Today in Milligan History 8/22

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 22:14 – The mouth of an adulterer is a deep pit; a person who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

This is Friday, August 22, 2014, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1881    The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad – affectionately known as the “Tweetsie” — opened for business between Johnson City and Hampton, TN. The route took the railway within half a mile of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, which had just recently taken a new name: Milligan College. Johnny Graybeal, Along the ET&WNC. Volume III: The Depots (Hickory, NC: Tarheel Press, 2002), pp. 9, 29, 31, 32.


1954    The Barter Theater, Abingdon, VA, brought a touring production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the Milligan College campus. The production, utilizing minimalist scenery, received high praise from the campus audience. The Stampede, September 13, 1954. Submitted by ΦAΘ Ginger Dillon (ΦAΘ, 2002).

2012    Seven new faculty members met their Milligan College  classes for the first time.  New to the full-time teaching faculty in 2012 were Assistant Professor of English and Humanities Dr. Michael Blouin; Assistant Professor of Business Administration Dr. Timothy Carter; Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Amy Edmonds; Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science Junia Gindlesperger; Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology Dr. Rebecca Sapp;  Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology Dr. Christina Schnyders;  and Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Amy Swango-Wilson.

Birthdays: In 1862 Claude Debussy in St. Germaine-en-Laye, France . . . in 1934 Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in Trenton, NJ . . . and in 1941 NFL coach Bill Parcells in Englewood, NJ.  Can it really be that not one Milligan College personality has a birthday today?  Phi Alpha Theta is dependent on tips from readers about when their friends have birthdays and anniversaries.  For the record, Phi Alpha Theta’s birthday calendar is empty on August 27 and August 29.  Who can help fill it up?

Elsewhere . . .

In 1642 civil war broke out in England between Parliament and Royalists.

In 1715 George Frederick Händel’s “Water Music” premiered on the Thames.

In 1814 British troops were swarming through Washington, DC, threatening the capitol building and the president’s executive mansion.

In 1846 the United States of America annexed New Mexico.

In 1864 the International Red Cross was formed.

In 1956 the Republican Party nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon for second terms as President and Vice-President.

In 1973 Henry Kissinger succeeded William Rogers as United States Secretary of State. 

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