Nearly 64 years ago to the day Rice University (then Institute) played its first game in Rice Stadium. The Owls defeated Santa Clara 27 - 7. Click this link to read a brief account of the game.
It was Rice's homecoming game, and since it was a special occasion they had a celebratory parade down Main St. Click this link to view a few photos. Click this link to read a special edition of The Thresher, Rice's student newspaper, which gives more details on the big event. Notice page 4 has a short article about A&M's new Memorial Student Center, which had opened, but was not quite finished. Also notice the abundance of cigarette ads.