Today in Milligan History (1/16)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 16:13 – Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.

This is Wednesday, January 16, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1899    For the second time, Tennessee Governor Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor handed over the reins of power to his successor in the state house. He had served two terms 1887-1891, and a third 1897-1899. In a farewell speech in which he lamented how difficult high public office is, he announced that he intended to “fly away to the haven of my native mountains, where I may think and dream in peace . . . .” Home for Taylor was Happy Valley. As a teenager, he had been a student in the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the school which grew up to become Milligan College. In handing the governorship over to his successor, he said, “And now, Benton McMillin, you have given your hand and heart to Tennessee. I pronounce you man and wife, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul.” Paul Deresco Augsburg, “The Knight of the White Rose” in Bob and Alf Taylor: Their Lives and Lectures (Morristown, TN: Morristown Book Company, Inc., 1925), 72.

1934    Who says that Milligan students didn’t dance on the campus before 2006? On Tuesday evening, January 16, 1934, students gathered in the J. O. Cheek Activity Building for an evening of “tripping the light fantastic.”  An unsigned Stampede article reported, “[T]he dancing consisted of square dances and the Virginia Reel. These old dances were new to the students and the process of learning proved to be very amusing and entertaining to on-lookers as well as those participating. It is hoped that these socials may become a permanent part of the Milligan College Social Activities.” The Stampede, January 19, 1934.

1935    The second semester of the 1934/35 school year opened. Among those transferring in to Milligan from elsewhere were Frank Thompson and Neil Colmery, both from Wilkinsburg, PA; and Curtis Robinson from Blackwater, VA. The Stampede, January 18, 1935

1954    At a ceremony held at Tri-Cities Airport, Senator Albert Gore (D-TN) lit the long-awaited first flame fueled by natural gas that flowed through a 100-mile pipeline from Knoxville.  Previously, since 1914, the area’s energy needs had been met by gas produced in a coal-gas production plant on Tennessee Street near the railroad tracks in Johnson City. By 1946 the technology had advanced to allow the production of liquefied petroleum (propane). In 1953 work began on the natural gas pipeline. Bob Cox, “Washington County Gas Co. introduced gas to city in 1914,” Johnson City Press, p. 4A, January 31, 2011.

Birthdays: In 1829 Andrew J. Peebles, whose son Rev. H. M. Peebles, “was educated at Milligan College,” and became an itinerant Methodist minister. Goodspeed’s  History of Tennessee, cited at . . . in 1908 Ethel Merman in Queens, NYC . . . in 1934 Marilyn Horne in Bradford, PA . . . in 1935 A. J. Foyt in Houston, TX . . . and in 1992 Milligan College senior Stephanie Andrea Wilson and juniors Heather Nicole Espeland and Jennifer Ashley Espeland, both in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1493 Columbus returned to Spain on his first voyage.

In 1604 John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion “…that there might bee a newe translation of the Bible,” which resulted in the Authorized (King James) version of the Bible in 1611.

In 1777 Vermont seceded from New York and declared its independence.

In 1786 Virginia adopted the Ordinance of Religious Freedom, promoting separation of Church and State.

In 1920 the 18th Amendment became law, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of beverage alcohol in the United States of America.

In 1920 the League of Nations met for the first time in Paris.

In 1939 “Superman” comic books debuted.

In 1964 Carol Channing opened Hello, Dolly! for the first of 2,844 performances.

In 1970 Colonel Muammar Kadhaffi became premier of Libya.

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