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May 23 in San Antonio history…

1918
Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

1968
The San Antonio Express newspaper reports that County Commissioner A. J. Ploch has received death threats as a result of controversial comments he made about the CBS News program “Hunger in America,” filmed in San Antonio, that aired two nights ago.

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The San Antonio Riders play their final game and lose to Sacramento, 27-21, in front of 19,273 fans in San Marcos’s Bobcat Stadium.

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May 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
To supply the normalities of life to nearly one hundred thousand young men in the various fields, schools and camps surrounding San Antonio, and to provide a club and meeting place of the soldiers and citizens of the city there is being erected a magnificent community clubhouse in the rear of the Alamo on the old Gallagher property.

1927
From a sick bed in the St. Anthony Hotel, Porter Adams, president of the National Aeronautical Association announced a reception and $25,000 was awaiting Charles A. Lindbergh when the flyer arrives back in the U.S.

1968
The Rodriguez Brothers, known since 1920 for their beautiful and original memorial art, have just erected marble reproductions of Michaelangelo’s statues of Lorenzo De Medici and Giuliano De Medici.  These statues were imported from Carrara, Italy and are now on display at the South Entrance of Central Park Mall Shopping Center.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

1892
The cricket match between San Antonio and Kerrville was won by San Antonio today. The sun was hot.

1918 – World War I
It has now been definitely established that the plans of the War Department call for the reduction in the number of men assigned to Kelly Field and its final abandonment as a mobilization camp.  A recent memorandum states that Camp Greene in Charlotte, N.C. has been taken over by the aviation section of the Signal Corps for a mobilization camp and as rapidly as transportation can be secured, the troops at Kelly Field and Waco will be moved out.

1971
Elton John makes his first San Antonio appearance in Muncipal Auditorium.  Mark-Almond is opening act.

May 20 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Fifteen of the twenty-five arrests made Saturday and Sunday nights by the police vice squads were on charges of intoxication, this being the record number of arrests in which drunkenness has figured since the ten-mile dry zone became effective on April 12.

1959
Johnny Cash brings his Tennessee Two to Municipal Auditorium along with Carl Perkins, Jean Shepard, Hawkshaw Hawkins plus an extra added attraction – George Jones.

1995
The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

May 19 in San Antonio history

1918 – World War I
The Red Cross parade celebrating the war fund drive for $125,000 kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at Avenue D and Third street.

1927
The Texas Theater shows a one-night-only sneak preview of “Wings,” starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, before the official world premiere at the Criterion Theater in New York on August 12.  The motion picture was filmed in and around San Antonio and would win the first “Best Picture” Academy Award.

1990
It might go down in history as the most memorable turnover in Spurs history and one of the most excruciating moments endured by Spurs Nation. Rod Strickland’s ill-timed, two-handed, behind-the-back pass failed to connect with  Sean Elliott. The error paved the way for a Portland comeback which sparked the Trail Blazers to an improbable 108-105 overtime Game 7 victory in the Western Conference Semifinals in 1990.

May 18 in San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1918 – World War I
The Camp Travis baseball team takes on the University of Texas at 3 p.m.  The Camp Travis team wins, 6-1, behind the pitching of ex-Houston Buff, Oral “Lefty” Craig.

1979
Spurs fans are devastated when Bobby Dandridge hits a 12-foot jumper from the right baseline with eight seconds to play to cap a furious comeback that carries the Washington Bullets from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to a 107-105 National Basketball Association victory over the Spurs in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals.  The Spurs lose the series 4-3 becoming only the third team to lose a series in which they were up 3-1.  The boys in silver and black would have to wait another 20 years to make it to the NBA Finals.

May 17 in San Antonio history…

1906
The skating rink at Electric Park was opened to the public and the sport instantly was established as a favorite among young people.

1918 – World War I
J. B. Carrington of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, was today advised by the War Department of the complete details for the removal of the quartermaster’s supply department from Fort Sam Houston to either St. Louis or New Orleans, instead of Houston.

1976
The Arsenal property is offered for sale by the Texas National Guard and advertised as such in the Wall Street Journal  on a sealed-bid basis.

May 16 in San Antonio history…

1883
The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.

1918 – World War I
Congress enacts the Sedition Act, a set of amendments to the 1917 Espionage Act, making it a crime to use “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt. Those convicted under the act generally received sentences of imprisonment for five to 20 years.

1968
400 students at Edgewood High School in San Antonio hold a walkout and demonstration, and march to the district administration office. Ninety percent of the students in the Edgewood district are of Mexican origin. Among the students’ grievances are insufficient supplies and the lack of qualified teachers. 

May 15 in San Antonio history…

1918
The Soledad Roof dancing garden will open at 8 o’clock tonight for the 1918 summer dance season.  The Roof has been extensively redecorated and beautified, a large amount of money having been expended to make it meet the requirements of the soldiers and civilians of San Antonio who wish to spend a pleasant evening.

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Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio’s favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

1993
The Alamodome opens to the public. “This day was a long time coming, but it’s finally here,” said former mayor Henry Cisneros, now secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s the beginning of a new chapter in San Antonio’s life.”

May 13 in San Antonio history…

1900
Should the German-American citizens throw out their vote solid in one direction, their influence will be felt in the next county and city elections.

1918 – World War I
Miss Katherine Stinson, aviatrix, did not start her mail-carrying flight from Chicago to New York today, although the weather was ideal.  It was said that she was piqued because, against her wishes, public announcement was made of the hour at which she was to have started.

2004
In Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, Derek Fisher of the Lakers gets the ball with 0.4 seconds on the clock and nails a jump shot to defeat the Spurs, 74-73. The Spurs had rallied from 16 points down with 3:59 left in the third quarter. They had seemingly escaped with an improbable victory after Tim Duncan sank an 18-footer with 0.4 seconds left.