Today in Milligan History (5/2)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 2:12-15 – “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked people, from people whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.”

This is Thursday, May 2, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1905    A fire in downtown Johnson City swept the south side of Main Street between Roan and Spring Streets. Among the buildings to be totally destroyed was the First Christian Church.

1960    Francis Gary Powers Story: Part I The United States Air Force public information officer at Incirlik Air Force Base in Adana, Turkey, announced that an unarmed weather reconnaissance aircraft of the U-2 type had vanished during a routine flight over Turkey. He explained that the civilian pilot, an employee of Lockheed Aircraft on loan to the Air Force, had reported trouble with his oxygen equipment. It was all diplomatic dissembling.  In fact, the U-2 was photographing Russian military sites. At the controls of the spy plane was Milligan College alumnus Francis Gary Powers (1950). Francis Gary Powers with Curt Gentry, Operation Overflight (Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1970), p. 139.

2008    Retiring Milligan College professors Gary Wallace, biology (Milligan 1967-1968, 1971-2008), and Julia Wade, biology (Milligan 1984-2008) taught their last regularly scheduled classes as full-time faculty members.  Their colleagues had recognized their contributions to Milligan at a retirement banquet on April 10.

2011    Associate Director of Church Relations Kit Dotson (1993; Milligan since 2010) released the names of Heritage, Milligan College’s premier a cappella ensemble, for 2011-2012: sophomore Nate Andrew, junior Carshala Davis, junior Lauren Holt, senior Kristen Love (2012), junior Tyler Luttrell, sophomore Jonathan Mehl, junior Erin Raines, and senior Brennan Tracy (2012). Campus email from Christopher “Kit” Dotson (1993), May 2, 2011

Birthdays: In 1729 Catherine II, “The Great,” of Russia in Szczecin, Poland . . .  in 1840 Theodor Herzl in Budapest, Hungary . . . in 1878 Estella James Baker Burns was born in northwest, MO. She grew up in Iowa. She was an ordained minister of the Christian Church and did evangelistic preaching and teaching in her early married life. She and her husband, James Albert Burns, head of the Bible Department of Milligan College, came to Milligan in 1946 from San Antonio, TX. The Stampede, April 25, 1950 . . . in 1895 Lorenz Hart in New York City, NY . . . in 1903 Benjamin Spock in New Haven, CT.


In 1885 Good Housekeeping appeared.

In 1890 the United States government created the Oklahoma Territory.

In 1936 Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf premiered in Moscow.

In 1938 Thornton Wilder received the Pulitzer Prize for Our Town.

In 1939 Lou “The Iron Horse” Gehrig played in his 2,130th consecutive game, establishing a Major League record.

In 1974 filming of Jaws on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, began.

In 1982 the British submarine Conqueror sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano in the Falklands War; 350 sailors died.

In 1988 Jackson Pollock’s Search sold at auction for $4,800,000.

Do you know something that happened on this day in Milligan history?  Is this the birthday of a Milligan personality?  The anniversary of a Milligan event?  If so, send it to Phi Alpha Theta at