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November 21 in San Antonio history…

The city holds a celebration from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion and grand opening of the Commerce Street widening project.

President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are in San Antonio to dedicate the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He is assassinated in Dallas the following day.

Janis Joplin’s scheduled concert in the Hemisfair Theater of the Performing Arts with Shiva’s Headband and Winter is cancelled (right).

November 13 in San Antonio history…

In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler (right), the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (now known as the Pearl Brewery), was murdered by his mistress, Emma Burgemeister.

Cadet Sidney J. Brooks crashes on a landing approach to Kelly Field No. 2.  He is the first San Antonian to lose his life during World War I.  Brooks had nearly completed his final pilot training flight when he apparently lost consciousness and crashed. An investigation revealed he might have had a bad reaction to a flu shot. Brooks Field, later Brooks Air Force Base, is named for him.

A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

Carl Hilmar Guenther who built the Guenther mills in 1859, dies at his residence at 205 Guenther Street.  He was born in Germany and came to the U.S. as a young man in 1848.

No less than 50,000 people pack Alamo Plaza to hear President Taft’s first public speech in this city.  Other thousands line the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater (not the current Majestic Theater.)

September 21 in San Antonio history…

City authorities declared they would strictly enforce the six-shooter ordinance, which required even law officers to obtain a permit from the mayor to carry a pistol.

In spite of the war in Europe, English and Irish in San Antonio joined hands with Germans to protest the changing of their street name from Washington to Prince Solms in order not to conflict with Washington Place in Laurel Heights.  It was not changed.  However, San Pedro Place was changed to Ashby Place.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

April 27 in San Antonio history…

The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

San Antonio Woolco stores offer San Antonio housewives the opportunity to trade-in their husbands. They offer 10 to 15 cents per pound of the husband’s weight toward the purchase of Whirlpool appliances.

During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from a parked motorhome (right). Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.

January 27 in San Antonio history…

After two women prisoners sawed their way out of Bexar County Jail, Commissioners Court pledge to purchase stronger bars.

“Aunt Susie,” a 30-year-old giraffe from Kenya, gave birth to a six-foot tall, 100 pound son at the San Antonio Zoo.

The San Pedro Manor apartments are consumed by a three-alarm raging inferno. (below)

November 19 in San Antonio history…

The University of Texas is trying to schedule a Thanksgiving Day game next fall with Notre Dame.  If Notre Dame accepts, it is fairly certain that the Longhorns will play Haskell in San Antonio sometime in the two weeks before Thanksgiving.

J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing criticism of Pompeo Coppini’s Alamo cenotaph and commented: “There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo.”

Trinity University has “A Conversation with Cary Grant” at Laurie Auditorium.  It is Mr. Grant’s last visit to the Alamo City.  He passed away prior to a similar show in Davenport, Iowa on November 29, 1986.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

The Braender Bulldog (right), the famous race car driven by Billy Chandler in the recent Indianapolis 500 auto race, is on display in the Gunter Hotel.

1918 – World War I
Construction on the $237,420 additional improvement to the base hospital at Fort Sam Houston was begun this morning.

The first college football game is played in the Alamodome.  Texas defeats SMU, 37-10.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

Lucky Strike model and Sweetheart of the Texas Centennial, Janice Jarratt (right), is born in San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
Deaths from pneumonia continue to be reported from the base hospitals at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Travis.  From noon yesterday to this morning, seven deaths were reported from the Fort Sam Houston base hospital.

Six new K-mart stores open in San Antonio today.  The stores are located at 7142 San Pedro Ave., 238 S.W. Military Drive, 315 S. Santa Rosa St., 4902 Frederickburg Rd., 8505 Broadway and 4343 W. Commerce. The six new K-marts are only part of an expansion of 1,400 K-marts worldwide.  (K-mart would close all their San Antonio locations in November 2002.)

April 27 in San Antonio history…

The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

1918 – World War I
H. S. Reed, a farmer, was taken from his home near Edinburg, fifteen miles north of McAllen today.  He was badly beaten and shot through the shoulder for allegedly refusing to subscribe for Liberty Bonds.  Reed refuses to talk and his assailants are unknown to police officers.

The first heart transplant in San Antonio was performed by a team of surgeons from Medical Center Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.