan College president 1875-1894, 1896-1903 and 1915-1917), Mrs. Perlea Derthick (1879-1955), and Dean W. B. Boyd. The Stampede, November 21, 1925

1933    J. Fort Fowler (1934) directed a one-act play, Amateurs, at Milligan College. The cast included Thelma McMahan (1935), Clifford Pursell (1937), Ivan Fox (att. 1933-1934), J. C. Sutton (att. 193-1934), and Gordon Bailey (att. 1933-1936). The Stampede, November 30, 1933

2004    In Louisville, KY, with over 250 runners in the finals of the NAIA National Cross Country Meet, Milligan College sophomore Megan Lease (2006) came across the finish line tenth. Tenth in the country! Submitted by Prof. W. D. Helsabeck, Jr.( ΦAΘ, Milligan 1982-1984; 1989-2008 retirement, and currently adjunct)

Birthdays: In 1620 Peregrine White, born upon the Mayflower as it anchored in Massachusetts Bay. Milligan alumna Grace Lang (1950) married W. V. Davidson, a direct descendent of Peregrine White  . . . in 1889 Edwin Hubble in Marshfield, MO . . . in 1917 Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) in North Wilkesboro, NC . . . 1923 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer in Springs, South Africa (submitted by Prof. Ruth McDowell Cook) . . . Milligan College Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music Anne B. Elliott . . . in 1990 Milligan College junior Ryan Daniel Gentry . . . and in 1993 Milligan freshman Candace Ray Faulkner.


In 1789 New Jersey ratified the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the first state to do so.

In 1805 Beethoven’s opera Fidelio premiered in Vienna.

In 1947 Princess Elizabeth of England and Duke Philip Mountbatten exchanged wedding vows.

In 1977 Egyptian President Sadat addressed the Israeli Knesset.