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August 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Bolsheviks have declared that a state of war exists between Russia and the United States.  Consequently, Vice Consul Imbrie has lowered the United States flag over the consulate at Petrograd, closed the consulate and place the affairs of the United States in charge of the Norwegian government.

Plans for a special San Antonio Day at Hemisfair were announced today by Chairman David Straus.  Tickets will be 2 for 1 this Sunday, August 25.  There will also be free parking on a first-come, first-served basis in the Hemisfair parking lot east of the fairgrounds and south of Durango.

San Antonio Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela fans 15 batters in a 3-0 win over Amarillo.  The 19-year-old lefty allowed just two hits in the second half of the season and struck out 162 batters in 174 innings.


August 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that San Antonio is the only city in the United States home to two flying aces:  Lt. Edgar Tobin, of the Lafayette Espadrille, and Lt. Edmund G. Chamberlain, of the Marine Flying Corps.

Robert E. Lee High School alumnus and Minnesota Viking quarterback Tommy Kramer throws an 11-yard touchdown pass to Joe Senser in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.  This is the first touchdown scored in the new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Texas author and storyteller John Henry Faulk comes to Rosenberg’s Bookstore to sign copies of his latest book, “The Uncensored John Henry Faulk.”

August 20 in San Antonio history…

The Battle of Medina:  “La Noche Triste” in San Antonio.  Scenes of desolation.  Mexican General Arredondo enters the city in triumph.  700 citizens are imprisoned in Alamo courtyards;  300 in one large poorly ventilated granary room on Main Plaza.  14 die in one night.  Women are imprisoned in La Quinta.  Daily executions are held in Military Plaza.

1918 – World War I
Married women will hereafter be permitted to secure positions to public schools of the city as the result of the action taken today at a meeting of the San Antonio School Board.  The action was taken as a “war time necessity” with the provision that each applicant be passed upon individually.

River Avenue between Grand and Houston streets is changed to Broadway Avenue.


August 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Calisthenic drills by the infantry arm, which in former years were an exceedingly interesting and popular feature at Fort Sam Houston, have been resumed, and the general public is invited to witness the drills, which will take place at the Upper Post from 7:30 to 8 a.m Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mayor C. K. Quin today ordered a series of mural paintings taken from the walls of the foyer of the Municipal Auditorium, after their presence was protested by the American Legion Central Council of Bexar County. The paintings by Xavier Gonzales, were criticized for containing hidden Communist symbols.

San Antonio will have to wait until October to learn the fate of its request for a $29.5 million federal grant to help develop a $150 million Tiendas del Rio shopping center east of Joske’s of Texas downtown store.  (Tiendas del Rio was later renamed Rivercenter Mall.)

August 18 in San Antonio history…

The Spanish royalist army under Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo is victorious at the Battle of Medina south of San Antonio. Gen. Arredondo’s forces enter San Antonio two days after the battle and inflict punishment on the civilian population. 700 of the citizens are imprisoned, eighteen die of suffocation out of 300 in one house; the remainder are shot.

The promise of rain cheered San Antonians. Showers and heavy rains drenched the surrounding areas.

The new San Antonio Evening News newspaper (“a paper with a conscience and backbone“) is advertised in the San Antonio Express (right).  Publication begins on September 4.

August 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Camp Travis handles 47,000 pieces of mail – the largest daily amount since the establishment of the camp post office on Thursday of last week.

More than 30 youngsters who share Davy Crockett’s August 17 birthday date gathered to whoop it up at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored party in Brackenridge Park today.  Sporting coonskin caps and Davy Crockett t-shirts, they gathered around TV star Johnny Lane who led them in singing “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Home on the Range.”

The San Marcos Factory Shops, a 300,000 foot manufacturers outlet off Interstate 35, kicks off a three-day grand opening at noon today.  The $15 million center on the southern edge of San Marcos, contains more than 60 shops offering merchandise from apparel, accessory and home furnishings manufacturers throughout the nation.

August 16 in San Antonio history…

A man arrested yesterday for the burglary of a little West Commerce grocery store three weeks ago will have to stand trial before a jury in the Thirty-seventh District Court based on a single fingerprint on a broken window pane. It is the first case based upon a fingerprint, without any other evidence, recorded in Bexar County and the third of its kind in Texas.

Donald “Donnie” Roan Dunagan is born in San Antonio.  Mr. Dunagan served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted 13 times in 21 years, retiring with the rank of Major.  He was the Marine Corp’s youngest drill instructor.  He also served three tours in Vietnam and earned the Purple Heart three times and the Bronze Star. However, you may know him as the voice of Walt Disney’s “Bambi.”

San Antonians mourned the death of singer Elvis Presley, who died at age 42 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

August 15 in San Antonio history…

An ordinance was adopted by the city council wherein the city disclaimed any right, title or interest in the Alamo property.  The mayor was authorized to execute a quitclaim deed to Miss Clara Driscoll.

1918 – World War I
A patriotic program for the opening of the recently erected Knights of Columbus Hall at Camp Stanley has been prepared for this evening.  The festivities will include presentations by the 304th Cavalry Band and an address by Jay Elmer Fox, Director Field Service, Knights of Columbus, Southern Department.

Playland Park introduces the new “Rocket” rollercoaster.


August 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Three planes from Kelly Field, flying in triangular formation, made the journey to Green Lake, Texas yesterday and returned – a distance of 130 miles – without ever breaking formation or being at a greater distance than 25 feet apart.  This is considered a remarkable record in formation flying.

The Bexar County commissioners wiped a town out of existence this morning. This was the town of Viva, about 18 miles north of San Antonio on the Kerrville branch of the S.A.A.P. railroad.

Workers spend five hours removing the 4,000-pound marquee from the Texas Theater (right) only to have it bend and crumble due to structural rust.  The marquee was due to have been donated to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

August 13 in San Antonio history…

This morning, Judge James R. Davis submitted a petition from property owners in the settlement of Viva, between San Antonio and Leon Springs on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad, that the streets and alleys in the 35-year-old town be ordered closed. The commissioners’ court granted the petition. Thus, the township was wiped out. There were no casualties.

Mary, a 26-year-old spider monkey known to thousands of San Antonians, died in the Brackenridge Park zoo hospital this morning. She was the first animal to be placed in the zoo and the first spider monkey born in the U.S.

Northside School District opens three new elementary schools – Monroe May , Virginia Myers and Henry Steubing – thanks to a $98 million bond package approved by voters in 1995.