Dec. 2, 1901: Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, the fifth president of A&M, died of pneumonia in Dallas. He was president for three years. The class of 1903 dedicated its yearbook in Foster's memory: "To the memory of the late L.L. Foster, whose untiring efforts and deep integrity during his three years as president of the college contributed so much toward its advancement ..."

Dec. 1, 1911: Lt. Robert G. Fowler, the first person to fly across the United States, landed on Kyle Field, giving many residents of Bryan and the A&M campus its first in-person view of an airplane. He "circled twice over Kyle Field and then [landed on Kyle] as gracefully as a bird," as described in The Eagle. He flew a biplane similar to that of the Wright brothers' — equipped with a Cole four-cylinder car motor.

Dec. 1, 1916: The School of Veterinary Medicine was established. Mark Francis was the first dean.

Dec. 1, 1984: Reveille V arrived on campus.

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