Dec. 17, 2006: Eddie J. Davis, class of 1967, took over as interim A&M president after the official resignation of Robert Gates, who left to assume the presidential appointment as secretary of defense.
Davis earned his master's and doctorate degrees from Texas A&M in educational administration, focused on management and financial operations of higher education. He served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam during his four years in the Army.
Prior to serving as interim president, Davis taught a doctoral business class and served in various financial positions within the university and A&M System. He was president of the Texas A&M Foundation from 1993 to 2016, with the exception of when he served as the university's interim president from December 2006 to January 2008.
He was the featured speaker at Muster in 2017.
Dec. 17, 1979: Former Texas A&M wide receiver Robert Ferguson was born. Ferguson played for the Aggies during the 2000 season. He originally signed to play for the Aggies but grades forced him to enroll in Tyler Junior College, where he was an All-American in 1998 and 1999.
During his one season with the Aggies, Ferguson had 58 catches for 885 yards and six touchdowns. He was named first-team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. He was drafted in the second round (41st overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2001 NFL draft.
Ferguson played eight seasons with the Packers and Minnesota Vikings. He had 151 career receptions for 1,993 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Dec. 17, 1984: The Texas A&M women's basketball team defeated Saint Mary's in quadruple overtime, 101-95.