The Hot Wells Hotel is consumed by fire. (It will burn three more times over the next 90 years.)
1917 – World War I
The funeral of First Lieutenant Irving Murdock McCracken, who was killed at Camp Kearny, San Diego, Cal., last Tuesday afternoon when a hand grenade exploded during practice, will be held from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 3 o’clock this afternoon. The body will be escorted by a detachment from the Nineteenth Infantry, Fort Sam Houston. Interment will be made in City Cemetery No. 3.
Managers of all of San Antonio’s hotels, motels and night clubs have promised to cooperate with the Prohibition agents to keep the city bone dry for the Christmas weekend.
Former President of Mexico Juan Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna dies of old age in Mexico City.
1917 – World War I
Eight companies of the men in training at Camp Funston [now Camp Stanley] will receive pay for their first month’s work Monday and the remaining companies will be paid Wednesday. The first payment w ill be $100 per man with mileage for those who came to the camp from other cities. The camp has a strength of about 2,700 men and this will mean the paying out of almost $300,000 in the two days set for payment. The work will be done by officers in tho finance department of the quartermaster’s department.
A new state law was passed, changing the name of the Southwest Insane Asylum to San Antonio State Hospital.
Architect’s drawings for the new $1,500,000 Texas Theater were published in the newspaper.
Marine SSgt Lucian Adams is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 28 October 1944, near St. Die, France.”
The final assault on the Alamo begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. Mexican forces take huge losses but capture the compound, killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out within the walls of the fortified mission for thirteen days.
Parachutes saved the lives of Kelly flyers, Lt. C. D. McAllister and Cadet Charles A. Lindbergh, today when their planes collided in mid-air. This is said to be the first time that two pilots have saved themselves by use of parachutes after a mid-air collision.
The San Antonio Express reports that several new buildings and an enlarged campus will result from the merger of the University of San Antonio and Trinity University in September. The full extent of the program was not divulged, but Dr. Wear, President of Trinity University, said that it had been fully worked out and that plans were already on paper.
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church announced plans for a new sanctuary at St. Mary’s and Ashby.
Soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston have been advised not to hitchhike by Col. Glenn S. Finley, Deputy Post Commander. “There will be no signaling to passing vehicles in any manner whatsoever by any army personnel whether they be standing or walking on the traveled portion of the roadways in the direction of traffic. Hitchhiking or thumbing rides is out. It is unmilitary and brings discredit to the service.”
The State Legislature prepared to end Bexar County’s “five-minute divorce” system.
Only in chasing criminals or in answering emergency calls will radio patrol cars be allowed to exceed a speed limit of 25 miles per hour in the future, according to an order issued today by Chief of Police Owen Kilday.
“It’s A Joke, Son!,” the new film featuring Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn (the inspiration for the animated character Foghorn Leghorn) premieres at the Aztec Theater with in-person appearances from cast members Una Merkel and June Lockhart (later a star on TV shows “Lassie” and “Lost in Space.”)
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.
A ban of hand-clapping or any other form of audible applause has been lifted in First Baptist Church. The pastor says the ban has proved embarrassing to visitors unfamiliar with the local regulation.
The Municipal Auditorium features a concert by the Grateful Dead, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Bonnie Hearne
Prohibition agents destroyed 526 bottles of bootleg beer a few doors away from Riverside Baptist Church.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus performs under the big top in San Antonio for the last time. All future performances will be in existing coliseums and stadiums.
Hanger 14, a wooden aircraft hangar constructed at Brooks Field in 1917, catches fire and burns to the ground. Six fire units, three from Brooks and three from San Antonio, fought the blaze on the structure. There were several explosions when high-pressure oxygen tanks and blank 20-mm ejection seat shells were set off by the fire.
San Antonio women planned a mass meeting to protest the extension of Crockett Street through Alamo Plaza. By letters, telephone and personal calls the women had been demanding the park be left as it was.
After 90 years as a female college, Incarnate Word College opens the fall semester as a fully coeducational institution.
Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year. Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.
The Dodge Brothers Automobile Company has offered a bulletproof car to the San Antonio City Police. The sedan is of standard construction, but which, it is claimed, will ride through a fusillade of .45-caliber bullets with perfect safety to the driver and other occupants. The body, mounted on a regular production Dodge passenger car chassis, is made of 10-gauge bulletproof metal. The windshield and windows are of bullet-proof glass.
Demolition of Fox Tech high school has begun. The 70-year-old buildings will be replaced with a $5 million, 3-000-student complex slated for completion in the fall of 1974. Tech students will go to Brackenridge High School while the work is under way. Construction starts in October.