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Timeline

Major Rueben Webster Millsaps
1890
Major Rueben Webster Millsaps founds College with
a personal gift of $50,000.
Golf Course
1901
Millsaps builds the first golf course in Mississippi.
Mary Letitia Holman
1902
Mary Letitia Holloman becomes the first woman to graduate from Millsaps College.
Sing-Ung Zung
1908
Sing-Ung Zung, of Soochow,
China, becomes the first
international student to graduate from Millsaps.
       
Old Main Burning
1914

Old Main, one of the first buildings on the Millsaps campus built in 1892, burns and is replaced by Murrah Hall.
Major Millsaps Tomb
1916
Major Millsaps dies and is buried on campus.
Gas Well
1931
A gas well is erected to heat the campus and save money. The heat is thermostatically controlled, a very advanced technique for the time.
Millsaps vs Mississippi A&M
1931
The first night football game in Mississippi is played on the Millsaps campus between the Majors and Mississippi A&M (Mississippi
State University).
       
Elbert Wallace
1941
The first bachelor of arts degree for economics is issued to Elbert Wallace.
V-12
1943
184 Marines and 196 Navy sailors move on to campus to begin the V-12 program.
Louis H. Wilson
1944
Louis H. Wilson ('41), future commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, receives the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Millsaps Fight Song
1948
The Millsaps fight song is sung for the first time, during a football game between the Majors and the Mississippi College Choctaws.
     
Pinky, movie based on the book Quality
1949
"Pinky," a movie based on the book Quality by Millsaps alum Cid Ricketts Sumner ('09), is made by controversial director Elia Kazan. The movie receives three Oscar nominations.
Dr. Homer Ellis Finger, Jr.
1952
Dr. Homer Ellis Finger, Jr. becomes the first alumnus to be named president of the College.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
1953
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis judge a Millsaps College beauty contest.
20th Century Fox
1957
Millsaps is selected as a hunting ground for new talent by 20th Century Fox studios.
       
Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Donald
1961
David Donald ('41) wins the Pulitzer Prize for his biography Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War.
Johnny Carson
1962
Millsaps V-12er Johnny Carson
becomes host of the Tonight Show.
Integration
1965
Millsaps becomes first all-white college in Mississippi to integrate voluntarily.
Robert Kennedy
1967
Robert Kennedy speaks at Millsaps about obligations of young Americans to give back to their country.
       
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara
1967
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara gives convocation speech.
Ms. Magazine
1971
Joanne Edgar ('65) co-founds Ms. magazine.
President Jimmy Carter
1975
Jimmy Carter speaks to Millsaps students about the crisis in the Middle East.
Else School of Management
1979
The Else School of Management is formed.
       
Ellen Gilchrist
1984
Ellen Gilchrist ('67) wins the American Book Award for Fiction for her novel Victory Over Japan.
Habitat for Humanity
1988
Millsaps initiates the first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi.
Phi Beta Kappa
1989
Millsaps College becomes the first school in Mississippi to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honorary.
Dr. Frances Lucas
2000-2010
Dr. Frances Lucas served as the first woman president of the College.