May 1, 1979: George H.W. Bush announced his presidential candidacy. Bush would serve as a two-term vice president under President Ronald Reagan, from 1980 to 1988, then was elected president in 1988. His presidential library opened at Texas A&M in 1997, as did the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
May 1, 1965: Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, class of 1943, was a test pilot after WWII. On this day he set the world speed record for an aircraft at 2,070 mph on a straight course. The same day, he also set a record for sustained horizontal flight, flying at 80,257 feet. The municipal airport in his hometown of Gilmer is named for him.