December 19 in San Antonio history…
1915 – World War I
The German forces introduce phosgene gas (10 times toxicity of chlorine) against the British at Pilkem-Wieltje north of Ypres; 1,069 soldiers are gassed (120 dead), but no panic as hoped.
The City Council agreed today to offer a part of the HemisFair site for the proposed four-year state university, The approval came on an 8-1 vote, the lone dissenter being Councilman Dr. Herbert Calderon, who called the proposal “most unrealistic.” Calderon said the amount of land available at the fair site is “totally inadequate and unrealistic.”
Local entertainer, street performer and downtown fixture, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman, dies at age 76.