Sept. 12, 2015: The renovated Kyle Field opened for Texas A&M's game against Ball State. The $484 million project took less than two years to complete without interrupting any home football games. The renovation brought the number of seats up to 102,733. 

The Aggies won the game, 56-23, before 104,213 fans. Midnight Yell Practice also drew roughly 50,000 people

Sept. 12, 1918: Maj. Isaac S. Ashburn received the Distinguished Service Cross, the military's second-highest honor, in World War I.

The award citation reads: "After being practically paralyzed for more than an hour from a wound in the neck, Major Ashburn resumed command of his battalion and continued to lead it with exceptional daring and effect until he was incapacitated by a second wound two days later."

Ashburn was publicity director and secretary of the Texas A&M Board of Directors before the war. He was commandant of the Corps of Cadets after the war, from September 1919 to January 1924.

Sept. 12, 1956: Former Texas A&M pitcher Mark Thurmond was born. During his career with the Aggies, Thurmond was an All-Southwest Conference and All-American selection in 1977 and 1978.

He finished his collegiate career with 34 wins and 273 strikeouts. He was the Southwest Conference record holder for career shutouts with eight. He also threw a no-hitter against Texas Tech in 1978.

Thurmond was drafted in the fifth round of the 1979 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. He played eight season in the major leagues with the Padres, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. He earned 40 wins and 320 strikeouts during his career.

He was also a member of the 1984 San Diego Padres World Series team.

Sept. 12, 1992: The Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center was dedicated. Sanders, class of 1922, was a major benefactor of Texas A&M and the Corps.

The Sanders Corps Center displays the history of A&M's Corps of Cadets from its beginning in 1876. The exhibits on display describe the traditions and history of the university, including Silver Taps, Reveille and cadet life.

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