May 16 in San Antonio history…
The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.
The San Antonio Light reports that the Bronchos baseball team, in Sherman for a game, were not affected by the terrible cyclone that devastated the town yesterday. It is hoped that the games, scheduled for yesterday and today in Sherman, will be moved to San Antonio’s Riverside Park to be played tomorrow and Monday.
The movie “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, premieres at five San Antonio theaters. The term “maverick” comes from Samuel A. Maverick, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence who refused to brand his cattle. Maverick died in San Antonio on September 2, 1870 and is buried in City Cemetery #1.