Today in Milligan History (11/30)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 30:11-12 – ““There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth . . . .”

This is Friday, November 30, 2012, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1917    Under the leadership of E. H. Koch, General Secretary of the Tennessee Christian Missionary Society, leaders of a program called “Men and Millions” announced that Tennessee had contributed liberally in both dollars and pledges of personal service to the cause of world-wide missions. Of 8,000 young people in the nation who pledged themselves to some form of Christian service, 540 were Tennesseeans. The largest single cash gift to the program was from Milligan College alumnus George W. Hardin (1882), who contributed $10,000 of the entire state’s contribution of $87,250. According to Milligan College historian Clinton Holloway (1995), Milligan received $100,000 from the Men and Millions Campaign, a significant gift in the post WWI era. Herman Norton, Tennessee Christians: a history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Tennessee (Nashville, TN: Reed & Co., 1971), pp. 234, 237

1933    Stampede editor Wayne Leeman (att. 1932-1934) wrote an editorial asking why Milligan College students had no student government. “What! No Student Council?” was the title of the editorial in which Leeman argued for a student council to “help both students and administration.” The Stampede, November 30, 1933

1939    Was it or was it not Thanksgiving at Milligan College?  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went mucking about with the calendar in 1939, changing the traditional date for Thanksgiving. Previously Thanksgiving had always fallen on the last Thursday in November, but in 1939 that fell on November 30 – too late in the minds of Retail America! It left far too little time for Christmas shoppers to make their Christmas purchases in the still hard-hit depression year. Retailers lobbied for an earlier Thanksgiving so shoppers would have more time to empty their pocketbooks. Roosevelt and his Commerce Department made the decision. Thanksgiving in 1939 would be on the fourth Thursday, a week before the last Thursday in 1939. But tradition-honoring Tennessee didn’t go along. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported on November 23, “the banks will be open as usual, you’ll start the children off to school at the regular time, the postman will come . . . Really, it’s just going to be another Thursday.”   Phi Alpha Theta is still researching to find out how Milligan College spent Thanksgiving – on the 23rd or on the 30th of November, 1939.  – From Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service, “The year Thanksgiving was ignored, mostly,”  Johnson City Press, November 25, 2010, p. 3B

2010    At the regular faculty meeting in Hyder Auditorium, President Donald R. Jeanes (ΦΑΘ, 1968; President 1997-2011) announced that the college had recently purchased approximately thirteen acres of land on Gov. Alf Taylor Road (across from the tennis courts, the soccer field, and the Phillips-Taylor House).

Birthdays: In 1667 Jonathan Swift at No. 7, Hoey’s Court, Dublin, Ireland  . . . in 1729 Samuel Seabury, first bishop of the American Protestant Episcopal Church, ion Groton, CT . . . in 1835 Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) in Florida, MO . . . in 1874 Sir Winston Churchill in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England . . .  Today is the birthday of Milligan College Teacher Education Admissions  Coordinator Melissa Harkleroad . . . and in 1990 Milligan College seniors Marilyn Alice Lara and Courtney Michelle Dennis.


In 1782 His Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland signed the agreement recognizing the independence of the United States of America.

In 1936 London’s Crystal Palace, built in 1851, was destroyed by fire.

In 1948 the Negro National [baseball] League disbanded.

In 1967 Julie Nixon, daughter of the former Vice-President, and David Eisenhower, grandson of the former President, announced their engagement.

In 1975 Dahomey became Benin.

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