Today in Milligan History (7/2)

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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 2:12-13 – 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 . . . .

This is Tuesday, July 2, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1881    Shortly after 9:20 a.m. Charles Guiteau pulled out a .44 caliber revolver and mortally wounded President James A. Garfield in the Baltimore & Potomac Train Station in Washington, DC.  Milligan College students would have known Garfield not just as President, congressman from Ohio, and erstwhile president of sister institution Hiram College; he was also a noted preacher and pamphleteer among Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, which made up the college’s historical constituency. Garfield languished, the victim of inadequate medical procedures, until his death on September 19.

1974    The Milligan College Concert Choir headed out on a marathon tour that kept them on the road – and in the air – until August 10. Tempa Lawson Bader (1974) and Tim Dillon (ΦAΘ, 1975) were among those in the choir. Chaperones for the trip were Rachael and Sherwyn Bachman (at Milligan 1967-1974), and Jerri and David Runner (Fide et Amore, Milligan since 1972). Dillon remembers singing in Anaheim, CA, for the North American Christian Convention, and then busing to Mexico City for the World Convention of Christian Churches.  When the bus driver abandoned the choir in Monterey, Mexico, the singers flew to Houston to pick up a U.S. driver and bus, but it meant missing their Brownsville, TX, date. With input from Tim Dillon, David Runner and The Stampede, April 19, 1974.

1976    Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton was on hand for the dedication of Sycamore Shoals Historical Park in Elizabethton. Frank Merritt (1947), Later History of Carter County 1865-1980 (Carter County Homecoming ’86 Project; Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986), pp. 201-202.

2012    President Bill Greer (1985, at Milligan since 1994) announced with pleasure that the 2012-2013 edition of Colleges of Distinction had once again recognized Milligan College. “This guide recognizes those institutions that demonstrate excellence in four distinctions of educational quality: Student Engagement, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes. These are qualities that truly describe a Milligan education and mesh well with our commitment to scholarship, community, and faith.”  E-mail from Bill Greer, July 2, 2012

Birthdays: In 1489 Anglican Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in Aslacton, Nottinghamshire, England . . .  in 1908 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Baltimore, MD . . .  and in 1991 Milligan College senior Peter Sale Waller.


In 1752 a Bostonian publisher brought out the first English Bible printed in America.

In 1776 the Continental Congress resolved that “these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States.”

In 1777 Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery.

In 1870 Spain announced that Leopold von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen had accepted the invitation to become the King of Spain. France reacted negatively.

In 1858 Russia partially emancipated its serfs.

In 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg entered its second day.

In 1937 Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared somewhere over the Pacific.

In 1956 Elvis Presley recorded his hits “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

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