June 24 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1915
Oswald Boelcke, one of the earliest and best German fighter pilots of World War I, makes the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane (right). The Fokker Eindecker, a plane equipped first with one and eventually with two machine guns that could fire straight ahead through the aircraft’s propellers, would have a huge impact on air combat in the Great War and would put the Luftstreitkrafte, the German Air Service, far ahead of the Allied air forces for several months during the summer of 1915. The British referred to this as the Fokker Menace or the Fokker Scourge.
Mayor Maverick today has obtained from Aubrey Williams, NYA director, a commitment for $100,00 of NYA funds for restoration of the Villita Street Spanish Village.
Trinity Baptist Church is founded.
Ronald Reagan visits the Alamo City for the first time since becoming our 40th President. He is the keynote speaker at the 61st annual convention of the United States Jaycees. Hugh O’Brian, Wayne Newton and Danny Thomas are among other celebrities speaking at the event in the Convention Center.