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May 21 in San Antonio history…

The cricket match between San Antonio and Kerrville was won by San Antonio today. The sun was hot.

1918 – World War I
It has now been definitely established that the plans of the War Department call for the reduction in the number of men assigned to Kelly Field and its final abandonment as a mobilization camp.  A recent memorandum states that Camp Greene in Charlotte, N.C. has been taken over by the aviation section of the Signal Corps for a mobilization camp and as rapidly as transportation can be secured, the troops at Kelly Field and Waco will be moved out.

Elton John makes his first San Antonio appearance in Muncipal Auditorium.  Mark-Almond is opening act.


February 28 in San Antonio history…

Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that, yesterday, after establishing an altitude record of 22,000 feet in one of the new battle-planes being tested at Mineola, Long Island, Captain E. G. Chamberlain, a native San Antonian and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Chamberlain, fell 1500 feet to the ground when one of the wings of his flying machine broke.  By cool-headedness and skill, he escaped with only minor injuries.

HemisFair is seen as a boost to the President’s “Discover America” program, according to F.J. Mullins, senior vice president at American Airlines.  He said material on the fair is being placed in the seat pocket of every American flight.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

World War I – February 28, 1917
President Wilson releases the contents of the Zimmerman Telegram for newspaper publication after 10:00 p.m.

Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.

January 4 in San Antonio history…

San Antonian William Tobin equaled William Tell’s achievement by shooting an apple off the cranium of Thomson Green of New York – a close friend.  The distance was thirty feet.

The large advertising board on the bank of the river in Bowen’s Central Garden has fallen into the river and is obstructing the channel.

After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl (right) is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.


March 16 in San Antonio history…

The commissioners have resolved to give the proposed San Antonio court of appeals free courtrooms and a $25,000 law library from the people of Bexar.

Six downtown stores and a city-wide drugstore integrate lunch counters and cafeterias.  These are:  Woolworth’s, Kress, Neisner’s, Green’s, McCrory Variety Stores and Sommers Drug stores.

With its giant teeth and cutting wheels grinding a hole 27 feet wide, a 620-ton boring machine roared through the final 16 feet of shale today to complete the San Antonio River Tunnel.  When the inlet shaft near Josephine Street and the outlet shaft near Lone Star Brewery are finished in May 1993, the tunnel will be capable of saving downtown San Antonio from a so-called 100-year flood by routing floodwaters beneath the city.

March 7 in San Antonio history..

The vegetable market was moved from Military Plaza to Milam Plaza today.

The state was a step closer to the purchase of the remaining privately owned property on the Alamo block.

The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

Pioneer Flour Mills today began manufacture of a darker flour under a government order designed to help share short supplies of wheat with the hungry abroad.

Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Rev. Ernest Houghton, a British rector, has started an appeal to the patriotic women of England to assist the lives of the “broken heroes” by marrying wounded soldiers.

Early this morning, thousands thronged the sidewalks to view the Barnum & Bailey Circus parade. People of all classes, country and city folk, were there, even Sam Jones the preacher.

The Barnum & Bailey Circus again returns to the Alamo City.

Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)

August 1 in San Antonio history…

The telephone exchange switchboard was fired by the lightning last night during the storm, but was extinguished by the operators in fine style.

The San Antonio division of the Southern Pacific Railroad was disbanded.

The San Antonio Public Library purchases a rare first edition King James Bible and other rare books with money donated by the estate of Harry Hertzberg.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
The Imperial German government responds to President Wilson’s note of protest issued on May 13. It claims that the Lusitania was sunk due to the fact that it was carrying munitions of war as well as passengers.

Tonight is the last night of the chili stands on Alamo Plaza. A chili con carne restaurant is to be established on one side of the plaza.

The Alamo Heights class of 1965, including future RoboCop, Peter Weller, celebrates its commencement ceremony on the football field.  The class consists of 460 graduates and the previous commencement site of Sunken Gardens was deemed to be too small.