Today in Milligan History, 4/10

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 10:15 – The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

This is Friday, April 10, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1925    At a Friday Evening event the Milligan College Debate Team participated in an intercollegiate debate against Bluefield College (West Virginia) on the following issue: “That Congress should be empowered to override by a two-thirds vote decisions of the Supreme Court which declares acts of Congress unconstitutional.” Milligan had the affirmative; Bluefield the negative. Submitted by Clinton J. Holloway (1995), from an Event Program from Bluefield College.

1948    Milligan College’s men’s track team narrowly defeated State College (now ETSU) in a 62-60 thriller.  Milligan’s Bob Elliott (1949) led the Buffaloes with 18 points, winning the high jump, the shot put and the 220 yard dash.  Ray Pope and Clifford Wells (1950) finished first and second in the high hurdles. The Stampede, April 15, 1948. Submitted by ΦAΘ Luke Rogers.

1970    United States Senator Howard Baker spoke in Lower Seeger at 2:15 p.m. Baker was in his first term as the junior senator from Tennessee, the first Republican ever elected to the Senate from Tennessee by popular vote. The Stampede, April 10, 1970, pp. 1,3

2007    On the Tuesday on which Milligan students returned from their Easter Break, they found pedestrian access to the new, dramatic double cascade of stairs connecting the Sword Commons with Blowers Boulevard. Over the break workmen had completed the concrete finishing work and the landscaping. The stairway was part of the major construction project involving the Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Humanities.

2008    At a banquet in the McCormick Dining Center Milligan faculty, administration, and staff honored the contributions that retiring professors Gary Wallace, biology (Fide et Amore, Milligan 1967-1968, 1971-2008) and Julia Wade, biology (Milligan 1984-2008) had made to the college.

2008    Milligan College President emeritus Jess W. Johnson passed away at age 90. President Johnson was Milligan’s twelfth president, serving from 1966-1981. He held the M.Div. from Butler School of Religion (now Christian Theological Seminary). He had ministered with churches in Oregon and Tennessee. The Baker Faculty Office Center (FOB), Science Building, Little Hartland, and the Steve Lacy Fieldhouse were all built during his presidency. He also initiated the tradition of Wonderful Wednesday. President Johnson was active on several civic and religious organizations. He was instrumental in the founding of Appalachian Christian Village and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. In recent years, he served as minister to Seniors at the Downtown Christian Church.   Submitted by Donald R. Jeanes (1968, Fide et Amore, ΦΑΘ).

Birthdays: In 1827 General Lew Wallace in Brookville, IN . . . in 1829 William Booth in Nottingham, England . . .  in 1882 Francis Perkins in Boston, MA . . . in 1994 Milligan College juniors Caitlin Brooke Bailey in Johnson City, TN  and Laura Elizabeth Haun in Knoxville, TN . . . and in 1995 sophomores Jacob Robert Bartlett in Pamona, NJ, and Joshua Aaron Mosteller.


In 1516 Venice compelled its Jews to move into a consolidated area of the city that came to be known in Italian as the ghetto.

In 1864 Austrian Archduke Maximilian became Emperor of Mexico.

In 1865 Gen. Robert E. Lee issued his last orders as General of the Army of the Confederate States of America.

In 1940 Vidkun Quisling formed a Nazi-collaborationist government in Norway.

In 1945 U.S. Armed forces liberated the prison camp at Buchenwald, Germany.

In 1946 Japan, emerging from World War II, held elections for its first Diet.

In 1955 Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tested a polio vaccine.

In 1970 the Russian Orthodox Church headquartered in Syosset, NY, granted autocephalic independence to the Russian Orthodox Church in America.


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