Today in Milligan History (9/9)

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 9:13 – Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.

This is Monday, September 9, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1916    The Mary the Elephant Saga – Part One: Spark’s World Famous Show – a traveling circus – attached its railroad cars, one of which carried Mary the Elephant, to the Clinchfield Railroad in Saint Paul, VA, for the fateful trip to the next venue, Kingsport, TN. For the rest of Mary’s story, watch for upcoming editions of “Today in Milligan History.”

1930    The Stampede rejoiced that Milligan College was opening its 50th year with the largest student body on record. New faculty and staff on the campus that year included Dr. J. H. Edds (Psychology), Dr. W. M. McCall (Education), Mrs. Schoenenberg (German and Voice) and Miss Edith Adams, President Derthick’s secretary. The Stampede, October 1930


1960    The Francis Gary Powers Story, Part Eleven: Milligan College graduate Francis Gary Powers (1950), who had been convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for flying a U-2 reconnaissance plane over the USSR, was transferred from the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow (KGB headquarters) to Vladimir Prison about 150 miles east of Moscow. Francis Gary Powers with Curt Gentry, Operation Overflight (Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1970), pp. 203-204.


1963    Milligan began its eighty-fourth year with a dedicatory devotional service at which President Dean E. Walker addressed the faculty and conducted a communion service. Enrollment stood at 591. For the first time the college was offering majors in Christian Education and Psychology. The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 13, September-October 1963


Birthdays: In 1828 Leo Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana, Tula Province, Russia . . . in 1935 Chaim Topol in Tel Aviv, Israel  . . . in 1951 Michael Keaton in Coraopolis, PA . . . and in 1994 Milligan College sophomore Andrew Lee Martin in Johnson City, TN . . . and in 1995 freshman Caleb Andrew Hall, also in Johnson City, TN.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1817 Alexander Lucius Twilight, possibly the first African-American to graduate from an American college, took a B.A. from Middlebury College.

In 1839 John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.

In 1850 the United States of America organized the territories of New Mexico and Utah.

In 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

In 1971 John Lennon released “Imagine.”


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