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October 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
An order is issued this morning that, beginning tomorrow, married men at Camp Travis who show no symptoms of influenza will be issued passes twice a week to come into San Antonio and see their families.  The rumor that the quarantine is lifted is declared to be “absolutely without formulation” by Major Van Meter, acting division surgeon.

1929
The City Central Bank today will join the ranks of the very few buildings in San Antonio which are equipped with new dial telephones. By 1931, the entire city is expected to be using dial phones.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

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October 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Ending with his sensational “Slide to Death” from the eight-story Alamo National Bank building, Johnny Reynolds, the “human fly,” will put on the most spectacular free show of the week tonight at 8 o’clock in the interest of the Liberty Loan.

1929
“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

1998
Janet Jackson brings her “Velvet Rope Tour” to the Alamodome, featuring an up-and-coming star in Usher Raymond.

October 6 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The funeral of David B. Sarran, the first San Antonio boy cited for bravery by Secretary Daniels of the U.S. Navy, who died of pneumonia last Monday at the Navy Hospital in Chicago, will be held with military honors at 10:00 a.m. this morning.  Burial will be at the National Cemetery.

1929
The San Antonio Express announces that a new $1,000,000 theater building, to adjoin the Texas Theater, will be built on Travis Street near the San Antonio River.  Plans for the building have been completed by Robert Boller of Kansas City, architect of the Texas Theater.  Construction work will be underway in 60 to 75 days.  (Due to the stock market crash that began on Oct. 24 and the Great Depression that followed, this theater was never built.)

1968
HemisFair ’68 comes to a close with a final total of 6,384,482 attendees.

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.

1929>June 14 in San Antonio history...
The “Greater” Majestic Theater opens its doors offering “The Singing Brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers on stage along with the Movietone Follies of 1929 (right).

2007
The Spurs win their fourth championship in nine years by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers.

April 25 in San Antonio history…

1831
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.”

1929
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…

1868
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.”

1929
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.”

1929express
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.”

1949
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

1929
The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Alamo and 3rd streets.

1975
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.

1929
Construction of the first buildings for the new “West Point of the Air” at Randolph Field will begin within the next 10 days.

1969
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.

1926
The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

1929
“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.