Today in Milligan History (5/9)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 9:13 – Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.

This is Thursday, May 9, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1901    The rain started falling and fell all night in East Tennessee. The Holston River overflowed its banks. Homer Smith was in Kingsport: “I could see the tops of houses above the water, and the river was sweeping rapidly entirely over Long Island  . . . The railroad bridge at Watauga, TN, was washed away. . .  .“ Homer Smith, Memoirs of Homer H. Smith (Blountville, 1948), p. 95.

1942    James Barker Lyon delivered a speech entitled “Buffalo Institute,” and presented to Milligan College a portrait of Wilson Gilvan Barker (1830-1905), who had led the Institute prior to the arrival of Josephus and Sarah Eleanor LaRue Hopwood. 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

1953    King and Queen for the annual May Day program at Milligan College were Wallace Johnson and Elizabeth Still (1953). The Stampede, May 26, 1953

1998    Joe Wise (1992) and Karen Nuernberger (1992) got engaged at the Hopwood Stump.

2006    All-American cross country and track athlete Megan Lease (2006) of Camden, N.C., received the NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champion of Character award from Region XII. Lease personified the NAIA’s Champion of Character core values of sportsmanship, responsibility, respect, integrity and service leadership. Over four years as a Dean’s-List student-athlete at Milligan College, majoring in history, Lease visited the residents at Appalachian Christian Village,  coordinated service projects with the track and cross country teams to beautify the campus, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. “Megan’s ability to include the NAIA Core Values in her daily routine is the reason she’s been so successful on and off the field of play,” said Milligan head cross country and track coach Chris Layne. “She makes a genuine commitment to each and every task she approaches and does not let up until she has reached her goal.” Milligan College News Release, May 9, 2006.

2006    Milligan College head women’s basketball and men’s tennis coach Dr. Rich Aubrey (1985) received NAIA Region XII Coach of Character award for personifying the NAIA’s Champion of Character core values of sportsmanship, responsibility, respect, integrity and service leadership through his coaching career at Milligan.  Aubrey had coached women’s basketball since 1993, compiling a 243-178 record, three Coach of the Year awards, and four NAIA national tournament appearances with the Lady Buffs.

Birthdays: In 1873 Howard Carter, the discoverer of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb, in Kensington, London, England . . . and in 1907 Baldur von Schirach, head of all German youth during the German Third Reich, in Weimar, Germany . . . in 1946 Candice Bergen in Beverly Hills, CA . . . and in 1949 singer Billy Joel in Hicksville, Long Island, NY.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1754 Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette published the earliest known pictorial depiction of the call for union of the British colonies: a snake divided into eight parts under the caption, “Join or Die.”

In 1913 the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provided for the popular election of senators.

In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day

In 1950 French foreign minister Robert Schuman announced plans for the eventual unification of all European states.

In 1965 the Beatles attended a Bob Dylan concert.

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