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November 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With Thanksgiving drawing near, all eyes have been turned to the football game to be played between the 90th Division from Camp Travis and the All-Kelly Field team, representing the aviation section of the army.  This game, which is expected to be one of the most interesting ever staged in San Antonio, will be played at 2:30 o’clock on Thanksgiving Day.

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

1959
Tennis pros Althea Gibson and Karol Fageros play a 45-minute exhibition tennis match at halftime of the Harlem Globetrotters game vs. the Baltimore Rockets at Alamo Stadium gymnasium.

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November 14 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the funeral for Sidney Brooks (right), cadet aviator at Kelly Field No. 2, will be held at the home of his parents, Judge and Mrs. S. J. Brooks, 225 Crofton Avenue, tomorrow at 3 o’clock.  At that time, the flag at Kelly Field will be placed at half-mast in honor of the young aviator.  A military band will be provided and the coffin, draped in an American flag, will be carried to the cemetery on a caisson.

1923
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of (old) Majestic Theater.

1964
The Brackenridge Park skyride was opened to the public.

 

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1903
Staacke Brothers advertises that no mechanical ability is required to operate a motorcar – ‘We will teach you to drive like an expert in a few minutes.”

World War I – 1917
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.

1962
Ground is broken for the new Westfall Branch Library where Vance Jackson meets the expressway.  Mayor Walter W. McAllister, library trustees and City Council members participate in the groundbreaking ceremonies.  The library is to be construced for a cost of $88,900.

 

August 13 in San Antonio history…

1923
Police Chief A. O. Van Riper and Traffic Capt. T. O. Miller supervised the inauguration of San Antonio’s new traffic light system, installed on Houston Street.

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For a full hour, three times daily and uninterrupted except for 15 minutes of cowboy music, the commercial use of television is being demonstrated on the fourth floor of Joske’s – the first display of television in the state of Texas (right).  Some of the spectators have made inquiries about the cost of the television machines and if they are for sale.  They can be purchased for about $350 ($3,793.95 in 2016 dollars!) and stored in the attic until television is here to stay.

1960
The Dallas Cowboys play their first game in the state of Texas right here in San Antonio – an exhibition game in Alamo Stadium against the newly relocated (from Chicago) St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals, featuring Texas Aggies John David Crow &  Bobby Joe Conrad, win, 20-13.

July 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The draft begins and the first five men drafted from San Antonio are:  Andres Perez, John Martinez, W. A. Shacklett, Philip Best and Lawrence Abernathy

1923
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.

1969
San Antonio, as well as the rest of the world, is awestruck watching Americans land on the moon.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

1923
The newly installed electric street lamps in Alamo Heights lit up the town for the first time tonight when all 63 lights were turned on.  The new lighting system was installed at a cost to the San Antonio Public Service Company of between $1,500 and $1,600.  The city of Alamo Heights will pay an annual rental on each lamp.

1963
San Antonio banks let it be known Thursday they are willing to lend $4.5 million, the sum required to launch the HemisFair project.

May 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Menger Hotel offers “Old Glory Night,” a night dedicated to the military, with dinner and music.

1923
The Travis Building and Robert E. Lee Hotel are opened.

1933
San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, “The Singing Brakeman” dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

November 30 in San Antonio history…

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Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield (right), as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies.  It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.

1942
Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.

1981
The University of Arkansas plays UTSA in an early season game at Convention Center Arena.  The defending SWC champion Razorbacks prevail, 71-42.

November 17 in San Antonio history….

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

1934
Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. LBJ didn’t have a wedding band for her and had asked Dan Quill, friend and Postmaster of San Antonio, to get one. Quill bought a wedding band at the nearby Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $2.50.  (The Sears store was located in what is now called the Tower Life Building.) After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

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Tosh Togo (right), a wrestler making his first appearance in San Antonio, fights to a draw in a 15-minute match with Larry Chene at Wrestlethon at Municipal Auditorium.  (Togo’s real name was Toshiyuki “Harold” Sakata, and he would find fame ten years later as the mute henchman to the titular villain in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.”)

 

November 14 in San Antonio history…

1923
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of the (old) Majestic Theater.

1936
With science predicting that half of America will be living in trailers within the next 15 years, San Antonio was at the start of a record-breaking tourist season and the title “Highway gypsy capital of the U.S.”

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Waylon Jennings brings his Country & Western All-Star Show to Convention Center Arena, featuring his wife Jessi Colter, Tompall (Glaser) and the Outlaw Band, and Rusty Weir.  These performers, with Willie Nelson replacing Rusty Weir, would be featured on the album “Wanted!  The Outlaws” the following year.  This was the first country & western album to be certified platinum with sales of one million copies.