Today in Milligan History, 6/22

Today in Milligan History
an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months

Good Day, Milligan! And happy anniversary to Kevin and Carrie Harkey!

Proverbs 22:16 – One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
This is Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1789 Famed French botanist Andre Michaux (1746-1802?) climbed Roan Mountain. Andre Michaux taught local residents the value of ginseng, and how to prepare it for the Chinese market, where it is prized for medical and aphrodisiacal applications. Carolyn Sakowski, Touring the East Tennessee Backroads (Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, Publisher, 1993), p. 45; and /john_muir_exhibit/life/muir_michaux_gray_roan_mtn.html

1907 David Lipscomb wrote to S. N. D. North of the United States Census Bureau, explaining that the religious movement out of which Milligan College had emerged, had splintered, and that the national census would be justified in recognizing two separate religious bodies, popularly known as “Churches of Christ” (insisting on a cappella music) and the churches known variously as “Christian Churches and Churches of Christ,” (Disciples of Christ). Milligan College is historically connected to the latter group.

1933 Dr. Toyozo Wadi Nakarai (1898-1984), later to serve as Professor of Old Testament at Emmanuel School of Religion, married Miss Frances Aileen Yorn (1904-1995), a former fellow student at Butler University. The ceremony was in Hartford, CT, conducted by Charles T. Paul. David H. Bobo, “Toyozo W. Nakarai: Curriculum Vitae,” Encounter, Vol. 26 No. 2, Spring 1965, 282.

1965 The North American Christian Convention opened in Tulsa, OK. Among the featured speakers was Milligan College professor Robert O. Fife (Fide et Amore, Milligan 1954-1975). Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), pp. 82, 89.

1974 The bell in the steeple of Oak Grove Christian Church in Elizabethton, TN, rang to announce the wedding of Carrie Enkema (1973) and Kevin Harkey (1973). Milligan College professor W. Dennis Helsabeck, Sr. (Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1963-1978) performed the ceremony.

2002 The strike against the ferry company ended and the Milligan College Humanities Tour could continue with an Adriatic crossing from Brindisi, Italy, to Patras, Greece. Jessica Carter (2004), Tour Journal, 2002.

2003 Panic! Sara Clark (2005) and Jonathan Bickle (2005) both reported their passports were missing. They were in Florence, Italy, on the Milligan College Humanities Tour. EF Tourguide Peter Chaplain found both passports on the coach. Submitted by Ted Thomas (ΦΑΘ), Tour Journal, June 22, 2003

Birthdays: In 1857 Ashley Sidney Johnson, founder of Milligan College’s sister institute, Johnson University . . . in 1858 Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, Tuscany . . . in 1907 Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Englewood, NJ . . . in 1948 “Pistol” Pete Maravich in Aliquippa, PA .

In 1342 (Shire Reckoning) Bilbo Baggins returned to his home at Bag End.
In 1772 England declared the holding of slaves in England illegal, thus manumitting ten to twelve thousand enslaved servants. The slave trade, however, continued.
In 1815, after his Waterloo defeat, Napoleon abdicated for the second time.
In 1848 the anti-slavery Barnburner Party nominated Martin Van Buren for the U. S. Presidency.
In 1868 Arkansas rejoined the United States of America.
In 1941 Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, an act of war against the Soviet Union.
In 1970 President Richard M. Nixon signed the Twenty-sixth Amendment, which lowered the voting age to eighteen.

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