Today in Milligan History, 6/25

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 25:15 – Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

This is Thursday, June 25, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1884    H. Smith of the Bristol News wrote a letter to founder Josephus Hopwood asking that a faculty page be sent for the newspaper as soon as possible. Letter from H. Smith to Josephus Hopwood dated June 25, 1884. Found in the Hopwood Correspondence collection, Milligan College Archives and Special Collections.

1967    As part of the Second Annual Unity Forum, “Renewal through Recovery,” held on the campus of Milligan College, representatives the three segments of the American Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, which at the time were bitterly divided, gathered for a common worship service and celebration of the Lord’s Supper at 11:00 a.m Unity Forum invitation in the collection of Clinton J. Holloway (1995).

1996    News reached Milligan College that Mary B. Montgomery Lewis, the wife of Milligan College President Dr. Elmer Lewis (1896-1984; served 1948-1950) passed away in Monessen, PA.

1999    The National Civic League, sitting in Philadelphia, PA, listened to citizens from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia describe why the Tri-Cities area (Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol) was a good place to live and work.  Their arguments were sufficiently persuasive. Since 1999 “Tri-Cities TN/VA” – a geographic area that his home to over 650,000 people — has carried the title “All American City.

2012    Interim Academic Dean Garland Young announced the results of a nationwide search.  Dr. Amy Edmonds had accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Milligan College.  Dr. Edmonds had already been teaching at Milligan for two years in an adjunct capacity.  E-mail from Garland Young, Jun e 25, 2012.

2012    Milligan College Vice President for Business and Finance Jacqui R. Steadman invited the Milligan community to welcome Penny Gindlesperger (2012) to the Office of Student Financial Services. E-mail from Jacqui Steadman, June 25, 2012.

Birthdays: In 1903 Eric Arthur Blair ( pen name: George Orwell) in Motiharia, Bihar, Bengal, Presidency, British India . . . in 1905 Jean Paul Sartre in Paris, France . . . in 1945 Carly Simon in New York City, NY. . . and in 1991 Milligan College alumni Russel Loy BaxterMcKenzie Nicole Eggers, and Gregory Lyons Gibson.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1868 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina all rejoined the United States of America.

In 1938 the federal government set the minimum wage at forty cents per hour.

In 1951 CBS-TV began the first color broadcast, beaming the Arthur Godfrey Show from New York to four other cities.

In 1966 The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” went to the top of the charts and stayed there for two weeks.

In 1991 Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia.

In 1993 Kim Campbell is sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

In 1996 “Independence Day” directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California.

In 2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.

In 2014 The US Supreme Court rules that police cannot examine the digital contents of a cell phone without a court order.


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