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March 2 in San Antonio history…

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

Nearly 5,000 San Antonians witnessed the death of Mrs. Bertha Coffer Horchem when the plane she was flying in an aerial circus crashed at Municipal Flying Field.rush

Canadian rock trio Rush, with the Dutch opening act Golden Earring, draw a crowd of 13, 281 to the show in Hemisfair Arena.


February 3 in San Antonio history…

World War I – February 3, 1917
On this day in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson speaks for two hours before a historic session of Congress to announce that the United States is breaking diplomatic relations with Germany. Due to the reintroduction of the German navy’s policy of unlimited submarine warfare, announced two days earlier by Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollwegg, Wilson announced that his government had no choice but to cut all diplomatic ties with Germany in order to uphold the honor and dignity of the United States. Though he maintained that We do not desire any hostile conflict with the German government, Wilson nevertheless cautioned that war would follow if Germany followed through on its threat to sink American ships without warning.

The Wright aeroplane which was received in this city by the Wells-Fargo Express company yesterday was transferred to the government railroad spur that terminates on Grayson street at the Post, under the personal supervision of Mr. Heyck, the agent for the express company, this morning.
(Lt. Benjamin Foulois would make the first military flight in this airplane on March 2, 1910.)

San Antonio teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll fans mourned the loss of Texas’s own Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with Ritchie Valens, in an Iowa plane crash.


November 22 in San Antonio history…

The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

Staacke Bros. places a newspaper advertisement announcing a sale on all “vehicles” – meaning carriages. From this point on, they will sell automobiles only.

Dillard’s offers the Canon Palmtronic LE-81 4-function electronic calculator for $89.95 just in time for Christmas shopping.
(That works out to $473.14 in 2013 dollars.)

November 16 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Light reports that a giant horse named Dr. LeGear is attracting much attention at the fair.  Dr. LeGear is a dapple seal brown Percheron gelding, 21 hands tall, takes a 32 inch collar, is 16 feet from tip to tip, and is eight years old.

The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

Westmoorland College becomes the University of San Antonio.


March 12 in San Antonio history…

The first San Antonio & Aransas Pass train leaves San Antonio for Boerne. The trip takes three hours and a ticket costs 95 cents. The train returns to San Antonio the following day.

Much attention is given to the operation of automobiles in the new ordinance.  No greater speed than 15 miles per hour within the city limits is permitted.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush terminates the 110-year custodianship of the Alamo by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

March 2 in San Antonio history…

Texas declares independence from Mexico at Washington-On-The-Brazos.

1861 ordinance
The Ordinance of Secession (right), passed at the convention in Austin on February 1, goes into effect and Texas becomes a member of the Confederacy.  (original document held at the Texas State Library and Archives)

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

January 25 in San Antonio history…

City Council approved Alderman Fentiman’s ordinance restricting speed of automobiles and bicycles in San Antonio’s city limits to 6 miles per hour.

Word has been received form Washington that President Taft will be asked to promote Col. John L. Clem to Brigadier General.  Clem, who is at Fort Sam Houston, is known as “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.”

After an hour’s debate the county commissioners voted to accept a deed to Exposition Park from the city as a site for the $1,750,000 coliseum.

January 10 in San Antonio history…

Food products in the city have been undergoing scrutiny of state pure food inspectors. Taft whisky, alcohol flavored and colored with tobacco, has been confiscated.

San Antonio’s second television station, KEYL, goes on the air with a test pattern, broadcasting on Channel 5, at noon today. Regular programming begins on February 1. The station is operated by the San Antonio Television Company.   (KEYL will later change its call letters to KGBS and then KENS.)

1954Express & News
The staffs of the San Antonio Express (morning) and San Antonio News (afternoon) publish their first combined paper, the San Antonio Express & News Sunday Edition.  The two newspapers will officially merge 30 years later, in 1984.

September 24 in San Antonio history…

The big Locomobile, to be used by Fire Chief Phil Wright, reached San Antonio today via the International and Great Northern Railroad.  Chief Wright is said to be as proud of it as “a schoolboy with his first pair of red top boots.”  He said, “…that machine is one of the most modern things on the market.  At the fire chief’s convention a few weeks ago at Syracuse, N.Y., the test showed that the car is capable of a mile per minute on a good road.  Take it from me, there is speed to burn in that machine.  In fact, there is too much speed.”  [Chief Will Bishop would be killed in this car when struck by a fire engine on Dec. 31, 1917.  The car was thrown through the window of Joske’s as both vehicles were speeding to a fire.]

San Antonians were debating who won the first of the “Great Debates” between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, the first confrontation between presidential candidates since the Nixon-Kennedy clashes in 1960.

San Antonio Archbishop Francis Furey and Vicar General Monsignor William C. Martin travel to Rome for the archbishop’s official visit and report to the Vatican and Pope John Paul I.  The meeting is scheduled to take place October 6.  [Pope John Paul I will die in his sleep on September 28, only 33 days after becoming Pope and eight days before the meeting with Archbishop Furey.]

March 2 in San Antonio history…

Texas declares independence from Mexico at Washington-On-The-Brazos.

The cornerstone of German Methodist-Episcopal Church in La Villita is laid.  This church is now known as the Little Church of La Villita.

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1. (second from right)