April 27 in San Antonio history…
The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park. This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.
The super-duper Battle of Flowers Parade was declared worth waiting four years for (Fiesta was canceled during WWII), but an observer doubted whether the aching backs and feet would be rested in another year.
During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from parked motorhome (right). Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.