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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.

January 26 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The President urges Americans to have two wheatless days weekly and one wheatless meal daily to reduce wheat consumption in the United States by 30 percent.

A skeptical audience charged the stage at Beethoven Hall last night after group of mediums failed to convince the crowd that their spiritual demonstrations were worth the price of admission.  Police were called to disperse the angry crowd.

The Plaza Hotel (later the Granada) holds its grand opening.

January 7 in San Antonio history…

The first passenger train to Floresville went out over the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

As a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a window of the St. Anthony Hotel yesterday morning about 4 o’clock, Henry Lee Borden, 39 years old, prominent lawyer of Houston, died this morning at a local sanitarium.  John T. Crotty, also of Houston, who shared the hotel room with Judge Borden, gave it as his belief that Borden, half awake, mistook the window opening for a door and walked out, falling before he could catch his balance.

The first talking picture is shown as a press premiere at the Aztec Theater:  ”Don Juan” starring John Barrymore (right)

December 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The spring Fiesta in commemoration of the Battle of San Jacinto, observed annually in San Antonio for the last twenty-three years, is to be abandoned next spring because of the war conditions which make it impossible to obtain excursion rates on the railroads or to secure railroad equipment under any conditions to accommodate the thousands of visitors.

The Texas Theater celebrates the one year anniversary of their grand opening by offering free admission to anyone who attended the first performance last year and can show the ticket stub or souvenir program to prove it.

Eastwood Country Club features “The Fabulous Ike and Tina Turner Revue (right).”