Today in Milligan History (6/14)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 14:13 – Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.

This is Friday, June 14, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1910    The John Sevier, Bonnie Kate, and Sycamore Shoals chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled the Fort Watauga Monument on West G Street in Elizabethton, TN. United States Senator Robert Love Taylor (alumnus of Milligan College’s progenitor, the Buffalo Male and Female Institute) spoke at the ceremonies. A thousand people paid twenty-five cents apiece for the train ride from Johnson City to Elizabethton for the unveiling. Six children, all direct descendants of Overmountain Men, pulled the drapery from the 12-foot high tetrahedron. The monument marks the original site of the fort, a replica of which now stands at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Michael and Lanette Depew, Images of America: Elizabethton. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2004, p. 122; and Frank Merritt (1947), Early History of Carter County 1760-1861 (Knoxville, TN: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1950), p. 36; and Howard N. Campbell, Watauga: An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 19860, p. 310.

1928    Milligan College ex-president (served 1911-1913) Tyler E. Utterback (1863-1928) suffered a stroke and died in Louisville, KY.

2010   The sixteenth annual Greenwell-Aldridge Memorial Golf Classic to benefit Milligan College began with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Named in memory of alumni Dennis Greenwell (1957) and Duard Aldridge (1957) the tournament’s proceeds supported Milligan’s athletic programs.

2010 This was the first day on the job for Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Garland Young. Young came to Milligan College from Mt. Aloysius College in Pennsylvania. In 2013 he became academic dean of the college. Campus e-mail from Vice President for Marketing & Enrollment Management Lee Fierbaugh (1994, Milligan since 1994).

Birthdays: In 1811 author Harriet Beecher Stowe in Litchfield, CT . . . in 1820 quotation collector John Bartlett in Plymouth, MA . . . in 1906 photographer Margaret Bourke-White in New York, NY . . . in 1928 revolutionary Ernesto (“Che”) Guevara in Rosario, Argentina  . . . in 1969 Steffi Graf in Brühl, Germany.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the Stars-and-Stripes as the nation’s flag.

In 1846 the Republic of California declared its independence from Spain.

In 1928 the Republican National Nominating Convention decided upon Herbert Hoover.

In 1940 the German Wehrmacht occupied Paris.

In 1942 Walt Disney released Bambi.

In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a congressional resolution adding the phrase “under God” to the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

In 1982, after 74 days of armed confrontation, Argentina surrendered all rights to the Falkland Islands to the United Kingdom.

In 1984 the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution opposing the ordination of women.

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