Today in Milligan History, 4/24

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 24:15-16 –  Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place; for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

This is Friday, April 24, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1954    Sixty-one (!) years ago today professor emeritus of sociology Robert Hall (Fide et Amore; at Milligan 1967-1994) and Velma Jones Hall (Fide et Amore) married in Scottsburg, IN.

1997    Milligan College held a retirement banquet for its president of fifteen years, Marshall Leggett (1951; president 1982-1997; Fide et Amore). Marshall and Jean Fritts (1953, Fide et Amore) Leggett had come to Milligan after a ministry at Broadway Christian Church in Lexington, KY.  Leggett’s retirement was officially June 30, 1997. Leggett’s presidency followed that of Jess Johnson (served 1968-1982); his successor was Donald R. Jeanes (1968; Fide et Amore, ΦAΘ, college president 1997-2011).

2006    At a lunch hour meeting over which President Jessica Schiwitz (ΦAΘ, 2006) presided, Milligan College’s Alpha Iota Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta the national history honor society elected new officers for the coming academic year. They were Kate Oechler (ΦAΘ, 2007) president; Jamie Rowe (ΦAΘ, 2007) vice president; and Luke Rogers (ΦAΘ, 2007) secretary-treasurer.

2012    Milligan College’s Women’s Golf Team, in just its second year of competition,  punched the ticket to the 2012 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship by winning the NAIA Direct Qualifier in Greeneville, TN. Brittany Branker led the way as she captured medalist honors in the event.

2014   Phi Alpha Thetan Anneke Snyder (ΦΑΘ, 2014) especially distinguished herself by making four trips to the front of the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Memorial Chapel during the annual awards convo.  Snyder received the English Award, the History Award, the Board of Trustees/Advisors Award as outstanding academic student, and inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Awards that went to other Phi Alpha Thetans were the Earl L. Stuckenbruck (Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1951 to 1952, 1968 – 1983) award for Excellence in Greek to Kaitlyn B. Harville (ΦΑΘ, 2014); the Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award as well as the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project Award to Elizabeth Gentry (ΦΑΘ, 2014).      

Birthdays: In 1769 Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, in Dublin (though some authorities say it was in Trim, County Meath, Ireland)  . . . in 1856 Philippe Henri Pétain in Cauchy-a-al-Tour, Pas de Calais, France . . .  in 1904 Willem de Kooning in Rotterdam, The Netherlands . . .  in 1905 Robert Penn Warren in Guthrie, KY . . . in 1931 Bridget Riley in London, England . . . in 1994 Milligan College junior Lukas Dwayne Williams . . in 1995 sophomore Mattie Rose Milliken in Seoul, South Korea  . . . and in 1996 freshman Theodore James Hesterman.



In A.D. 387 Ambrose of Milan baptized Augustine of Hippo.

In 1861 the Nashville Union and American reported that when the train carrying Senator Andrew Johnson back home to Greeneville, TN, stopped in Bristol on the Virginia-Tennessee line, a mob threatened his life until Jefferson Davis, newly elected president of the Confederate States of America, intervened, not eager to see Tennessee’s most famous Unionist become a martyr.  The train went on to Jonesboro, and reached Greeneville without further incident. Hans L. Trefousse, Andrew Johnson: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989, p. 140.

In 1871 Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida premiered in Cairo, Egypt.

In 1898 Spain, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba, declared war on the United States of America.

In 1915 the German army released chloroform gas against Allied troops in Ieper.

In 1916 “a terrible beauty was born” in the Irish Easter rebellion against the British.

In 1927 Jimmie Rodgers, who would one day enjoy billing as “The Singing Brakeman,” “The Blue Yodeler,” and “Father of Country Music,” came to Johnson City, TN, for the first time to sing for the 52nd District Rotary Clubs’ annual convention. Jimmy Rodgers would later become the first nationally known star of country music.  From “Bob Cox’s Yesteryear” at

In 1950 Peter Pan opened at the Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances.

In 1953 Queen Elizabeth II knighted “Sir Winston Churchill.”

In 1990 East and West Germany agreed they would merge their economies on July 1.


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