January 31 in San Antonio history…

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The Sunset railroad depot opens in downtown San Antonio (right).

1949
The lowest temperature ever in San Antonio is recorded on this day.  The mercury plunges to a brutally cold 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the city shivers under a 4.7 inch snowfall.

1967
Just four days after the fatal fire that killed three astronauts during a “plugs out” test of Apollo I, two airmen are killed during a similar test inside a space cabin simulator at Brooks AFB.  Like the Apollo I astronauts, the airmen at Brooks were working in a pressurized atmosphere of 100 percent oxygen.  A spark caused a flash fire and the airmen were severely burned.

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