Oct. 18, 1914: Joe Routt was born. Routt was Texas A&M's first All-American football player, a recognition he received in 1936 and 1937. He played guard from 1934 to 1937, and was captain his senior year. He was a third-round pick in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Rams.
Routt was killed in action during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He had the rank of captain in the Army infantry and was a company commander. He was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1962. "In war as in football, Joe Routt was a true leader of men, ever prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice," according to his Hall of Fame citation.
Routt's name is represented on the street in front of Kyle Field and by the Memorial Student Center, Koldus Building and Rudder Tower.
Oct. 18, 1958: During the football game against Texas Christian University, Reveille II allegedly bit TCU assistant coach Walter Roach, according to an article in The Battalion. Reveille had previously been accused of biting a referee during the A&M-Houston game. In a letter to A&M officials, TCU Athletic Director L.R. "Dutch" Meyer said Reveille nipped Roach on the leg during halftime. The bite broke the skin but was not serious, and TCU officials said they were only concerned about her behavior and whether her vaccines were up to date. The Aggies lost to TCU, 24-8.
In a Dallas Morning News column, Roach joked that "Reveille definitely bit [him] in four places, once for each touchdown we scored against the Aggies."
Reveille was leashed and muzzled the following week when the Aggies defeated Baylor, 33-27.
Oct. 18, 1968: Texas A&M University at Galveston was officially dedicated as the Mitchell Campus. George P. Mitchell donated a 100-acre tract of land, called Pelican Island, for A&M to develop a campus for marine sciences and the Texas Maritime Academy. By 1971, Texas A&M was designated as a sea grant college, the fourth in the nation.
Oct. 18, 2003: Reveille VI was euthanized. She had liver failure and was in too much pain to stand.
She became Texas A&M's mascot in 1993. She was stolen by University of Texas students when she was four months old and returned just in time for the 1994 Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame.
She was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1995, but was able to continue her mascot duties with antiseizure medication. The side effects of the medication pushed Reveille VI into retirement in 2001 at a younger age than her predecessors, according to Reveille: First Lady of Texas A&M by Rusty and Vanessa Burson.
Oct. 18, 1997: The statue The Day the Wall Came Down was installed and dedicated at the George Bush Presidential Library Complex, ahead of the museum's opening. The sculpture of five bronze horses portrayed as leaping over a piece of the Berlin Wall had previously been in Georgia for the duration of the 1996 Olympic Games.