Today in Milligan History, 6.30.16

Today in Milligan History

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Happy birthday to Anna Marie Densford!


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 30:15b-16 – “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’

This is Thursday, June 30, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1934    Even though students could still flag a train and catch a ride on the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, by June 30, 1934 the ET&WNC abandoned the little structure that bore the name “Milligan College,” where students and other passengers could take shelter from sun and rain. The small building, 14’6” x 10’6”, had a medium-pitch ranch-style roof, an open front, and three walls, originally of board and batten siding. Horizontal planking had replaced the siding in 1917. Johnny Graybeal, Along the ET&WNC. Volume III: The Depots (Hickory, NC: Tarheel Press, 2002), pp. 30-32.

1945    The US Navy V-12 Program on the campus of Milligan College officially came to a close. It had started July 1, 1943 when US Navy sailors, intent on getting a college degree so they could qualify as naval officers, replaced all civilian students. Milligan saw 658 trainees pass through the program during its twenty-four month lifetime, one of whom was long-time faculty member Duard Walker (1948, Fide et Amore, Milligan 1948-1951). Clinton Jack Holloway (1995), Age Deo Fide et Amore: A History of Milligan College 1940-1966. (Unpublished thesis, Emmanuel School of Religion, 1998), p. 17.

1960    The Francis Gary Powers Story – Part Eight: Milligan alumnus Francis Gary Powers (1950) learned that his interminable interrogations in Lubyanka Prison, headquarters of the KGB, in Moscow, were over. Powers had piloted the U-2 spy plane which the Soviets had shot down on May 1. Francis Gary Powers with Curt Gentry, Operation Overflight (Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1970), p. 146.

1997    Milligan College’s thirteenth president, Marshall Leggett (1951, Fide et Amore, president 1982-1997) faced his last day on the job. After fifteen years at the helm, Leggett passed the leadership of Milligan College on to Donald R. Jeanes (Fide et Amore, ΦΑΘ, 1968, president 1997-2011). It was the first time in the college’s history that the presidency had passed from one alumnus to another.

2006    Milligan College and Standard Publishing Company recognized nine National Leaders in Christian Service at the North American Christian Convention in Louisville, KY. Those honored were Tommy Greer, Johnson City, TN; H. David Hale, Louisville, KY; Troy Hammond (1989), Pittsburgh, PA; Jim Hensely, Bristol, TN; Ellen Myatt, Blountville, TN; Virgil and Carol Plymale, Columbus, OH; and Mark Webb (1972), Bristol, TN.

2014    Milligan College Vice President for Business and Finance Jacqui Steadman (Milligan since 2005) announced two new appointments in the Office of Student Financial Services: Kimberly Harness and Heather Turbyfill.

2015 – One year ago today Associate Professor of Biology Brian Eisenback (Milligan since 2014), his wife Ashley, and their daughter Madeline welcomed a new member of the family, Emma Lane Eisenback, at 6:20 a.m.

Birthdays: In 1685 Beggar’s Opera librettist John Gay in Barnstaple, England . . . in 1768 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, our fifth First Lady, in New York, NY . . . in 1917 Buddy Rich in Brooklyn, NY; and in the same year, Lena Horne, also in Brooklyn . . . in 1925 Dr. Bill Lillard, who attended Milligan College during the U.S. Navy V-12 years. Lillard served in WWII, and went on to take a PhD from the University of Oklahoma, and later become President of the University of Central Oklahoma (previously Central State University) 1975-1992.  . . . and in 1997 Milligan College rising sophomore Anna Marie Densford.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1780 Benjamin Randall organized a fellowship of churches known as Free Will Baptists in New Hampshire. It became one of the early branches of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, which formed in 1935.

In 1834 Congress created the Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma.

In 1900 the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy awarded a pharmacist’s license to Harry Burgie of Elizabethton, TN. Burgie Drugs had operated without a license when the drug store first opened in 1892. Tennessee law did not require licensure. Michael and Lanette Depew, Images of America: Elizabethton. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2004, pp. 29-31

In 1908 the Tunguska Event transpired in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Central Siberia – a massive giant explosion and fireball, caused perhaps by the air burst of a meteor or comet fragment several kilometers across – although scientists still debate the cause of the devastation.

In 1914 British officials arrested Mohandes Gandhi for the first of numerous violations as he campaigned for Indian independence.

In 1934, with the “Night of the Long Knives,” Adolf Hitler ordered the murder of more than one hundred political opponents and rivals.

In 1960 The Belgian Congo gained its independence and renamed itself Zaire.

In 1971, when Ohio, as the thirty-eighth state, approved the Twenty-sixth Amendment, it became law.  The amendment lowered the national voting age to eighteen.

In 1972 June 30 lasted one second longer than ever before. It was the first “leap second.”  Other June leap seconds followed in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997. Similar adjustments have been made fifteen times on December 31.


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