August 20 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1915
The White Star liner Arabic is sunk by a single torpedo from German U-boat U-24 off the southern coast of Ireland. The liner sinks within 10 minutes, killing 44 passengers and crew, two of whom were American: Josephine Burguiere and Edmund Woods.
The Battle of Medina: “La Noche Triste” in San Antonio. Scenes of desolation. Mexican General Arredondo enters the city in triumph. 700 citizens are imprisoned in Alamo courtyards; 300 in one large poorly ventilated granary room on Main Plaza. 14 die in one night. Women are imprisoned in La Quinta. Daily executions are held in Military Plaza.
River Avenue between Grand and Houston streets is changed to Broadway Avenue.