Today in Milligan History (6/6)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 6:12-14 — A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict.

This is Thursday, June 6, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1944    D-Day.  On this day of the Allied assault on the beaches of Normandy, Milligan College was completely given over to the war effort.  Every student enrolled at Milligan since July 1, 1943, was enlisted in the United States Navy. The U. S. Navy V-12 program educated young men who were intent on becoming naval officers. Among them was Milligan alumnus and later professor Duard Walker (1948; Fide et Amore, Milligan College 1951-2001).

1955    Forty-one seniors graduated from Milligan College during ceremonies of the 74th annual commencement. The speaker was alumnus Landon Bell (1900), attorney, genealogist and author. Paul Jones, who ministered with the Church of Christ, Hillsboro, OH, delivered the baccalaureate sermon. The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 5, March-April 1955.

1964    Milligan College Bible professor William C. Gwaltney, Jr. received his Ph.D. degree from Hebrew Union College with a major in Ancient Near Eastern History, Literature, Languages and Religion and minors in Biblical Archaeology and Post-Biblical Jewish Studies. Gwaltney (Fide et Amore) taught at Milligan from 1964 until retirement in 1999. The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 14, May-June 1964


1998    Today is the wedding anniversary of Milligan Professor emerita of Human Performance and Exercise Science  Linda and Roy Doan, who married in the old sanctuary of Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City.

2003    Milligan College rising juniors Matt Fogle (2005), Grant Foster (2005), Eveleigh Hatfield (2005), Marissa Nickels (2005), and Rachel Wright (2005) all found their way to the Tower of London during their free time during the Humanities Tour. Ted Thomas (ΦΑΘ), Tour Journal, June 6, 2003

2011    Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jack Simpson (1992) announced two staffing changes. Effective June 15 Brad Frame (1996) of Louisville, KY, was to assume Simpson’s previous position as Assistant to the President for the Midwest region, working from his home in the Louisville area.  Effective July 18, Rhajon Smith (Milligan since 2008) would be promoted to Director of Development. Campus e-mail, June 6, 2011.

2012    Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Communications Lee Fierbaugh asked the Milligan College community to welcome Tommy Parker (ΦΑΘ, 2012) as the college’s Web Manager. Campus e-mail from Lee Fierbaugh, June 6, 2012

2012    Milligan College golf’s Jon-David Trueblood was named the recipient of the Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award for the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Birthdays: In 1875 German author Thomas Mann in Bremen, Germany; and Walter Percy Chrysler in Wamego, KS . . . and in 1939 Marian Wright-Edelman in Bennettsville, SC

Elsewhere . . .

In 1816 (known as “eighteenhundred-and-froze-to-death”) New England experienced a 10-inch snowfall during the “year without a summer,” a meteorological phenomenon associated with April eruptions of Mt. Tambora in present-day Indonesia.

In 1942 Japanese naval forces retreated, ending the Battle of Midway.

In 1966 civil rights activist James Meredith was shot and wounded by a sniper in Mississippi during his “Memphis to Jackson” march.

In 1968 New York Senator and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy died in Los Angeles at the hands of assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

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