Brazos County Historical Timeline
2000-

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2000
Brazos Co 2000 Census reports Brazos Co population is 152,415.
College Station 2000 Census reports College Station's population is 67,890.
Bryan 2000 Census reports Bryan's population is 65,660.
Texas A&M Susan Rudd Wynn, '78, becomes the first female graduate to serve on the Board of Regents. In the early 1970s she was also the first women admitted to the College of Medicine.
May Texas A&M The Bonfire Commission released its report giving details on the collapse of the 1999 Bonfire as well as more historical information.
Jun 16 Texas A&M President Bowen announces Bonfire will be postponed until 2002 while plans are made to restructure the activity and Bonfire itself.
Nov Bryan Belo Corp. sells The Eagle to the Evening Post Publishing Company, which owns the South’s oldest daily newspaper, the Post and Courier of Charleston.
Nov 7 National Election Day
Brazos County has 80,133 registered voters.
George W. Bush is elected 43rd President of the United States.
Brazos Co votes: Bush(R)-32,864, Gore(D)-12,359.
2001
Texas A&M Forty eight percent of the student body is female.
Oct 4 Texas A&M Texas A&M University celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Nov Texas A few private "renegade" unauthorized bonfires are held around the state.
2002
Feb 4 Texas A&M Texas A&M University President Ray Bowen announces that there will be no Bonfire in 2002, saying the projected costs and safety concerns are too great. "My heart does not like what my brain is having to do today," Bowen said at an emotional news conference, his voice occasionally wavering. "It would be irresponsible for me to listen to my heart when we are dealing with the safety of our students."
Aug 23 Texas A&M Athletic director Wally Groff submits his resignation effective Dec 1 after meeting with new A&M President Robert Gates.
Nov 5 Texas Election Day
Rick Perry, a Texas A&M graduate, is elected governor.
Nov 24 Carlos,
Grimes Co
An off campus "unauthorized" bonfire is held at Boondocks Recreation Ranch. The effort is led by a student organization called Project Unity. About 5000 people attended the event. It is one of five bonfires held around the state.
Nov 25 Texas A&M Brandon Fails, a freshman football players collapsed in his Cain hall dorm room and dies about an hour later at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bryan.
Dec 2 Texas A&M Head Football Coach R.C. Slocum is fired by President Robert Gates and offered a position as special assistant to the president. Slocum was head coach for 14 years and was the winningest coach in A&M history never suffering a losing season. The firing came three days after the Aggies concluded a disappointing 6-6 regular season that ended with a 50-20 loss to archrival Texas.
Dec 3 Texas A&M Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Byrne is hired as the new Athletic Director at Texas A&M
Dec 5 Texas A&M Dennis Franchione is hired as the 26th head football coach at Texas A&M. He comes to Texas A&M after head coaching stints at seven colleges with the latest being at Southwest Texas, Texas Christian, and Alabama. Franchione sais that he and wife "would like this to be our final coaching job."
Dec 6 Bryan John "Johnnie W. Holick, the last surviving child of Joseph E Holick, a European immigrant considered to be the founder of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and who also founded the bootmaking business in 1891. His father opened Holick and Sons boot shop in 1929. The boot shop made Senior boots for the Aggie Corps of Cadets. John eventually took over the business from his father.

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