Today in Milligan History

Happy birthday to Dan Lawson!


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 7:1 – “My child, keep my words and store up my commands within you.”

This is Thursday, July 7, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1920    Toyozo Wada Nakarai (1898-1983, at Emmanuel School of Religion 1965-1984) took the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Historical College of Kokugakuin University in Tokyo.  During the year 1920-21 he did graduate work in Nippon University and completed courses in Criminal Politics, General Commercial Law, and English Law.  He went on to take the Bachelor of Arts degree in Law at Butler University in 1924 and the Master of Arts degree at Butler in 1925. He did further graduate and post-graduate work at the University of Chicago, the School of Religion of the University of Michigan, Union Theological Seminary (Ν. Y.), Hebrew Union College, and New York University. In 1965 Prof. Nakarai began a second career at Emmanuel School of Religion where he taught 1965-1983.   David H. Bobo, “Toyozo W. Nakarai: Curriculum Vitae,”  Encounter,  Vol. 26 No. 2,  Spring 1965,  283-284; and

1981    The North American Christian Convention gathered in Louisville, KY, July 7-10 under the presidency of Calvin Phillips (1925-2013; president of Emmanuel School of Religion 1984-1995).  At a ceremony during the four-day conclave the Convention recognized Milligan College professor and Dean of Women Mildred Welshimer Phillips (1902-1983; at Milligan 1947-1963) and Milligan College president Dean Everest Walker (1899-1988; Fide et Amore; President of Milligan College 1950-1968; Chancellor 1968-1988; president of Emmanuel School of Religion 1965-1969), as two of “God’s Honored Servants.” Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), pp. 132,133

1995    On a day like this in 1995, and all through the summer, the Milligan College campus “looked like it had been attacked by giant moles as trenches were dug to lay the cables connecting all the buildings” to the Internet. “In at least one instance the trenches became an archeological dig. A trench next to the Science Building, in front of the Communications Building (in the far end of what we now call the Sword Commons, revealed bricks, broken glass, broken dishes, and charred wood from Mee Hall which had stood on that location and burned down on Christmas Eve 1915.”  Submitted by Clinton J. Holloway (1995).

2009    Steve Preston (Milligan 1981-2007), retired Milligan College Director of Library Services was able to walk away from the wreckage of his Coyote ultra-light aircraft after an emergency landing in a pasture in Greene County. The engine had failed in mid-flight. Preston was able to restart the engine in the air, but it failed a second time, forcing him into an emergency landing.

Birthdays: In 1887 Marc Chagall in Vitebsk, Russia . . . in 1916 John Watson Neth (1916-2006, Fide et Amore) in Cleveland, OH.  Neth served as Milligan College librarian 1953-1987 and 1965-1982 . . . in 1940 Ringo Starr in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. . .  and today is the birthday of Emmanuel Christian Seminary’s Director of Seminary Development Dan Lawson (ECS since 1988)  in Marion, IN.



In 1898 President William McKinley signed the resolution that annexed the Hawaiian Islands.

In 1923 the University of Delaware initiated what is regarded as the first “junior year abroad” program at the Sorbonne.

In 1949 Dragnet premiered on NBC-Radio.

In 1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Bill, which necessitated a forty-ninth star on the Stars and Stripes.

In 1967 the Beatles released “All You Need is Love.”


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