May 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Menger Hotel offers “Old Glory Night,” a night dedicated to the military, with dinner and music.

The Travis Building and Robert E. Lee Hotel are opened.

San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, “The Singing Brakeman” dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

First Mass in Texas is performed at Mission Nuestro Padre San Francisco de los Tejas on the coast. (First Spanish Mission in Texas).

The city limits ate fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.” (Specifically, from the cross atop the dome.)

1917 – World War I
Judge William F. Ramsey, head of the Federal Reserve Bank at Dallas, and other well known men, will speak tonight at a mass meeting at Travis Park Methodist Church held in the interest of the Liberty Loan bond issue. Judge Ramsey is making a trip over the state, speaking at various points and discussing the reasons why Texas should subscribe at once to the $36,000,000 apportionment of bonds allotted this state. He was a guest of the Rotarians at luncheon today at the St. Anthony Hotel and there urged immediate subscription, to the end that the Texas quota shall be subscribed in record time.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
John W. Tobin and City Clerk Fred Fries have issued a joint call for a final meeting of the presiding judges who are to serve as registrars in the various places to take the military census June 5. The meeting of the registrars from the 44 country precincts will be held Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom while that of the registrars for the city precincts will be held June 4, at 10 a. m. in the council chamber at the city hall.

Tonight is the grand opening of the Roaring 20’s Teen Club (formerly Shadowlands), three miles north of Loop 410 on Blanco Road.  Along with Gene Thomas, headliners will be The Missiles band and vocal group along with San Antonio’s own Denny Ezba.  This will mark the first time that a Teen Nite Spot has been put into operation and we’re betting everybody will dig the idea.

Hipp’s Bubble Room at 1411 McCullough closes.

May 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson today renewed his efforts to put an enforced newspaper censorship section into the espionage bill. Senators Overman, Fletcher and Nelson, the Senate’s conferees on the bill, were called to the White House and urged by the President to agree to a censorship section which the House since has rejected. They were asked to learn whether it is possible to allay the senate’s objections and if possible bring out a new and so-called modified censorship clause. President Wilson told the Senate conferees that he deems authority to invoke censorship of some sort absolutely essential.

Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

San Antonio’s last living Civil War veteran, Charles Sickles, is buried in the National Cemetery.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.

San Antonio’s 200,000th telephone was installed today In the residence of Mr, and Mrs. Norman E. Pryor of 130 Westchester St.

After 30 years as the King of late night television, Johnny Carson’s final show as host of the “Tonight Show” is broadcast on KMOL Channel 4.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Public Library has obtained four films that are now available for viewing by all patrons with library cards.  The films are: “The House I Live In,” Frank Sinatra’s film on racial tolerance (below); “Public Opinion,” a film showing how public opinion develops; “The Diary of a Sergeant,” a film showing rehabilitation of a veteran without hands; and “The Story of Texas – Her Natural Resources.”

Chuck Jefferson, Woodridge School third grader, was homeward bound with $32,000 he won on the “$64,000 Question” TV show.  “I wanted to go on (for $64,000), but my parents decided I should quit.  It’s too big of a risk.  Sometimes I think parents are too nervous.”

Robert E. Lee high school votes to ban the Confederate flag from uniforms and activities sponsored by the school beginning in the fall.   “We are not going to suspend students if they have it on a T-shirt or backpack; that’s an individual choice,” said Lee Principal Bill Fish. “But as an institution, we are not going to use it.  We’ve been trying to do this gradually over time,” he said, adding that new football uniforms have been ordered without the flag to replace old ones.

May 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
General approval was expressed in congressional circles today over the selection of Major General Pershing to lead the first expeditionary force to France. Congressmen and senators who must provide the funds for the conduct cf the war were highly pleased that an officer of Pershing’s standing and experience had been chosen.

Mike Vavala’s name is chosen from over 5,000 entries for suggesting the name of San Antonio’s new ABA basketball team: The San Antonio Spurs. He wins season tickets and a trip to the ABA playoffs.  The Aztecs was the second-most popular suggestion.

The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

May 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The St. Anthony Hotel offers a “Khaki Night” of “Music, Dancing and Happiness” on their roof garden.  Cover charge is $1.50 and soldiers are specifically invited to wear their khaki uniforms.

The Texas Theater shows a one-night-only sneak preview of “Wings,” starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, before the official world premiere at the Criterion Theater in New York on August 12.  The motion picture was filmed in and around San Antonio and would win the first “Best Picture” Academy Award.

Nearly two months before the release of their second eponymous LP, Anglo-American band Fleetwood Mac, featuring new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, play a concert in Municipal Auditorium.

May 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson signs the Selective Service Act of 1917, instituting a military draft.  The act designates the draft system as “selective service” rather than using the unpopular term “conscription.”  The draft will remain in effect until the end of the war.

The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan (Spurs majority owner Peter Holt, right)


May 17 in San Antonio history…

Ignatius Coyle smashes the image of Saint Theresa at the Alamo Church and is arrested by Captain Tom Rife.

1917 – World War I
Representative Slayden has received communications from patriotic and charitably inclined citizens proposing to locate colonies of Belgians in Texas, where lands are cheap and fertile.  The Belgian minister responded today, saying, “Answering your friends’ inquiry, I have the honor to inform you that the Belgian government does not favor or endorse the exodus to foreign countries of its citizens.  As you certainly will understand, Belgium will need after the war is over all her able-bodied people to help to rebuild the ruins and the devastations which occurred during the great European conflict.  However, I appreciate the charitable initiative of your citizens.”

“The Biggest Rock and Roll Show of 1956 comes to Municipal Auditorium, featuring Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters, Joe Turner, The Teen-agers, The Colts, The Teen Queens, Bo Diddley, Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters, The Flamingos, LaVern Baker, and Red Prysock & his Rock and Roll Orchestra.