Dec. 3, 1957: John David Crow won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first Aggie to earn college football's highest honor. Crow rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns in seven games, and he recorded five passing touchdowns. On defense, Crow intercepted five passes. A&M coach Paul "Bear" Bryant famously said if Crow didn't win the trophy, "they ought to quit giving it." Iowa defensive tackle Alex Karras finished second.
Dec. 3, 1901: Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, Texas A&M's fifth president, was the first person buried on campus. The campus cemetery — on land Foster had set aside months before his death — was located where Duncan Hall is now. The graves were reinterred near Marion Pugh Drive in 1938 to make way for the Corps Quadrangle. The 10 graves, including Foster, were then moved to the Aggie Field of Honor in February 2011.
Dec. 3, 1960: Steve Swanson was born. Swanson earned his doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M in 1998. He served as a NASA astronaut and made trips to the International Space Station.
Swanson's first mission to space was in 2007. The mission was called STS-117 and he served as a mission specialist and flight engineer. He also served the same roles on the STS-119 mission in 2009.
Swanson's most recent trip to space was in May 2014 on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He retired in 2015.
Dec. 3, 1977: The Heldenfels Laboratory Building was dedicated. The building is named after Hugo C. "Tony" Heldenfels, who graduated from Texas A&M in 1935 with a degree in agricultural administration.
Heldenfels was a third-generation co-owner of Heldenfels Brothers, a Texas construction business. He was also a member of the Board of Regents from 1961 to 1965, and president from 1965 to 1967.
Dec. 3, 2017: Jimbo Fisher arrived at Easterwood Airport to take the head coaching job for the A&M football team. Fisher exited the Gulfstream jet, owned by Regent Robert L. Albritton, and stepped onto a maroon carpet rolled out for the occasion. A&M Athletic Director Scott Woodward and A&M President Michael K. Young traveled with Fisher from Florida to College Station, where he was met by A&M administrators and fans, roughly 50 members of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and about 20 members of the press.