Today in Milligan History
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Proverbs 13:15 – Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
This is Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1858 Subscribers to The Millennial Harbinger read co-editor Robert Milligan’s acknowledgment of Bethany College’s receipt of fifty-five volumes from Elder G. W. Elly of Lexington, KY. The gift was meant to supply books for the library which had been destroyed in a fire of December the previous year. Milligan, in addition to being a co-editor of the Millennial Harbinger, taught mathematics and astronomy at Bethany College. Robert Milligan, “Books,” The Millennial Harbinger. Fifth Series, Vol. I, No. V, May 1858.
1884 Josephus Hopwood (1843-1935; president 1881–1903, 1915-1917), described the teary-eyed leave-taking that took place at the train depot as classmates at Milligan College said good-by to each other. “When train-time drew near a large procession of students and friends went to the depot and when the steam whistle called the time for good-bye’s, many eyes were bathed in tears that were used only to smiles.” The Milligan Mentor, Vol. II, No. 1 (published in Cave Spring, TN), June 1884. J. Hopwood, Editor and Publisher.
1918 Isabelle (Belle) Reed Milligan Coleman, daughter of Robert Milligan, died in Lexington, KY. Clinton J. Holloway (1995) , He Still Speaks: A Literary Biography of Robert Milligan (Privately published; a joint project of Clinton J. Holloway and Milligan College, 2014) 117.
1954 The students of Milligan College elected Johnny Byrd (1955) of Galax, VA, to be the Student Body President for 1954-1955. Omer Hamlin, Jr. (1955) of Tellesboro, KY, was elected vice-president. The Stampede, May 28, 1954, p.1.
1956 The Francis Gary Powers Story – Part Two: Milligan alumnus Francis Gary Powers (1950) resigned from the United States Air Force and purportedly became a civilian employee of the Defense Department; in fact, he was working for the CIA. Powers was involved in the U-2 incident of the Eisenhower administration. Missiles fired by the Soviet Union shot Power’s plane out of the sky while he was piloting a photo-reconnaissance run over the U.S.S.R. on May 1, 1960.
1960 Jim Lura (1961), President, and Dick True (1961), Vice President, received the gowns of their offices as leaders of the Milligan College 1960-1961 Student Council. Sheila Ottinger (1961) represented the Women’s Dormitory Council; Tom Starnes (1961) would speak for the Men’s Dormitory Council; Eddie Fine (1961) would represent commuting students. Gary Burroughs (1963), Judy Giles (1963) and Dean Taylor (1963) represented to sophomore class; Jim Frasure (1962), Norma Faye Baker ( 1962), and Terry Black (1962) would represent the juniors; Ben Crandall (1961), Joanne Hines (1961) and Ray Rensi (1961) the seniors. The Stampede, May 27, 1960.
Birthdays: In 1717 Maria Theresa Empress of Austria in Vienna, Austria . . . in 1792 Giovanni-Maria Mastai-Ferretti who served as Pope Pius IX, “Pio Nono”, 1846-78, in Senigallia, Italy . . in 1842 Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan in London, England . . . in 1992 Milligan College graduate student Emily Elizabeth May in Johnson City, TN . . . in 1994 rising senior Samantha Marie Lilley in Indianapolis, IN . . .
. . . rising junior Brooke Elizabeth Jackson in 1995 in Peru, IL . . . and in 1996 rising sophomore Hunter Cole Suggs.
Elsewhere . . .
In 1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola.
In 1665 Rhode Island passed a statute offering citizenship irrespective of religious faith, effectively enfranchising the colony’s Jews.
In 1830 the Republic of Ecuador took its place on the world stage.
In 1846, after two months of fighting, the United States declared war on Mexico.
In 1940 Winston Churchill delivered his “blood, toil, tears and sweat” speech.
In 1981 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II.
In 1989 approximately 2,000 students began a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.
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