May 14 in San Antonio history…

1716
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.

1940
The newspapers advertise nylon hosiery, offered for sale for the first time at 9 a.m. the following morning at many San Antonio department stores, including Joske’s. (right)

1940
Alberto Salinas Carranza, head of aviation in the Mexican Army is here on vacation and meets with Mayor Maury Maverick.  He suggested that San Antonio’s Military Plaza and Main Street revert to their original names of Plaza de las Islas and Acequia Street, respectively.  “Every city has a Main Street,” the official stated, “but none has an Acequia Street.”

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