Sept. 18, 2009: The Association of Former Students unveiled a 12-foot Aggie Ring in the Haynes Plaza behind the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center. Inside the ring's crest is a time capsule to be opened in 2046, 100 years from Harold "Bill" Haynes' class year. Haynes and his wife Reta were lead donors to the alumni center.
Sept. 18, 1948: Harry Stiteler coached his first football game at Texas A&M. Villanova defeated the Aggies in Philadelphia, 34-14. Stiteler's first season ended in a 0-9-1 record (the tie was against Texas).
Sept. 18, 1954: Paul "Bear" Bryant coached his first game as head coach of the A&M football team. The Aggies played Texas Tech at Kyle Field, losing 41-9. Bryant would go 1-9 in his first season, losing all six games in the Southwest Conference.
Sept. 18, 1967: Gen. James Earl Rudder was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for actions during the Cold War. He commanded the 90th Infantry Reserve Division from December 1954 to June 1967. "His skillful management consistently produced high quality performance both in Reserve training activities and during the Division's Annual Active Duty Training," according to the medal's citation.
Rudder served as Texas A&M University president from July 1959 until his death on March 23, 1970.
Sept. 18, 1999: Randy McCown set a record with a 96-yard touchdown pass to Chris Taylor against Tulsa. It was A&M's longest play from scrimmage until 2009, when Christine Michael had a 97-yard run against Baylor.