Dec. 7, 1941: The Japanese bombed the naval ships and air bases at Pearl Harbor. The manager of the A&M campus movie theater shut down the film that was playing to announce the news to the audience, according to A Pictorial History of Texas A&M University by Henry Dethloff. Cadets responded by saying "Beat the hell out of Japan!" and "Let's take a Corps Trip to Japan!"
Dec. 7, 1999: The monthly Silver Taps ceremony honored 11 students who died during the tragic Bonfire collapse: Miranda Denise Adams, Michael Stephen Ebanks, Jeremy Richard Frampton, Jamie Lynn Hand, Christopher Lee Heard, Timothy Doran Kerlee, Lucas John Kimmel, Bryan Allen McClain, Chad Anthony Powell, Jerry Don Self and Nathan Scott West.
The former student who died, Christopher D. Breen, class of 1997, was honored at Muster in April 2000.
The Silver Taps ceremony is held the second Tuesday of every month during the academic year and is observed when a currently enrolled student dies.