Today in Milligan History
an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Good day, Milligan!
Proverbs 14:15 – The simple believe every word, but the prudent give thought to their steps.
This is Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1856 Local postmaster John H. Bowman, in what is now called Johnson City, wrote a request for postal supplies to the Third Assistant Postmaster General in Washington, DC. In the header of his letter, Bowman identified himself as living in “Blue Plum, Washington Co., Tenn.” Before it was “Johnson City,” it was – at least part of it – “Blue Plum.” Howard N. Campbell, Watauga: An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986), p. 259.
1965 Twelve students from Frankfurt’s Seminar für Politik in the Federal Republic of Germany, accompanied by their faculty sponsor Dr. Fritz Krapp, were the guests of Milligan College. Dean Guy Oakes (1908-1974, Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1942-1973, academic dean 1952-1970), Prof. Donald Shaffer (Milligan 1963-2009). and Prof. W. Dennis Helsabeck, Sr. (Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1963-1968) planned the group’s activities during their visit to East Tennessee.
1976 Milligan College students on the annual Humanities tour, with Prof. Terry Dibble at the wheel of a Volkswagen van, went behind the “iron curtain” into Hungary. Valerie Lentz Wood (1978), tour journal
2006 The Johnson City Press reported that not quite eleven months after he took over as Milligan College’s head baseball coach, Bernie Young had officially announced his resignation. The paper reported that Ray Smith would return to the interim head coaching duties he performed in the middle of the 1999 season between the coaching stints of Tom Phillips and Danny Clark. Former Milligan player Nathan Meade (2005), who had served as a graduate assistant, and was managing the Tennessee Thunder in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, was to be promoted to full-time assistant. Trey Williams, Johnson City Press, July 14, 2006
Birthdays: In 1834 James Abbott McNeill Whistler in Lowell, MA . . . in 1862 Gustav Klimt in Baumgarten, Austria . . . in 1904 Isaac Bashevis Singer in Leoncin, Poland . . . in 1912 Woodrow Wilson “Woodie” Guthrie in Okemah, OK . . . in 1913 Gerald R. Ford in Omaha, NE . . . and in 1995 rising Milligan College junior Daniela Cortes.
In 1789 Parisian crowds stormed the Bastille. The French Revolution was underway.
In 1868 A. J. Fellows patented a tape measure enclosed in a circular case.
In 1965 the American Mariner IV passed within 9,800 kilometers of the surface of Mars.
In 1976 Georgia ex-governor Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination in New York City.
In 1987 Lt. Col. Oliver North concluded six days of Congressional testimony in the Iran-Contra Scandal of the Reagan administration.
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