Oct. 14, 1989: The A&M football team defeated No. 8-ranked Houston in a 17-13 upset at Kyle Field. The most memorable moment of the game included Aaron Wallace ripping Andre Ware’s helmet off and holding it up to the student section. Ware won the Heisman Trophy following the season. Wallace holds the A&M record for most career sacks with 42. He went on to play eight season for the NFL and returned to A&M after his career in he pros, earning his college degree in 2002.
Oct. 14, 1876: William B. Bizzell was Texas A&M's ninth president, from 1914 to 1925. He was previously president of Texas Women's University in Denton. Bizzell's administration spurred an era of growth for the campus. His leadership during World War I brought A&M into the modern era and helped state officials better realize the campus' potential, according to A Centennial History of Texas A&M by Henry Dethloff.
With the onset of the United States entering World War I in 1917, Bizzell offered the use of the campus and its facilities and resources in training Army servicemen, while still an education institution. He also represented the college's interests in Washington, D.C., lobbying for funding, supplies and military officers as instructors.
He is credited with launching the first comprehensive facilities program, or campus master plan, according to A Centennial History. Buildings completed during his term that are still used today include the YMCA Building, Francis Hall, Fermier Hall, Psychology Building, Animal Husbandry Pavilion, Bizzell Hall and the Trigon. Academic standards were raised and more faculty members with academic degrees were hired.
Bizzell also started a zoo on campus in 1920, because he "thought an institution like [A&M] needed a zoo," according to A Centennial History. It housed lions, tigers, an elephant, ostrich and other animals more native to North and South America. Sadly, the zoo was closed in 1926.
Bizzell resigned from A&M in 1925 to become the fifth president of the University of Oklahoma, which has a library that bears his name and a stone sculpture in his image. He retired as president emeritus in 1941.
Bizzell continually sought higher education for himself (he earned three doctorate degrees in his lifetime) and believed a university's obligation was to promote scholarship and learning, according to OU digital collections. His favorite quote was a line from Shakespeare's King Henry VI: "Ignorance is the curse of God;/ Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven." Books from his personal library bear a bookplate with the inscription as did Guion Hall, an assembly hall on the Texas A&M campus demolished in 1971.
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