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July 19 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio began keeping weather statistics in 1885.  On this day in that year, the temperature dropped to 65 and it’s still the record low.

1918 – World War I
Secretary of War Baker deems professional baseball a non-essential occupation.  “I have decided that the work or fight regulations include baseball,” he said.  The secretary also expressed the opinion that draft regulations should be changed to include all persons employed solely in entertainment.

Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase six television stations, including WOAI in San Antonio.  The $412.5 million deal with Newport Television involves six stations in five markets, which reach about 3 percent of national TV households, according to a news release. In San Antonio, Sinclair also owns KABB, the local Fox station.


July 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two Kelly Field flyers are killed in separate airplane accidents and several soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston are injured when a truck they are riding in is hit by a train at the intersection of the Quintana Road and the I. & G. N. railroad.

It was reported to the City Council that the City of Leon Valley is not suitable for total annexation by San Antonio, because the city presently could not adequately service the small town with utilities.

“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Riders initially think it is a joke – until they see the guns are real. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.
As of 2018, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.


July 17 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio’s city limits are set as one square league with the dome of San Fernando Cathedral as center, divided into four wards.

1918 – World War I
The Russian royal family:  Tsar Nicolas II, his wife Alexandra (granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria), and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, are assassinated by Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” has its San Antonio premiere in 70mm at North Star Mall’s Cinema II.  “The Green Berets” starring John Wayne plays at Cinema I.

July 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonio aviator Edgar Tobin shoots down two German fighter planes over Vieville, France for which he receives the Distinguished Flying Cross:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar Gardner Tobin, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville, France, July 16, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines in the region of Vieville, First Lieutenant Tobin attacked an enemy formation of six single-seaters. He destroyed two himself and forced down a third out of control.

Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

Parade fanfare and visits by Gov. Shivers and Hollywood stars will mark the world premiere of “The Man From the Alamo” at the Majestic Theater today.

July 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I 
Col. R. Smith-Barry, Lieut. Col. George Philippi and Major Henan, all of the Royal Air Force, who are now on a tour of the flying fields of the United States, will leave San Antonio later today after visiting Brooks and Kelly Fields.

The first general meeting of the San Antonio civil defense organization was held in the Gunter Hotel and resulted in a collection of many aluminum pots and pans.

The Jacksons, featuring lead singer Michael Jackson, play a concert in Hemisfair Arena, the fifth stop on a tour that began July 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two bottles of beer mailed to a Camp Travis soldier by a civilian friend have been confiscated by Capt. Dick Fleming, camp intelligence officer.  The soldier is “on the carpet” to tell what he knows about the situation and the civilian may face repercussions.  A dozen or more soldiers have offered to dispose of the beer.

The Varsity Drive-In Theater at Culebra and Bandera roads holds its grand opening, showing “An Apartment for Peggy.”

General Cinema Corporation begins selling reserved seat tickets to the San Antonio premiere showing of “2001: A Space Odyssey” that begins on the 17th at Cinema II located at North Star Mall.

July 13 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Daily Herald newspaper ceases publication.

1918 – World War I
The Fatherless Children of France Committee in San Antonio establishes a booth in the St. Anthony Hotel selling items to raise funds for French babies orphaned by the war.

Pvt. Ralph Watson chose Friday the 13th to make his 13th parachute jump at Kelly Field but the Kelly commander, Lt. Col. Henry B. Clagett, nixed his plan to push a parachuted black cat from the plane first.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

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.

1918 – World War I
Second Lieutenant John J. Ryan, National Guard, formerly on duty with the 305th Cavalry Regiment at Camp Stanley, has been sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and five years in prison, following his conviction before a court-martial, of unlawfully marrying.  The officer was married in Chicago, October 12, 1915 and without procuring a divorce and while his first wife was living, married another woman at Waco, April 1, 1918.  He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Architects unveiled before the HemisFair executive committee completed designs and scale-model photographs of the proposed Institute of Texan Cultures.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

1918 – World War I
District Deputy Food Administration G. F. Taylor stated this morning that due to the numerous requests for more than the allotted 25 pounds of sugar for preserving purposes, another 25 pounds could be made available to families upon special permit from the food administration when the necessity for it is established.

Tickets go on sale for the Elvis Presley concert scheduled for August 27 in the Convention Center Arena.  They are available only at the arena box office either in-person or by mail order and sell for $12.75, $10.25 and $7.75 including service charge..   Mail order tickets should be addressed to Elvis Presley, Box 6588, San Antonio, 78201. Enclosed should be a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a note stating how many tickets are needed and at what price, along with a money order for the amount. “There will be no telephone orders,” said Joe Miller of San Antonio Ticket Services.

July 10 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Jose Bathing Beach at Terrell Wells Bath House is reopened to bathers.

More than an inch of rain flooded low-lying San Antonio areas, forcing the evacuation of several homes and stalling cars hampering traffic.

San Antonio International Airport records a 77 mph microburst, which causes damage to area buildings and an elementary school.