Today in Milligan History (12/10)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”

This is Monday, December 10, 2012, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1857    At about two o’clock in the morning the main building of Bethany College in Bethany, VA (now West Virginia), suffered destruction by fire.  Virtually everything disappeared in smoke: the library, “together with all the Physical and Chemical apparatus, specimens in Natural History, valuable manuscripts . . . ”  Bethany College was the institution on which Josephus Hopwood modeled Milligan College in 1881, and was the institution where Robert Milligan taught 1854-1857. Though about twenty percent of the students enrolled at Bethany left as a result of the calamity, the college survived, having to suspend classes for only a single day during which other arrangements were made. The Millennial Harbinger, Fifth Series, Vol. I, No. 1, January 1858; Robert Milligan, “Bethany College,” The Millennial Harbinger, Fifth Series, Vol. I, No. 2, February 1858.

1866    On this day Isaac Taylor secured a charter from the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee for a school which was to be called “Buffalo Male and Female Institute.” The Institute eventually became Milligan College. Cynthia Ann Cornwell (1985) Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941. (Milligan College History Project. Milligan College, TN, 1989), p. 10.

1950    The Johnson City Bus Company raised its fare. The Milligan-Johnson City run and the Milligan-Elizabethton run went up from a dime to fifteen cents. The Stampede, December 13, 1950

2002    The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed the accreditation status of Milligan College for another ten years. Prof. Patricia Magness (1969; Fide et Amore; at Milligan 1984-2012) had served as chair of the self-study steering committee.

2010    Milligan College awarded 124 degrees at graduation ceremonies in Seeger Chapel at commencement exercises in which Doug Priest, executive director of Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF), delivered the keynote address. As part of the ceremony, Milligan President Donald R. Jeanes (ΦΑΘ, 1968, Fide et Amore, President of Milligan College 1997-2011), conferred an honorary doctorate degree upon Naomi Dennison Kouns, who had worked for CMF for 34 years, serving as the director of Services and Church Relations and then in establishing the Globalscope Campus Ministry. Milligan College News Release, December 3, 2010.

2011    Milligan College basketball player, senior Alisha Mainer, dropped her 1000th point through the basket in a game against Tennessee Temple University. Elizabethton Star, February 8, 2012; confirmed by Coach Rich Aubrey (1985, Milligan since 1994), e-mail of February 7, 2012.

Birthdays: In 1787 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet in Philadelphia, PA . . . in 1824 George MacDonald in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland . . . in 1830 Emily Dickinson in Amherst, MA . . . in 1992 Milligan College senior Lindsey Deette DeBord . . . and in1993 Milligan freshmen Alexandria Daley Fellers and Kelsey Faye McNeil.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1520 Martin Luther publicly burned Pope Leo X’s bull, “Exsurge Domine.”

In 1799 Napoleon’s France formally adopted the metric system.

In 1817 Mississippi joined the Union as the 20th state.

In 1864 General Sherman’s armies reach Savannah, and a 12-day siege began.

In 1898 the Spanish-American War ended. The United States ended up with the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam as prizes of war.

In 1903 the Nobel Prize for physics went to Pierre and Marie Curie.

In 1936 King Edward VIII vacated the British throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson.

In 1950 Ralphe J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a first for African-Americans. On this day in 1964 the Prize went to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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