Dec. 5, 1888: Jesse Easterwood, class of 1909, was born. He is the namesake for Easterwood Airport. He was the second American to qualify as a Naval aviation pilot, according to the 1919 Alumni Quarterly. Easterwood served with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and made 16 successful raids behind German lines. He received medals for service in Britain, Italy and France.

Dec. 5, 1942: Actresses Anne Gwynne and Martha O'Driscoll, stars in the movie We've Never Been Licked, attended the football game against Washington State during a break in filming the World War II-era movie on the Texas A&M campus. Gwynne and O'Driscoll sat with the band during the game as compensation for the cadets missing class time and staying up late to film scenes, according to Fightin' Texas Aggie Band by Don and Mary Jo Powell. A&M won the game, 21-0.

Dec. 5, 1952: Reveille II gave birth to 10 puppies, five male and five female, at the Small Animal Veterinary Clinic. She is the only Reveille to have offspring. "The band paid for the cost of medicine and other expenses, so I guess the pups are going to it," veterinarian Charles W. Zahn said, according to an article in The Battalion.

Dec. 5, 1998: Texas A&M won the Big 12 Championship by defeating Kansas State in a thrilling double-overtime win. Kansas State was ranked third in the BCS, and a UCLA loss earlier in the day meant the Wildcats were a win away from the national championship game. But the Aggies overcame a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, and tied the game when Branndon Stewart found Sirr Parker for a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The two again connected in double overtime, and Parker galloped into the end zone to shock the Wildcats, 36-33.


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