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November 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I ends
The State Department makes the announcement at 2:45 a.m. that the armistice is signed and “The War to End All Wars” is ended.

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

Municipal Auditorium, dedicated in 1926 to San Antonio servicemen killed in World War I, is rededicated to include those killed in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Gutted by fire in 1979, the auditorium is scheduled to be reopened next year after almost $13 million in renovations.


October 27 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Around the motto “For the Boys Over There,” a campaign for United War Work will be waged over the nation for one week, beginning November 11.  In the San Antonio district, there are two counties, Bexar and Kendall.  A quota for Bexar County of $175,000 was suggested but the city and county will not stop until the sum of $200,000 is reached.

H.G. Wells, in San Antonio to attend the 65th annual United States Brewers Convention, meets Orson Welles for the first time at the Plaza Hotel.  Welles stopped in the city briefly, en route to Tucson to scout a movie location.  He admitted to being apprehensive at meeting the “War of the Worlds” author.

Barnes and Noble opens their first two San Antonio stores at Fiesta Trails shopping center on DeZavala and the Ingram Festival shopping center on Loop 410 near Ingram Mall.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Water Works are incorporated.

Nineteen-year-old Isaac Stern, violinist, will be heard in recital today at San Pedro Playhouse under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Club.

Black Sabbath plays Convention Center Arena with opening act Van Halen.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for the City and County Hospital.

1917 – World War I
A little girl living on Monterrey Street finds some glass in some chocolate candy.  The candy is traced to a local candy dealer who gladly surrenders his stock and offers to help officers in determining the source and cause.  Charles Breniman, local chief of the San Antonio branch of the Bureau of Investigation, has been in contact with his superiors in Washington.  There is some fear that this may be a plot by German agents or traitors to this nation.

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

October 23 in San Antonio history…

Eleven people, nine of which are children, drown when the San Antonio River floods after a torrential rain.  The house of Albert Liebe was washed from its foundation, resulting in the death of Mrs. Liebe and her infant child born just hours earlier, along with four other children: Henry, 14; Otilia, 8; Edna, 6; Edward, 4 and Mrs. August Liebe, Albert’s mother.

1917 – World War I
The circus bazaar and carnival being given by Alzafar Temple for the benefit of the Red Cross at Bowen’s Island, opened last night with a big crowd in attendance. The festivities were formally
inaugurated with a parade through the business section of the city that compared favorably with any circus pageant.

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San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

October 19 in San Antonio history…

The county commissioners’ court this afternoon, acting on a petition of about fifty property owners and residents along Fredericksburg road, entered an order changing the name to Foch Highway.  The petition of the property owners pointed out that it seemed that the name “Fredericksburg” which was given to the in honor of the late German Emperor, grandfather of the present Kaiser, was ill-advised in view of the world calamity that Germany has brought about and the road should be renamed in honor of Marshall Foch, the great general of France now leading the armies of the allies.

Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

September 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
No definite instructions have been issued by the War Department with reference to a third training camp at Leon Springs, according to an announcement this morning by Col. E. J. Fleming, reserve corps officer, Southern Department headquarters.

Alamo Stadium is completed and dedicated.

The legendary B. B. King performs at Sunken Garden Theater.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Only 130 more men are required this morning to complete the list of 2,500 who are to be given training as reserve officers at the Leon Springs camp. 487 men were added yesterday and the list is expected to be complete by tonight.

Los Angeles Heights is the first suburb incorporated into the city.

Blue Öyster Cult makes their first appearance in San Antonio, between Bloodrock and headliner Trapeze, in the Municipal Auditorium.  Cowbell player Gene Frenkel (right) does not appear.

March 9 in San Antonio history…

The first Canary Islanders arrive in San Antonio.  Their legacy lives on today in Main Plaza downtown, also called Plaza de las Islas.

President Wilson, in bed recuperating from a cold, signs a proclamation authorizing American merchant ships to arm themselves against German submarines operating in violation of international law.

The Resolution Trust Corp. sells the San Antonio Savings Association, founded 69 years ago and operated by three generations of the McAllister family, to a Dallas-based holding company that operates First Gibraltar Bank in a deal that will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $890 million.  At 6 p.m. the savings association was officially renamed First Gibraltar-San Antonio.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

Orders were issued today relieving Major B. D. Foulois as chief aviation officer of the Southern Department and designating Capt. Townsend Dodd, now in charge of the First Aero Squadron at Columbus, to succeed him.  Major Foulois will proceed to Washington for duty in the office of the Chief Signal Officer.

Work will start within one week at the traffic control project at Romana Plaza, most congested area in the city, Virden A. Rittgers, city traffic engineer, said today.

San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.