Today in Milligan History (2/27)

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 27:14 – If people loudly bless their neighbors early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.

This is Thursday, February 27, 2014, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1876    The Milligan College Archive holds a letter written by J. W. McGarvey and W. B. Emmal of the Broadway Christian Church in Lexington, KY, addressed to Josephus Hopwood of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute. The letter, dated December 26, 1875, regards the transfer of Hopwood’s church membership from the Broadway Church to a local body in East Tennessee.  A note on the back of the letter indicates that “the Church at Buffalo” accepted Hopwood February 27, 1876. The “Church at Buffalo” would be our present-day Hopwood Memorial Christian Church. Hopwood served as Milligan College president 1875-1903 and 1915-1917. Submitted by former Director of Library Services Steve Preston (Milligan 1981-2007).


1934    With a basketball victory over Carson-Newman, the Milligan College Buffaloes won their sixth consecutive Smokey Mountain Conference championship under the coaching of Dean Coach ‘Doc’ C. M. Eyler. The Stampede, March 2, 1934


1962    Eleven “supposed scholars” [That’s what Fed Norris (1962) called them.] traveled from Milligan College to Tulsa, OK, for the Third Consultation on Unity of the Christian Churches. Among Milligan’s representatives there were Bob Harmon (1965) and Ken Kincaid in one car; Mr. Newton, John Starr (1962), Dick True (1962) in another car; and Don Daum (1965), Bill Morrison, Norris,  Len Smith (1965), Dave Stuecher (1963) and “Dabney the Devout” [Norris’s language] in a 1954 Chevy.   Among those who spoke at the conference were Milligan President Dean E. Walker (1899-1988; President 1950-1968; Chancellor 1968-1988) and Prof. Robert O. Fife (at Milligan 1954-1975). The Stampede, March 16, 1962, pp. 1,3.


1970    The Stampede headline announced “Schedule Change in ’70-’71.” Under the leadership of Dean C. Robert Wetzel (Milligan 1961-1980 and since 2009) Milligan College adopted the basic academic calendar it now uses. Classes for the Fall semester of 1970 were to begin August 27, and the semester would end December 18.  On January 14, 1971, the new Spring semester would begin, and would end with commencement on May 17.  Previously the Fall semester had started in September, had bridged the Christmas break, and students had come back to classes after what Wetzel called the “lame duck” period to face classes and final exams again at the end of January.  Milligan’s calendar change coincided with a nation-wide trend in the same direction.  The Stampede, February 27, 1970, p. 1.


2010    The $1600 question on Jeopardy for a category titled  “Spy vs. Spy” read, “In exchange for Russian spy Rudolf Abel, this U.S. pilot was released by the Soviets in 1962.”  Amber Saferight Thomas (2006, ΦΑΘ) was watching, and was able to blurt out the proper response, “Who was Francis Gary Powers?”  Powers was a 1950 graduate (major in biology) of Milligan College.  To see the questions used on “Jeopardy” that day, go to )  Submitted by Amber Saferight Thomas (ΦΑΘ, 2006).


Birthdays: In A.D. 280 Constantine the Great in Nis, Serbia . . .in 1897 Marian Anderson in Philadelphia, PA . . . in 1902 John Steinbeck in Salinas, CA . . . Milligan College Professor of Sociology and Chair of Social Learning Susan Higgins (Milligan since 1977) and Milligan retired Professor of Psychology Bertram S. Allen (1967; at Milligan 1979-2012) . . .  in 1992 Milligan College senior Caleb B. Friddell in Chattanooga, TN . . . and in 1995 freshman Noah James Evans.



In 1919 Gustav Holst premiered The Planets.

In 1933 the Reichstag Building in Berlin burned.

In 1938 the United Kingdom and France recognized the Falangist government of Francisco Franco in Madrid.

In 1949 Russian-British chemist Chaim Weizmann became the first President of Israel.

In 1951 the states ratified the Twenty-Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which limits a President to two terms.

In 1965 Malcolm X was buried outside Hartsdale, NY.

In 1991 at 9:00 p.m. EST, U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush announced the end of “Operation Desert Storm,” the Gulf War, just 100 hours after ground operations had begun.


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