Texas A&M University is a coeducational public research university
located in College Station, Texas. It is the flagship institution of
the Texas A&M University System. The seventh largest university in the
United States, A&M enrolls over 48,000 students in ten academic
colleges. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant
institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects
funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science
Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the
top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made
notable contributions to fields including animal cloning. The first
public institution of higher education in the state, the school opened
on October 4, 1876, as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of
Texas. The school's students, alumni and sports teams are known as
"Aggies". The main campus is one of the largest in America, spanning
5,200 acres (21 km2). It includes the George Bush Presidential Library.
Many students also observe the traditions of Texas A&M University,
which govern daily life as well as special occasions, including sports
events. Aggie sports teams compete in the Big XII Conference.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, deposed Richard II to become
Henry IV of England, merging the Duchy of Lancaster with the crown.
War of the Austrian Succession: The armies of France and Spain yielded
a phyrric victory over the Kingdom of Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna
dell'Olmo near Cuneo, Italy.
The Magic Flute, one of the last operas composed by Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, premiered at Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria.
World War II: General Władysław Sikorski became Prime Minister of the
The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published controversial editorial
cartoons depicting Muhammad, sparking protests across the Muslim world
by many who viewed them as Islamophobic and blasphemous.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble
2. A third in order of the feudal servant fighting class, below knight
and squire but above a page.
3. A subordinate, deputy, aide, or assistant.
4. (British) A former
class of small freeholders who farm their own land
Wikiquote quote of the day:
If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who
are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.