July 1 in San Antonio history…
1916 – World War I
In the Somme River region of France, the British launch an offensive against German forces. The British suffer 19,240 deaths and 38,240 wounded in the first day. This is the worst day in the history of the British Army.
Virgil T. Blossom, former superintendent of the embattled Little Rock School District in Arkansas, becomes superintendent of North East School District.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Hospital becomes part of the Baptist Memorial Hospital System and is renamed St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital. This is the fifth in the Baptist system of hospitals and the first in the Medical Center. With the closure of Lutheran General Hospital in 1991, this merger means that no Lutheran-affiliated hospitals remain in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Texans, the Alamo City’s Canadian Football League franchise, wins their first-ever game, 47-24, over the Shreveport Pirates. There are many real Texans on the team, including position coaches Guy Morriss and Bill Bradley, Phil Brown and Grady Cavness from Texas and Lance Teichelman from Texas A&M.