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September 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that all men between 18 and 45 years of age must report to their precinct polling places between 7 A.M. and 9 P.M. tomorrow to register for the draft.  Even the sick and inmates of penal institutions must register.

Sam Street, Chief of Detectives, dies after being shot yesterday trying to stop a holdup in a local Piggly Wiggly grocery store at the corner of San Pedro and Laurel.

Porter Loring purchases an iron lung for the city to be placed at a location agreed upon by the city’s physicians.  “The only rule that I, as its donor, will insist upon,”  he said, “is that it shall be available to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, color or situation of life, without cost.”  Mr. Loring receives a bronze plaque and is named by the Elks as “the most outstanding citizen of 1937” for his generous gift.


August 12 in San Antonio history…

Frost Bank moves into its new multistory “skyscraper” at the SW corner of Commerce and Flores streets (now the Municipal Plaza Building.)

“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York.  The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper.  The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Kelly’s gigantic C-99, heretofore known as the XC-99 will open a new area in its historic flights today when it takes off on its first intercontinental flight for Europe.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

Women are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary in Texas for the first time.  Candidate William P. Hobby for governor, Annie Webb Blanton for state superintendent of public instruction and other candidates favored by the women are victorious.

Despite Department of Commerce rulings that Stinson Field is too small for a Class A municipal airport, Phil Wright, acting mayor, said he was going ahead with plans to clear the land there.

Contruction of a gigantic hangar at Kelly Air Force Base, capable of housing 10 huge B-36 bombers simultaneously, will begin early in September.  According to reports here it will be the largest building in the world.

June 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Lieut. Pat O’Brien, the dare-devil aviator, lecturer and writer, who told of his experiences in escaping from a German prison camp before a large audience in San Antonio last night, took a tumble in an airplane at Kelly Field this morning but suffered no injuries except a scratched face and a broken nose.

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The “Greater” Majestic Theater opens its doors offering “The Singing Brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers on stage along with the Movietone Follies of 1929 (right).

The Spurs win their fourth championship in nine years by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers.

June 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The second largest court-martial ever held in San Antonio and the third largest in the history of the United States army begins today when forty-five drafted men of the 165th depot brigade go to trial on charges of refusal to obey military orders. The men are “conscientious objectors.”

Charles Lindbergh’s sister plane, Pride of San Diego (right), owned and piloted by Frank M. Hawks of Houston, Texas and carrying D.W. Campbell, representing San Diego Chamber of Commerce and Ryan Company, builders of Spirit of St. Louis, will arrive in San Antonio about 3 o’clock this afternoon.

The San Antonio Light reports that a “well-known Major General” has been demoted to Lt. Colonel for stating at a cocktail party in London, “On my honor, the invasion will begin no later than June 15.”  This former General, Henry J. F. Miller, had commanded the San Antonio Air Depot at Duncan Field until 1941. He was demoted by General Eisenhower, a former classmate at West Point.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

April 12 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero (“The Alamo”) secularized by decree.

1918 – World War I
Mayor Bell is in receipt of the first letter delivered here by airplane.  In fact, there were two letters, one from W. E. Anderson, city manager of Brownsville and the other from M. Rickey, mayor of San Benito.  The letters were brought in my Major Decker of the U.S. Aviation Corps, who flew to San Antonio from Brownsville, stopping at both San Benito and Kingsville.

Shortly before 7 p.m., an F5 tornado hits the town of Rocksprings, Texas.  Nearly one mile wide, the monster tornado demolished Rocksprings, destroying 235 of the 247 buildings in the town, killing 74 people and injuring 205 – almost one-third of the population.  If a proportional disaster hit San Antonio today it would mean the deaths of almost 100,000 people.

March 28 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Salvation Army’s drive for $10,000, San Antonio’s quota for the money being raised for Salvation Army work in the military camps, was launched yesterday with a luncheon in the St. Anthony Hotel.

The new Magnolia gas station at Broadway and the Austin Highway opens for business (photo, right, taken in 2011).

Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, perform at Municipal Auditorium along with their children, Roseanne Cash, Rosey Nix and Carlene Carter.

February 16 in San Antonio history…

U.S. Government property is surrendered by General Twiggs at San Antonio to the Secession Convention Commissioners. If this had not been a peaceful transfer, it would be known as the event that started the Civil War – right here in San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
The inter-camp boxing and wrestling tournament, which was scheduled to take place at Kelly Field tonight, will be staged at Beethoven Hall, beginning at 8 o’clock, sharp, according to an announcement from M. C. Salassa, physical director of the Army Y. M. C. A. at Kelly Field.  The rain interfered with the program at Kelly Field as the ring on the flying grounds is pitched in the open.

A. J. Drossaerts (right) became the first archbishop of San Antonio at noon today.  In San Fernando Cathedral, crowded to the doors by the thousands, the wool band with four crosses was placed on his shoulders by Archbishop John W. Shaw of New Orleans.