August 12 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1915
The Baltic flank of the German Armies under Field Marshal von Hindenburg has virtually attained the banks of the River Dvina, between Riga and Dvinsk, with the Russian capital of Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) less than 300 miles away in a direct line. Thence southward the line sweeps west with the Russian fortress of Kovno still holding out, but next week may see a great battle on the road toward Petrograd.
Police cars were equipped with sirens similar to those used by the fire department. They were to be used only while the cars were responding to emergency calls.
“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York. The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper. The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.