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February 13 in San Antonio history…

On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope came to town, not on the road, but by train today to boost the Red Cross War Relief Fund. Both were getting a little shut-eye before playing in the first 18 holes of the Texas Open.

All attendance records for the weekend  at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition were broken when an estimated 40,000 persons yesterday brought the three-day total to 105,000.

October 31 in San Antonio history…

Beethoven Hall. South Alamo street, San Antonio’s largest auditorium, was partially destroyed by a fire that broke out at 10:45 p.m. this evening. The building, valued at $40,000, suffered damages of $25,000, it was estimated today. The origin of the blaze has not yet been fully determined. Delay in sounding the alarm permitted the fire  to gain great headway, as members of the Beethoven Maennerchor in the club room did not heed cries of “fire,” believing practical jokers were intent on making them victims of a Hallowe’en prank.

The mercury plummets to 27 degrees, making for frigid trick-or-treating and setting numerous records for the date:
– The lowest temperature for Oct. 31, breaking the mark of 33 degrees reported in 1980.
– The lowest temperature ever in October, surpassing the 32 degrees recorded Oct. 30, 1917.
– The lowest temperature so early in the season, once again breaking the 32 degrees reported Oct. 30, 1917.
– It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1885 for the lowest temperature in October to drop into the 20′s.

Fleetwood Mac performs at the Alamodome in support of their live album “The Dance.”

February 13 in San Antonio history…

On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

In an effort to reduce accidents, all slow-moving traffic will be compelled to keep to the right-hand curb on downtown streets.  Buggies and wagons can’t compete with fast-moving autos.

Roy Clark, guitarist and singer of “Hee Haw” fame, entertains at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.  He also performed on this date in 1972 and 1988.

December 7 in San Antonio history…

A Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Verimendi Palace. Two others die in the assault.

The San Antonio Light announces that a Christmas tree will be placed in Alamo Plaza “in front of the ruined portion of the Alamo” by the Rotary Club.  The tree will be furnished by Douglas Fairchilds of Medina Valley.  The San Antonio Gas & Electric Company has agreed to furnish, free, the current lor several thousand colored electric lights; J. C. Kinney has agreed to do the electrical work; Steves Sash &. Door Company has promised to furnish a fence to be built around a sufficient area about the tree to accommodate 1500 poor children and their mothers; the British Society, the Scottish Society,(known as Clan McDuff), three or four of the German singing societies, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, (representing the Irish), and the Choral Society of the Y. M. C. A., (representing the Americans), have agreed, to come In costume and sing Christmas songs representative of each nationality on Christmas Eve.

The San Antonio Light features the news of the crash of a private plane into Mitchell Lake but news from Pearl Harbor had not reached San Antonio by the afternoon publication deadline.

October 29 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1915
E. D. Steger of Bonham estimates that Texas has shipped 50,000 tons of hay and 25,000 horses to the Allies.  Steger has many large war contracts.

Syrus Edwards, a 13-year old boy, was arrested yesterday by Motorcycle Policeman Flores on Zarzamora Street for having exceeded the speed limit of 30 miles per hour.  The court today warned the boy’s father that it was against the law for the boy to operate an automobile due to a traffic ordinance that states that no one under 16 years old is to be issued a chauffeur’s license.  A fine of $5 was imposed by the court, but was suspended.

The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right).  The day is inauspicious due to the second day of panic selling on Wall Street.  The stock market crash reaches its crescendo today and will come to be known as “Black Tuesday.”

City Councilman Joe Alderete throws a switch closing the flood gates at Woodlawn Lake marking the completion of a two-year, $750,000 program to improve the once-popular facility that had fallen into disrepair.



October 2 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador delivered to Secretary Lansing today a note from the German government concerning the Arabic case.  It is learned reliably that the note furnished a basis for further negotiations and from this it was inferred that Germany was anxious to submit to arbitration the question of whether or not the Arabic was engaged in a hostile act at the time she was torpedoed and how much indemnity must be paid if the judgement is against the German commander.

From 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning 4.15 inches of rain has fallen on San Antonio, causing the San Antonio River and most other rivers in the county to overflow their banks.  The flood waters have claimed the life of a mother and her three small children near San Jose Mission.  Most of downtown San Antonio is also flooded.

Police raid a northside residence suspected of being a brothel, arresting two 23-year old Houston women under prostitution charges and confiscating a “trick list” of customers.  Many of these are suspected to be local governmental officials.

After a tumultuous two seasons in San Antonio, Dennis Rodman is traded for Will Perdue.


December 30 in San Antonio history…

Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Industrial School in Alabama, passed through the city this morning on his way to California.

Brig. General Bliss ordered Miss Katherine Stinson to refrain from dangerous stunt flying while practicing at Ft. Sam Houston.

Warren McVea, of Brackenridge High School, and Linus Baer, of crosstown rival Lee High School, were named to the 1963 Texas Sportswriters Association Class AAAA all-state team.


December 3 in San Antonio history…

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word formally dedicate Santa Rosa Hospital, then known as Charity Hospital, located at Cameron and Commerce Streets.  An advertisement in the San Antonio Express promised that the Infirmary would open to “all persons without distinction of nationality or creed.”

Torrential rains caused widespread flooding throughout downtown San Antonio.

Five large South Texas utilities, including City Public Service, announced Tuesday that they have cancelled the 1983 target date for construction of a nuclear power plant in the San Antonio – Austin area. [Construction on the South Texas Nuclear Project was begun in Bay City on December 22, 1975 and it became commercially operational on August 25, 1988. – Ed.]

November 2 in San Antonio history…

The first game of baseball is played in San Antonio.

Directors of the Beethoven Maennerchor Assn. announced that Beethoven Hall, partially destroyed by fire yesterday, will be rebuilt as quickly as possible.

The Eagles bring their Hotel California tour to Convention Center Arena.  Opening act is J. D. Souther.

February 18 in San Antonio history…

On this day 150 years ago, a miltia of 1,000 armed Texans, calling themselves “The Knights of the Golden Circle,” surrounded Gen. David E. Twiggs’s 160-man garrison at San Antonio, forcing the general to surrender. Union soldiers were allowed to leave the state carrying their arms, but $1.6 million of government property was left to be seized by the Confederacy. Texas took possession of the 20 military installations, 44 cannon, 1,900 muskets, 400 pistols, 2 magazines of ammunition, 500 wagons, and 950 horses. For his surrender of Texas, Twiggs was called a traitor to the Union. On March 1, 1861, Twiggs was dismissed from the Union Army by President Buchanan. Ten weeks later he was commissioned as a Major General in the Confederate Army and transferred to New Orleans to command the District of Louisiana. Twiggs retired shortly thereafter and died at age 72 near Augusta, Georgia on July 15, 1862.

You can read more about this here and here.

The high-powered automobile used by Chief Wright of the fire department is in service again, after an absence from the streets of more than a week. While responding to a fire recently, the rods that connect the gears of the machine broke and it was necessary to send to the factory to obtain the necessary parts.

The Marx Brothers appear at the (old) Majestic Theater as part of a vaudeville review of 27 people.