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Today in Aggie History, May 28: Texas legislature approves creation of state nautical school

Today in Aggie History, May 28: Texas legislature approves creation of state nautical school

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May 28, 1931: The state legislature approved a state nautical school. The Texas Maritime Academy was created in 1962 — now known as Texas A&M Galveston. That fall, 27 freshmen enrolled at A&M before transferring to the academy in Galveston.  

May 28, 1920: The Association of Former Students' constitution was adopted. The document was drafted by Frederick Giesecke, class of 1886. Giesecke helped start the College of Architecture, and in 1927 served as dean and head of the Department of Architecture.

He led the formation of, drafted the constitution for and served as the first secretary of the Alumni Association, a precursor to the Association of Former Students.

May 28, 1988: Capt. Ann Sanborn, class of 1979, became the first American woman to captain a merchant ship. The Texas Clipper, the Texas A&M Maritime Academy training ship, set sail for its annual 72-day training cruise.

May 28, 1990: A&M opened a campus in Koriyama, Japan. It closed in 1994 due to lack of local support.

May 28, 1999: Reveille V was euthanized because of failing health.

Reveille V made her first appearance at a basketball game on Jan. 11, 1985. It was said that Reveille V was mischievous while in classrooms, stealing erasers from chalkboards.

In October 1993, she underwent stomach surgery to treat gastric dilation-volvulus. She retired May 14, 1994.

She lived the rest of her life with Joe West, a local veterinarian, class of 1954 and a former senior yell leader.

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