This Week In History

May 14, 1874

On May 14, 1874, Black members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church met at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to organize what was called the Second Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The predominantly African-American denomination later became known as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.

May 15, 1902

On May 15, 1902, the cornerstone was laid for the Texas Presbyterian College for Girls, founded by the Texas Presbyterian Synod. The school opened for its first class on September 24, 1902, in Milford, Texas, with 33 boarding students, 22 day students, and nine faculty members. The school adopted the motto "Christian Women for Christian Homes." It originally offered primary and secondary education, but by 1911 it operated a high school academy separate from the college.

May 18, 1927

1927 King of KingsOn May 18, 1927, Cecil B. DeMille premiered his silent movie, "King of Kings," (at right) at the then brand-new Grauman's Chinese Theatre (which joined Sid Grauman's existing Egyptian Theatre). Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard opening night (see below left) and a near riot broke out as fans pushed to catch a glimpse of movie stars and other celebrities at the premiere.

Grauman's opening 1927Ever the showman, DeMille enlisted four local clergymen to open the festivities. Representing Protestants was Presbyterian Rev. Dr. Robert Freeman, pastor of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The movie ran for months on a twice-a-day reserved seat policy.