December 31 in San Antonio history…
Fire Chief William P. Bishop is killed when responding to a call. A fire truck collides with his Locomobile auto, hurling it into Joske’s.
The total Bexar County deaths attributed to automobile crashes reached an all-time high of 90, surpassing the previous high of 79 set in 1935. There were 2,709 accidents with 1,100 people injured. “This useless slaughter and maiming must be stopped and the police department is going to do everything within its power to stop it,” Police Chief Kilday said.
Ray Charles comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays the auditorium at the Carver Library. He is second on a bill that features T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn and Choker Campbell and his Orchestra.