Today in Milligan History (7/3)

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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 3:13 – Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,

This is Friday, July 3, 2009, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1869    The first Baptist Church of Johnson City – to be known as Central Baptist Church in 1910 — was established. The congregation laid the cornerstone for its building at 300 North Roan Street in 1912. City of Johnson City Community Relations Department, “An Historic Tour of Johnson City, Tennessee,” second edition, May 2006.

1882    The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad finally linked Johnson City, TN with Cranberry, NC, missing the construction-completion target by just two days. Depots stood at Johnson City, Elizabethton, Hampton, Roan Mountain, Shell Creek, and Cranberry. By 1896 a small depot, a “flag stop,” stood near Milligan College. Johnny Graybeal, Along the ET&WNC. Volume III: The Depots (Hickory, NC: Tarheel Press, 2002), pp. 8, 31, 29, 32

1992    Milligan College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jack Simpson (1994) and Beth Zimmerman (1992) married in Indianapolis, IN.

Birthdays: In 1738 John Singleton Copley in Boston, MA . . . in 1883 Czech author Franz Kafka in Prague . . . in 1937 playwright Tom Stoppard in Zlin, Czechoslovakia . . . and in 1992 Milligan College senior Grace Christine Shawley in Pineville, NC.


In 1775 George Washington took command of the Continental Army in Cambridge, MA.

In 1848 the Danish West Indies emancipated its slaves.

In 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg ended with a victory for the Union forces.

In 1939 New York Yankee Lou Gehrig gave his “I’m the luckiest man in the world” speech.

In 1989 the United States Supreme Court ruled that states do not have to provide funds for abortions.

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