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.
1917 – World War I
Federal Marshal John H. Rogers this morning began checking over the names of German alien enemies who have permits to go within a half-mile of army properties and comparing them with a list of such aliens known to reside or work within the prohibited area. The an nouncement was made that those who have not applied for permits will be arrested at once if located within the forbidden territory. The President’s proclamation, which bars German alien enemies from going or remaining within a half mile of the army post, the arsenal and the aviation camp, went into effect this morning. In all, more than 200 German alien enemies have obtained the requisite permission to stay or go within the half mile area.
The Smith-Young Tower [now Tower Life Building] is completed at a cost of $3 million. It will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the late 1950s. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Northeast High School is officially renamed Douglas MacArthur High School.
King Antonio III, attended by members of his court, arrives by train at the International & Great Northern Railroad depot, is given a 21-gun salute and is escorted to the St. Anthony Hotel in a grand procession of decorated automobiles, where he is presented with the keys to the city.
Smoking by uniformed policemen while on duty is forbidden in a general order issued by Police Chief Owen Kilday today. Exempted from the order are men on dogwatch from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
La Posada Motor Hotel (now La Mansion del Rio) was “eternally opened” today at a 2:30 p.m. ceremony. Father Louis Blume, S.M., president of St. Mary’s University, Rabbi David Jacobson and Espiscopal Bishop R. Earl Dicus joined in the ecumenical blessing of the new hotel. Mayor W. W. McAllister then tossed a key off the balcony and into the San Antonio River to officially open the hotel. “The doors of La Posada will never again be locked,” said Tom Herring, president of the hotel company. The building previously housed the St. Mary’s School of Law before its conversion into a hotel.
Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is founded by Father Margil de Jesus, who names it in honor of San Jose, San Miguel and Governor Aguayo (Jose de Azlor y Virto de Vera, the Marquis de Aguayo, appointed Governor of Texas and Coahuila in 1719). Olivares protests its closeness to Mission San Antonio. Captain Alazar lays out the 10 leagues distance between the missions required by the Laws of the Indies in order to give it the protection of the presidio.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas formally open the Long Barracks at the Alamo.
The old City Hall clock which tolled the passing of the hours since it was placed in the tower in 1890 has been declared beyond human aid and will be retired.
City Council declares the Robert E. Lee Hotel a public nuisance.
2010 & 2011
Lady Antebellum performs on this date in two consecutive years at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
Snow falls on San Antonio! The town of Clifton, near Waco, receives 24 inches, still the greatest amount of snow ever to fall in Texas. The Alamo city receives a paltry 2.9 inches of the white stuff.
Southwestern Bell raises the price of a pay phone call from 10 cents to 20 cents statewide. The 10 cent rate had been in effect since 1957.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes the first of their annual holiday trips to San Antonio and performs in Municipal Auditorium.
The three new barless bear pits and Monkey Island at the zoo are completed opened for public viewing.
The Harte-Hanks company buys shares in the San Antonio Express newspaper from the Grice family.
Lanier defeats Fox Tech, 14-7 in the Chili Bowl – the first football game played in the Alamodome.
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.”
Under new city legislation enacted this morning, it will be unlawful for a person to operate a bicycle in the period between a half-hour after sundown to one-half hour before sunrise without proper lighting (an electric headlight and an electric taillight or red reflector.)
Hundred of city leaders and officials turn out for a lavish celebration atop the parking garage for the new $200 million Rivercenter Mall to inspect the construction. Mayor Henry Cisneros exclaims, “This is the greatest day for downtown San Antonio since Mayor W. W. McAllister announced… the World’s Fair in 1965.” When completed, the mall will include a 42-story, 1,000-room Marriott Hotel, which will be the tallest building in San Antonio.
The new underground restaurant in the Gunter Hotel – The Caveteria – opens today. (photo courtesy of the UTSA Zintgraff collection)
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410.
Former Brackenridge star Warren McVea catches a 99-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Cougars in their game against Washington State. This is the first football game ever played on Astroturf and still the longest touchdown pass in University of Houston history.
Studer Camera Company is established by Ben Studer in a small building on the front of a lot at 2118 Main Avenue.
Three hundred and twelve aluminum gadgets placed at strategic intervals along the street of downtown San Antonio, were set in motion on this date. Yes! That’s right….parking meters.
Comedian Jay Leno entertains at Laurie Auditorium