Today in Milligan History (6/17)

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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 17:13 – Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.

This is Monday, June 17, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1785    North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell wrote to John Sevier (1745-1815) that he – and North Carolina – could not recognize the independence of the State of Franklin.  East Tennessee, including what is now Carter County, in which Milligan College is located, had seceded from North Carolina and proclaimed itself an independent country, hoping to become the fourteenth state of the United States of America. James R. Gilmore, John Sevier as a Commonwealth Builder (Appleton, 1887), reprinted by Overmountain Press (Johnson City, TN), 1997, pp. 53-54.

1861    Delegates from almost every East Tennessee county met for the Union Convention in Greeneville, TN, one last time, and passed resolutions declaring secession illegal, and petitioning for the creation of a separate state, East Tennessee. Confederate troops under General Felix Zollicoffer broke up the meeting. Andrew Johnson, who had served as meeting chair, and others fled to Cincinnati, OH, to reconvene two days later. Zollicoffer’s army soon occupied the entire area of East Tennessee, which could not organize itself as a separate entity. Hans L. Trefousse, Andrew Johnson: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989, pp. 143; and Joseph T. Fuhrman, The Life and Times of Tusculum College (Greeneville, TN: Tusculum College, 1986), p. 60..

1940    The North American Christian Convention gathered in Indianapolis, IN June 17-21. Among those who addressed the convention was Dean E. Walker (1899-1988; Fide et Amore; President 1950-1968; Chancellor 1968-1988). Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), p. 55

1943    A P-39 Bell Airacobra pursuit plane en route from Charlotte, NC, to Knoxville, TN, armed with four machine guns and a single canon, crashed on Coffee Ridge in nearby Unicoi County with 200 feet of the home of Jasper Willis. The pilot, a certain Lt. McKinsey, parachuted to safety, though he broke his arm in the event. From Bob Cox’s “Yesteryear,” Johnson City Press, Monday, May 22, 2006, p. 4A.

2007    Selina Call (2009) and Matt Haas (2009) won the door prizes at the ceramics factory just outside Assisi, Italy on the Humanities Tour. Selina Call, Humanities Tour Journal, 2007

2009    Milligan College retired Professor Charles Chartier passed away in Denver, CO. Professor Chartier had served as the dean of legal studies at Milligan 1990-1995, and according to a family friend, felt that his time at Milligan was the “perfect culmination of a successful career.” Campus e-mail from Leigh Fierbaugh, 26 June 2009

Birthdays: In 1703 John Wesley in Epworth, England . . . in 1818 Charles Gounod in Paris, France . . . in 1871 James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, FL . . . in 1946 Barry Manilow in New York City, NY.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1775 Massachusetts militiamen faced British troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In 1789 the Third Estate in France declared itself a National Assembly.

In 1885 the component parts of the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City  aboard the French ship Isere.

In 1940 France surrendered to Germany in World War II.

In 1960 Ted Williams hit his five-hundredth home run

In 1982, in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, U. S. President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”

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