Today in Milligan History, 7/16

Today in Milligan History
an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
appearing sporadically during the summer months

Good day, Milligan!
Proverbs 16:15 – When a king’s face brightens, it means life: his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
This is Thursday, July 16, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1889 Josephus (1843-1935) and Sarah Eleanor LaRue Hopwood (1846-1935) were preparing for a trip to Kentucky to visit family and perhaps to recruit students for the upcoming semester. Letter to Josephus Hopwood from J. Byron LaRue, dated July 15, 1889. Found in the Hopwood Correspondence Collection at the Milligan College Archives.

1943 On a day like this when the Navy V-12 Program had complete run of the Milligan College campus, math professor Sam Hyder would stand at the blackboard, and scrawl out equations with his right hand, and erase his work almost as quickly with his left. When he got to the answer, he would write “QED” on the board, snap the piece of chalk in two, and toss it out the window. That was his standard operating procedure, a signature to the way he did his professorial work. It became legendary, even within a semester. “What does ‘QED’ mean, professor?” someone would finally ask. Hyder’s droll answer: “Quite Easily Done.” [Pace, esteemed Latinists! It was a little joke. Professor Hyder knew as well as we all know, that QED is classic mathematical and philosophical shorthand for quod erat demonstrandum, which means “that which was to be demonstrated.”] Time passed. One day, during those World War II years when Milligan College had been given over completely to the United States Navy’s V-12 program – training young men to be naval officers – a student sailor was writing at the board, working on a difficult equation. When he finally arrived at what he hoped was the right answer, he wrote “PDH” on the board, snapped his chalk in two, and tossed the pieces out the window. “What is that supposed to mean?” asked his Navy buddies. He replied in legendary sailor argot: “Pretty D— Hard!” Related at the reunion of V-12 alumni at the home of Bob and Nancy Hart, Piney Flats, TN, July 15, 2010.

1976 Valerie Lentz Wood (1978) records in her scrapbook of the Humanities Tour that she, along with seven other Milligan College students and Prof. Terry Dibble (Milligan 1972-2001), made the border crossing from Yugoslavia into Greece: a new time zone, a new language, and a new currency.

2009 The footprint of the emerging Gilliam Wellness Center became visible as engineers from Burleson Construction Company poured the footings for the new building.

2013 Milligan College Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Lee Fierbaugh (1994; Milligan since 1994) released the summer enrollment figures: 346 individuals, a full-time-enrollment equivalent of 195.5, the best figure in a decade. E-mail from Lee Fierbaugh, July 16, 2013.

Birthdays: In 1723 portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds in Plympton, Devonshire, England . . . in 1821 Mary Baker Eddy in Bow, NH . . . in 1887 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in Pickens County, SC . . . in 1907 Orville Redenbacher in Brazil, IN . . . and in 1990 Milligan College alumnus Samantha Dawn Jelleyman and in 1995 Milligan College rising sophomore Ryan Christopher Kitchen in Williamsport, PA.

In 1769 Father Junipero Serra founded the San Diego de Alcala mission — the first permanent Spanish settlement in California.
In 1790 the United States Congress established the District of Columbia.
In 1945 the first atomic bomb exploded at the Trinity test site, Alamogordo, NM.
In 1969 NASA launched Apollo 11, carrying the first men to land on the Moon.
In 1980 the Republican Party nominated Ronald Reagan for the United States Presidency.

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