October 4 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1916
A parade of 15,000 soldiers, state troops and regulars, march in review from Camp Wilson through downtown San Antonio. At one point, the line stretches for twelve miles along flag-lined streets. The parade kicks off Military Day in the Alamo City.
Plans for endorsement of a stadium to be built by the board of education with aid of a WPA grant of $202,000 were made by the Chamber of Commerce.
Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka. The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial “star” that day – Sputnik.