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April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (“The Alamo”) secularized by decree.

1918 – World War I
Mayor Bell is in receipt of the first letter delivered here by airplane.  In fact, there were two letters, one from W. E. Anderson, city manager of Brownsville and the other from M. Rickey, mayor of San Benito.  The letters were brought in my Major Decker of the U.S. Aviation Corps, who flew to San Antonio from Brownsville, stopping at both San Benito and Kingsville.

1927
Shortly before 7 p.m., an F5 tornado hits the town of Rocksprings, Texas.  Nearly one mile wide, the monster tornado demolished Rocksprings, destroying 235 of the 247 buildings in the town, killing 74 people and injuring 205 – almost one-third of the population.  If a proportional disaster hit San Antonio today it would mean the deaths of almost 100,000 people.

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April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1909
Two cornerstones are laid for the new First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Avenue D and Fourth Street.  The first stone set was the one that marked the date of the original church at Houston and Flores Street in 1860.  The other stone marks the beginning of the new structure that will cost nearly $90,000 and will be one of the finest edifices in the entire Southwest.

2016
The Spurs tie the 1985-86 Boston Celtics for the best home record in a season, going 40-1 with a 102-98 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1940
The mayor, desiring further to streamline the city government, has entered into negotiations for the purchase of the Smith-Young Tower.  The Don is of the opinion that the entire city government would be centered there if the deal goes through and would include the fire department and police headquarters.

1978
Rejecting a staff recommendation that the city go out for bids, City Council voted today to negotiate with a single firm – UA-Columbia – to bring cable television to San Antonio.  Councilman Henry Cisneros, who made the motion to deal with UA-Columbia, said that it would not be practical to deal with a competitor and “wire” the city twice for cable TV.

April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1873
Construction of First Baptist Church is begun.

1965
Although it has not yet be officially announced, the $12.9-million federal grant has been approved for construction of the $27-million University of Texas South Texas Medical School and teaching hospital to be located here.  The grant is divided into a $9 million segment for the teaching hospital to be built and operated by the Bexar County Hospital District and the remainder of $3,948,581 for construction of the school.  Dr. Jack M. Partain, President of the Bexar County Medical Society, says, “Thank goodness this day has now come.”

April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1873
Construction of First Baptist Church is begun.

1971
Southwestern Bell implements “zero-plus” and “one-plus” dialing for long-distance, collect, person-to-person and bill-to-third-party calls directly instead of having to go through the operator.

 

April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (“The Alamo”) secularized by decree.

1915
The Battle of Flowers Association prepared floats to carry duchesses in the annual parade.

1925
Nurses evacuated 600 patients from Ft. Sam Houston’s Red Cross Hospital as an Easter morning fire swept through the building.

1957
Maybelle Hampton, slim blond typist and mother of two, will represent Lackland Air Force Base as Fiesta Queen.