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November 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The airplane that fell inside of Mexican territory months ago when Col. H. S. Bishop and Lieut. W. A. Robertson of the San Diego, Cal., flying station, came near losing their lives, has been salvaged and is now in the repair shops at Kelly Field.  The plane reached San Antonio yesterday by freight, coming from Ajo, Arizona.  It was brought there by civilians who entered Mexico about six weeks ago and hauled the plane out on a motor truck.

The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

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Billy Joel visits brings his “52nd Street” tour to Convention Center Arena.


August 31 in San Antonio history…

First recorded baptism in the parish of San Fernando, Ignacia Agustina Munoz y Morillo.

1917 – World War I
The 103d Aero Squadron is organized at Kelly Field.  Its original complement included pilots from the disbanded Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Corps.

The Texas Theater advertises “Animal Crackers” starring the Marx Brothers plus an upcoming feature starring San Antonio-born Joan Crawford.


July 14 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Soldiers’ Club on the sixth floor of the Calcasieu building was formally dedicated last night with a brief but interesting program, and turned over to the enlisted men to operate for their own benefit by the War Recreation Board. Following the entertainment features the following soldiers were elected to serve as a temporary house committee in charge of the club until the organization is affected and officers elected by the men: Sergeant Melba of the Third Field Artillery; Sergeants Magunson and Hankler of the Nineteenth Infantry; Sergeant Stamper and Corporal Coates of the Third Cavalry.

A young man with a gunny sack full of marijuana was arrested by Detective Ruhnke this morning when he spotted the stems poking through the sack.  It is believed to be the largest quantity of the weed to be confiscated by police here since the enactment of a a law against its possession last September.

The Sunken Garden Theatre is dedicated and opened with a performance of “The Bohemian Girl” by the San Antonio Civic Opera.

March 14 in San Antonio history…

Following the reading of an apology by Fred Meister, charged Saturday night with having “abused and cursed the President of the United States,” the complaint against him was dismissed this afternoon.

1930San Antonio Light photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News
Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street.  The Light‘s new plant will be one of the most modern in the country. [Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News]

Fiesta Texas holds a soft opening today, offering reporters and intrepid souls rides on The Rattler, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. (It held this title until 1994, when The Rattler’s first drop was drastically shortened from 166 to 124 feet, resulting in a reduction of its top speed from 73 to 65 miles per hour.)

February 10 in San Antonio history…

A resolution is passed by city council to donate 40 acres of ground to the military on the eastern  portion of the city, on the site of the government corral near the present site of the post.  By this  grant, San Antonio won the military from Austin.

When Sgt. A. F. Farrar jumped from a disabled Dodd Field plane, the form-fitting, back-type parachute designed by Master Sgt. E. H. Nichols, Brooks Field, received its first emergency test and proved highly successful.

The oldest man to ever be drafted appears to be Alex Krisch of 120 E. Cypress Street.  He just received his discharge at Ft. Sam Houston and was 45 years and five months old at the time of his induction in September 1942.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Light reports that a giant horse named Dr. LeGear is attracting much attention at the fair.  Dr. LeGear is a dapple seal brown Percheron gelding, 21 hands tall, takes a 32 inch collar, is 16 feet from tip to tip, and is eight years old.

The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

Westmoorland College becomes the University of San Antonio.


November 11 in San Antonio history…

Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, recently appointed Chief of Staff of the Army, visits San Antonio for an Armistice Day banquet in his honor at the St. Anthony Hotel.  He is presented by Frank Lewis, a boyhood friend from his days as a student at the West Texas Military Academy here (right).

The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

Tech and Jefferson play for the City Conference title.  Each team comes into the game with only one loss. Tech hopes to end a 17-year losing streak to the Mustangs but it is not to be.  Jefferson wins, 20-13.

September 16 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

The Prospect Hill library opens at 1 p.m. today at 2322 Buena Vista. Mrs. Mary Walthall will be the librarian at the branch.  The library will be open every day except Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

John F. Kennedy High school opens.  It was slated to open on Sept.3 but was delayed due to a construction strike.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

A sulphur smoke bomb was thrown in the Uptown Theater, 719 Fredericksburg Road, at the beginning of the last show but failed to stop the performance. Lights were turned on and the small blaze extinguished with a chemical fire extinguisher without calling the fire department. No reason for the throwing of the bomb could be given by Sol Rosenberg, manager of the Community Theater chain which operates the Uptown.

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

August 24 in San Antonio history…

Vance & Bros. give one lot of land, for the erection of an Episcopal place of worship, to St. Mark’s congregation. Mr. S. A. Maverick also donates four city lots for church purposes.

The $2,000,000 Aurora Apartment Hotel opens in the Tobin Hill area at Howard and Laurel streets across from Crockett Park (right).

A drastic Army economy program today consigned Camp Stanley ammunition storage installation to mothballs. Camp Stanley, originally known as Camp Funston and located north of Leon Springs was established in 1917 for infantry training.