July 2 in San Antonio history…
1917 – World War I
Two of the army airplanes that left San Antonio this morning for a trip to Waco, reached here shortly before noon, while one was forced to descend
near Austin and another at Bartlett. After one of the machines had reached Waco and landed safely the second, driven by Capt. M. Kirby, of the United States aviation corps, was caught in an air current while preparing to land, about two hundred feet from the ground and his machine completely destroyed. Captain Kirby being badly shaken up, and a companion, Captain Ralph Fairchild, who was riding as a passenger, was rendered unconscious and taken to a local sanitarium.
War bond pushers announced Gene Autry and Red Skelton as special guests at a $1,000-bond-a-plate dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel.
A total of 61 percent of all business establishments signed pledges that they would voluntarily desegregate, according to a report of the City Council’s committee on desegregation.