Today in Milligan History

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months



Happy birthday to Jacob Tanner Beverly and Dakota Shane Hayes!


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 13:16 – All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

This is Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (a slow news day), and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1930    On a day like this, back in the times when students arrived at Milligan College and departed from the campus by climbing aboard the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad at the depot near Happy Valley High School – on a day like this, in fact six days a week, that is, twice a day six days a week – Milligan’s postmaster, Cad Price, would load up the college’s outgoing mail in a wheelbarrow, and walk it down to the ET&WNC depot, pick up the incoming letters and parcels, and bring them back to the campus.  The Stampede, February 10, 1950

2007    Associate Vice President for Communications Lee Fierbaugh (1994; Milligan since 1994) released the enrollment figure of 296 for Milligan College in the summer session.  Summer enrollees came from twenty states, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana being the top three.  Lee Fierbaugh in campus e-mail, July 13, 2007.

Birthdays: In 1821 Civil War Confederate Cavalry Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Chapel Hill, TN . . .  in 1886 Father Edward Flanagan, founder of Boys Town, in County Roscommon, Ireland . . . in 1913 original NBC “Today Show” host Dave Garroway in Schenectady, NY . . . in 1935 vice presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp in Los Angeles, CA  . . .  in 1942 actor Harrison Ford in Chicago, IL . . . in 1995 Milligan College rising senior Jacob Tanner Beverly . . . and in 1996 rising junior Dakota Shane Hayes.



In 1105 Bible scholar Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo ben Isaac ) died in Troyes, France.

In 1793 Charlotte Corday surprised French revolutionary rabble-rouser Jean-Paul Marat in his bath and stabbed him to death.

In 1870 Kaiser Wilhelm I sent “the Ems telegram” to Chancellor Otto von Bismarck; the Franco-Prussian war ensued.

In 1898 Guglielmo Marconi patented the radio.

In 1960 the Democratic National convention nominated Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy for the presidency.


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