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January 20 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Light reports that in the eleven months since the Milam Cafeteria opened (February 1, 1928), over half a million people have eaten in the restaurant – nearly twice the population of San Antonio.


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.

April 25 in San Antonio history…

Thirty-five year-old Kentuckian James Bowie marries 19-year-old Ursula Veramendi in San Fernando Cathedral.  Ursula Bowie will die of cholera on Sept. 10, 1833 in Monclova, Mexico.  James Bowie will die on March 6, 1836 defending the Alamo.

1918 – World War I
The new American tank, a steam-powered, flame-throwing giant, has been completed in Boston at a cost of $60,000 and was formally christened “America.”

A hamburger stand directly under the ancient Hapsburg coat-of-arms on the old Spanish Governor’s Palace has been ordered removed.

December 21 in San Antonio history…

The first Fair of the Agricultural and Industrial Association of Western Texas is opened.

1917 – World War I
Every once in a while a man comes forward and says frankly why he did a thing without trying to make an excuse and this happened at Kelly Field the other day.  There are no speedometers on the trucks and the favorite excuse is that the driver did not know how fast he was going.  An accused driver the other day said, “I’ll tell you the truth, sir.  I just like to ride fast.  That’s the reason I was doing it.”

San Antonio receives nearly three inches of snow, a fraction of the snowfall in Central Texas.  The town of Clifton receives 24 inches, still the greatest amount of snow ever to fall in Texas.

October 29 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Treasury Secretary McAdoo has issued a statement asserting his belief that women are qualified for the ballot and expressing the hope that they would get it in New York.  Mr. McAdoo says:  “The time has come when suffrage should be given to the women of America.  The women of the United States have in every way, especially since this war has broken out, shown themselves qualified for the right of suffrage.”

The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right).  The day is inauspicious due to the second day of panic selling on Wall Street.  The stock market crash reaches its crescendo today and will come to be known as “Black Tuesday.”

All lights in Bexar County were out for the first time in history last night due to a public service power failure. The blackout extended beyond the county limits as far as Comfort, Boerne, Kerrville, New Braunfels, and Floresville.


October 28 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Mayor issues a proclamation “To Loyal San Antonio Women:”

Whereas, the President of the United States, has, through National Food Administrator Hoover, called on every loyal American woman to save food, and
Whereas, thousands of woman and children in Europe are suffering from hunger and unless we save our staple foods and eat as far as possible the more perishable foods our boys in France may go hungry and our own people be short of food.
Now, therefore, believing that it is our patriotic duty to help not only our country at this crisis but to aid suffering humanity, I, Sam C. Bell, mayor of San Antonio, do hereby urge every woman in this city to sign the Food Pledge Card, and to put in the front window the Food Membership Card, and above all to follow the instructions of the Home Card and save food.              SAM C. BELL

The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Alamo and 3rd streets.

The rock band Rush plays their first concert in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo. Heyoka opens the show.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Failure to familiarize themselves with the terms of the draft law applying to army desertions is leading peace officers to make many arrests where the men arrested are not really deserters, according to the announcement today at Camp Travis.  A number of men have been brought to the camp by peace officers, who were later released, as they were not deserters. Maj. E. C. McNeil, division inspector said yesterday that that the local boards in many instances were not familiar with the law and in some instances were responsible for these arrests.

Construction of the first buildings for the new “West Point of the Air” at Randolph Field will begin within the next 10 days.

Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena (right).

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A tract of land directly south of San Antonio comprising approximately 1600 acres is being assembled by a committee from the Chamber of Commerce for submission to the War Department as a site for a new aviation field.  This new tract is about six miles away from Kelly Field and directly south of the city.  It is bounded on the north by the Upson Road, on the east by the Southton Road and on the west by the Goliad Road.

The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Making the charge that San Antonio citizens showed neglect in not giving the city’s guardsmen a proper farewell when they left for the training camp in Fort Worth, a member of the First Texas Infantry has written a letter to a friend in San Antonio in which he intimates that if a similar number of soldiers had left the city to join the Kaiser’s army there would have been a larger crowd of applauding friends at the station to see them off.

Studer Camera Company is established by Ben Studer in a small building on the front of a lot at 2118 Main Avenue.

The first black students in San Antonio’s history to be accepted for classes in public high schools with white students have been enrolled in Edgewood High School.

June 8 in San Antonio history…

Construction of the Sunken Garden Theater is begun.

The Reptile Garden opens at the Witte Museum.  (It would close in 1975.)

Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen, stars of the new Disney movie “Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier” are in San Antonio for the movie’s world premiere at the Majestic Theater tonight.