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.
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.
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.
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
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.
San Antonio, as well as the rest of the world, is awestruck watching Americans land on the moon.
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.
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.
San Antonio banks let it be known Thursday they are willing to lend $4.5 million, the sum required to launch the HemisFair project.
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.
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.
The University of Arkansas plays UTSA in an early season game at Convention Center Arena. The defending SWC champion Razorbacks prevail, 71-42.
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.
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.
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.”)
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of the (old) Majestic Theater.
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.”
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.
Actress and former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield, makes an appearance at the Empire Theatre. She is in San Antonio filming “The Warrens of Virginia” in Brackenridge Park.
KBUC Grand “New” Opry plays Municipal Auditorium, featuring newer country artists Charley Pride, Conway Twitty & the Lonely Blue Boys, Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers, Stonewall Jackson & His Minutemen and Jeanie C. Riley
Linda Condon of Boerne is selected as the winner of the contest to name the new hotel under construction at Main, Travis and Flores streets. The new hotel is to be managed by Percy Tyrrell. Here’s what she wrote: “Tyrrell, please look no further. No need to hesitate; I am sending to you, mister, a name I think is great. By patriotism, yes, I am prompted, also the cash, you see; So, please be a good fellow – WOAI broadcast – The Robert E. Lee.” For her winning submission, Linda receives $100.
The San Antonio Transit Company begins putting into service their new fleet of 50 air-conditioned city buses. The Alamo city is the first city in the world to have air-conditioned metropolitan buses. They even offer free rides on a downtown loop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
A photograph of the Goodyear blimp moored to the Transit Tower is shown on the front page of the San Antonio Light. It’s just an April Fool’s joke. The blimp is in San Antonio for a week but it is being kept at Municipal Airport.
Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault in the Alamo takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated into two batteries, the Mexican artillery, is brought to within 200 yards of the compound. More Texian reinforcements arrive in the late hours.
The Municipal Auditorium presents a concert featuring Billy Eckstine, Ruth Brown, The Clovers and Johnny Hodges.