Daily Archives: May 11, 2017

May 11 in San Antonio history

1738
The cornerstone of San Fernando Cathedral is laid.

1917 – World War I
Five divisions of the National Guard and one division of the National Army, as the men taken into service under the selective draft bill will be known, are to be trained in the Southern Department under the order received at headquarters of the department late yesterday afternoon. One of the divisions, not yet designated, will be stationed at Camp Wilson and w ill have a strength of 26,000 men.

1966
“Tower of the Americas”, the name suggested by Rosa Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, is chosen as the official name of the 622-foot tall HemisFair tower. Ms. Gonzalez won a three-day expenses-paid stay at the Menger Hotel for herself and her immediate family, a $100 savings bond and a season pass to HemisFair. The names chosen as runners-up were: Hemispire, Hemistower, Astroshaft, Astrospire, Astrotower, Stratospire, Spire of the Americas and Tower of Peace.