3-2-1910 Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois makes the first military air flight in a Wright brothers plane at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The seven-and-a-half-minute flight marks the shaky beginnings of the U.S. Air Force.
2-20-1971 Up to 26 inches of snow falls in the Panhandle during a paralyzing blizzard that left three people dead and caused $3.1 million in property and livestock losses.
10-9-1835 About 50 Texan volunteers commanded by George Collingsworth and Benjamin Milam capture the Mexican garrison at Goliad, disrupting communications between Mexican military units and seizing arms and supplies.
Samuel McCullough, a free Negro, was the first man wounded in the Texas Revolution. He was with the Collinsworth company at the attack at Goliad.
10-4-1876. The first public institution of higher education in Texas, Texas A&M opened on October 4, 1876, as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. The letters “A&M”, short for “Agricultural and Mechanical”, are retained as a link to the university’s past. The school’s students, alumni, and sports teams are known as “Aggies”.
The main campus is one of the largest in America, spanning 5,200 acres and includes the George Bush Presidential Library. Approximately one-fifth of the student body lives on campus. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and can choose from among 800 officially recognized student organizations. Aggie sports teams compete in the Big 12 Conference. The university offers degrees in over 150 courses of study through ten colleges and houses 18 research institutes. Texas A&M has awarded over 320,000 degrees, including 70,000 graduate and professional degrees.