October 17 in San Antonio history…
President William Howard Taft is due to arrive at 7:10 p.m. today on the presidential train.
A U.S. Army balloon, C-2, is caught by a crosswind and blown into its hangar at Brooks Field. The escaping hydrogen ignites, destroying the aircraft.
A storm system dumps a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights (right). It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.