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May 10 in San Antonio history…

1723
The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1911
KELLEY-George-E.M.-Second-Lieutenant-U.S.-Army-in-Curtiss-Trainer-1911Lt. George E. Kelly (right) is killed in air crash at Camp Travis (flying Army Aeroplane #2 – a Curtiss Model D Type IV). Kelly Field and later Kelly Air Force Base would be named for him.

1917 – World War I
Conferees on the Army bill agreed today that the age limit for conscription shall be 21 to 30 years inclusive, in place of the 21 to 27 limits in the Senate bill and 21 to 40 in the House bill.  The measure will be reported to the two Houses for confirmation as soon as possible.

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July 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

1911
Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois, Signal Corps, has been ordered from San Antonio to Washington for work in connection with the aero squadron. It is his opinion that the aeroplane will be left here and another army aviator will be ordered here.

1926
Mayor John W. Tobin decreed that all idlers and vagrants found in San Antonio would either be jailed or forced to go to work in the cotton fields of South Texas.

May 10 in San Antonio history…

1723
The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1879
City government moves into the French Building(right) on Main Plaza.

1911
Lt. George E. Kelly killed in air crash at Ft. Sam Houston (flying Army Aeroplane #2). Kelly Field and later Kelly Air Force Base would be named for him.

January 15 in San Antonio history…

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S. Marie Shelton and W. Walter Stowe are married by Rev. J. H. Adams of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in a tethered balloon 1,000 feet in the air over San Pedro Springs Park. After the ceremony, the couple made a balloon trip to Leon Springs. Passengers on the trip were Capt. H.E. Honeywell, L.B. Moorehouse, W.A. Philpott, Miss Elva McDaniel and Benjamin Foulois “who operates the Wright aeroplane at Sam Houston.”

1926
Final plans were completed for a 300-room addition to the Gunter Hotel.

1956
Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium, playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show (right). He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

January 2 in San Antonio history…

1911
At about 4:30 today, ground was broken for the new Prospect Hill Baptist Church.  J. L. Kerr, chairman of the building committee, pitched the first shovel of dirt.  He was followed by Rev. T. V. Neal, pastor of the church, and by all others present, so that all had a hand in the first work.  Work on the church will begin immediately and it will be completed in about eight months.  The approximate cost is $25,000.

1931
Filmland’s latest feminine sensation can now be seen at the Aztec. She is Jean Harlow, former Chicago society girl, who makes her screen debut in “Hell’s Angels,” the $4,000,000 Howard Hughes air spectacle.

1985
The Alamo City receives 2.4 inches of snow for the first time since January 1982 and the highest total since 3.1 inches on Feb. 22, 1966.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The Russians have begun fortifying their border with Rumania.  There are rumors that the Balkan state may come to the aid of Austria-Hungary.

1911
Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois, Signal Corps, has been ordered from San Antonio to Washington for work in connection with the aero squadron. It is his opinion that the aeroplane will be left here and another army aviator will be ordered here.

1973
The historic classes that began six weeks ago at UTSA ended today as the graduate students completed the first final examinations given at the school.  The second six-week term begins Monday (July 16).

June 20 in San Antonio history…

1906
The architect for Alamo Heights said the new addition would be “a strictly fashionable residence area.”

1911
A fire broke out in the rear of the Ruby Theater on Houston Street this afternoon.  The building and all the fixtures were destroyed.  The neighboring businesses of the White Swan Cafe, Kalteyer’s Drug Store and Rosenthal’s News and Cigarette Store were all damaged to some degree by fire, smoke and water.

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USAA is founded in the Gunter Hotel.

May 10 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
Despite mounting pressure to declare war on Germany due to American lives lost when the RMS Lusitania was sunk, President Wilson gives a speech in Philadelphia in which he says, “There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.”

1723
The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1911
Lt. George E. Kelly is killed in air crash at Ft. Sam Houston (flying Army Aeroplane #2).  Kelly Air Force Base would be named for him.

1957
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the $8 million School of Aviation Medicine were held at Brooks AFB.

January 15 in San Antonio history…

1911
S. Marie Shelton and W. Walter Stowe are married by Rev. J. H. Adams of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in a tethered balloon 1,000 feet in the air over San Pedro Springs Park. After the ceremony, the couple made a balloon trip to Leon Springs. Passengers on the trip were Capt. H.E. Honeywell, L.B. Moorehouse, W.A. Philpott, Miss Elva McDaniel and Benjamin Foulois “who operates the Wright aeroplane at Sam Houston.”

1956
Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium, playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

1970
The statue of the late Col. George W. Brackenridge was officially accepted by City Council today, but not without opposition.  The vote was 6-1.  Council expressed appreciation to the still anonymous donors of the statue, which has remained on the city’s Parks and Recreation Dept. loading docks for the past four months.  Last September, the statue honoring Brackenridge arrived with a $30,000 bill of sale but no city records showed it had been ordered.

October 1 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Kreigsbrot (war bread) begins to appear on shelves in Germany. It consisted of 55% rye, 25% wheat, and 20% potato meal, sugar and shortening. The potato element was said to prevent its getting stale. Kriegsbrot’s flavor improved by the third day and loaves a week old showed no deterioration. Although this first war bread was superior, rye and wheat flour were not always plentiful. Oats, Indian corn, barley, beans, peas and buckwheat meal had to be added as time went on.

1911
The Plaza Theater opens on Alamo Plaza.

1994
A controversial trade by the Spurs sends David Wood and popular forward Sean Elliott to the Detroit Pistons in return for rebounder Dennis Rodman and Isaiah Morris.  Elliott was due to be traded to the Houston Rockets during their 1994 NBA Championship season but failed his physical.  He was brought back to the Spurs for the 1994-95 season and would earn his championship ring in 1999.

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The Wolfson Building at Main and Commerce burns for a second time (the first being January 24, 1904) and is completely destroyed (right).   Flames also damage the first seven floors of the adjacent Riverview Towers.