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Aug. 20, 1892: Former Texas A&M President David Willard Williams was born. Williams was the acting president from 1956 to 1957.

Williams became an associate professor in the animal husbandry department at A&M in 1919 and was named the department head in 1922. He served until 1946. He also served in World War II as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, stationed in Europe. In 1946, Williams was named the first vice president for agriculture for the Texas A&M University System. He served that role until 1948, when he became the first vice chancellor of agriculture, a position he held until 1958.

During his time at Texas A&M, Williams was also a chairman of the Faculty Athletic Council.

Aug. 20, 1907: Former A&M baseball player and coach Roy C. "Beau" Bell was born. Bell was the A&M coach from 1951 to 1958 and was the school's first All-American athlete in baseball.

Bell played professional baseball for seven years with the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. He had a career .297 batting average with 46 home runs and 437 runs batted in. He appeared in the 1937 All-Star Game as a member of the Browns. That year, he had a .340 batting average and 14 home runs.

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