1918 – World War I
John Ringling, circus owner, has proposed using African elephants in the reconstruction of France after the war due to the shortage of mules and horses.
“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1962, premieres at the Central Park Fox theater.
Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson from Travis Park.
A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.
At the command of Brig. General Ryan, post commander at Ft. Sam Houston, officers of all units under his command have been ordered to grant passes to men of the Jewish faith, when requested, in order that they may attend devotional exercises on the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed (right). It will probably be opened to the public in early January as soon as all the furniture is installed. The bandstand contains San Antonio’s first “comfort station” (public restroom). “The basement, in which the comfort station is located, has a tile floor and ample sewer connections for the purpose to which it will be devoted. One room will be fitted up with first-aid appliances and it is proposed to have a nurse there so that persons injured or overcome while downtown can be given temporary dressings or treatment.”
KONO radio holds “The Annual KONO Radio Drunkathon.” KONO disc jockey Michael Black drinks than a half dozen one-ounce shots of hard liquor in the presence of a San Antonio police officer to illustrate how easy it is t o become legally intoxicated. He undertook the experiment as an example of what can happen to a drunk and why who drink New Year’s Eve shouldn’t drive. After seven drinks, he is declared legally intoxicated and pulled off the air. He took his own advice and was chauffeured home.
The temperature drops to 9 degrees, a record low for the date.
Miss Katherine Stinson, one of the nation’s most proficient flyers has promised to make a night flight in this city soon.
1917 – World War I
Construction has started on an ordinance storehouse for storage of ammunition and other ordinance supplies for the troops at Fort Sam Houston. The building is to be situated near the cavalry corral at the rear of the quadrangle building. It will be of fire-proof construction, 50 x 100 feet It will be completed within a month.
Radio stations KONO and KITY are sold by Mission Broadcasting Co. to Dallas-based Duffy Broadcasting Co., ending 60 years of continuous ownership by the Roth family.
After four years of remodeling and widening, Soledad was opened from Commerce to Houston.
A plan to air condition Municipal Auditorium as well as San Pedro Playhouse was revealed today by Mayor Callaghan by issuance of $200,000 in revenue bonds.
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.
San Antonio’s first and only skating rink has been opened at what was formerly the Soledad Theater.
Louis Santikos opens the Rialto Theater with “Camille” starring Rudolph Valentino and Nazimova.
WOAI-TV hits the airwaves. It begins broadcasting at 4:45 p.m. and signs off at 8 p.m. It is the first television station in San Antonio.
Police cars were equipped with sirens similar to those used by the fire department. They were to be used only while the cars were responding to emergency calls.
The San Antonio postoffice band has accepted an invitation to entertain and be entertained at the Kendall County Fair. Postmaster P.G. Lucas has announced. John L. Meyer, director of the band, will be in charge.
The Soledad Roof outdoor movie theater opens “on the banks of the San Antonio River where cool breezes blow.” Along with motion pictures – music, dancing and live entertainment is offered. The rooftop theater is located on top of the building that would later house Solo Serve downtown.
Postmaster Dan Quill said the “master” number of the new ZIP code designations for San Antonio is 782.
The fifth annual commencement exercises of St. Mary’s College took place at Beethoven Hall this morning.
The St. Anthony Hotel opened its new roof garden with the Royal Hungarian Orchestra and the dancing of Fenner and Tolman.
The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.
New Braunfels Academy, the first free school in Texas, is chartered in neighboring Comal county. The charter provides that the school be governed by a board of six trustees, the mayor of New Braunfels, and the Comal county judge. It was supported by a city tax and tuition. New Braunfels is said to be the first city in Texas in which the citizens voted unanimously to impose a tax to support a school.
The first passenger train leaves San Antonio bound for New York. Military officers are aboard the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio train, nicknamed the “Sunset Route.”
The Bexar County Medical Society voted to build a $20,000 structure for members’ offices.