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January 12 in San Antonio history…

A permit is issued for the installation of escalator at Joske’s – San Antonio’s first.

The naming of Victor Alessandro as new permanent musical director and conductor of the San Antonio Symphony was announced by Symphony President Jesse H. Oppenheimer.

1985 – SNOW!
Just after midnight, it began to snow in San Antonio.  It snowed all night and most of the next day, finally dropping a record 13 inches of the white stuff on the Alamo City.  The previous record was 4.7 inches on January 30, 1949.  The Taco Cabana at San Pedro and Hildebrand stays open, too!


July 23 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
On a recent cross-country flight from Brooks Field to Ellington Field in Houston, four pigeons were taken and released by the aviators at altitudes varing from 2,000 to 4,500 feet.  The pigeons all reached the home field safely and promptly, the messages brought by them reporting the progress of the trip and the non-arrival of one of the airplanes.

The Pontiac “glass car,” (right) with a body made from plexiglas and featured in General Motors’ “Highways and Horizons” pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair, goes on display at Mission City Pontiac located at Tenth and Broadway.

Emma Tenayuca, San Antonio labor leader, dies at age 82

July 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I 
Col. R. Smith-Barry, Lieut. Col. George Philippi and Major Henan, all of the Royal Air Force, who are now on a tour of the flying fields of the United States, will leave San Antonio later today after visiting Brooks and Kelly Fields.

The first general meeting of the San Antonio civil defense organization was held in the Gunter Hotel and resulted in a collection of many aluminum pots and pans.

The Jacksons, featuring lead singer Michael Jackson, play a concert in Hemisfair Arena, the fifth stop on a tour that began July 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.

June 21 in San Antonio history…

Work on the Quartermaster’s Depot and Water Tower at Ft. Sam Houston is begun by Braden & Angus. It will have a height of over 88 feet.  The United States Congress has appropriated $100,000 for work on this Depot.

1918 – World War I
One hundred and thirty-five alien women citizens of enemy countries registered in Bexar County yesterday, the largest number to register in one that since the registration period opened.  Of those who registered yesterday, eighty-one were sisters from the Santa Rosa Hospital and the convents of Our Lady of Divine Providence and Our Lady of the Lake.

Jimmy Johnson’s Playland comes to San Antonio and holds its grand opening in its first location at 223 N. St. Mary’s Street.

January 27 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1918
President Wilson issues a proclamation putting the nation on war rations.  He called for observance of two wheatless days, Monday and Wednesday, one wheatless and one meatless meal daily, meatless Tuesday and porkless Saturday. Simultaneously the food administration announced its new “victory bread” to contain 20 per cent of cereals other than wheat, after February 24. It also announced Tuesday would be a porkless day in addition to Saturday.

The construction of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is completed.

A petition is being circulated in which citizens pledge not to eat meat for 30 days in order to reduce prices.  One man said: “A year ago, 20 cents worth of meat would keep my whole family going all day, but now it costs 40 cents.”

Two wrought iron signs bearing the inscription Arneson River Theater have been placed on the San Antonio River beautification project, J. A. Hazelrigg, manager of the WPA in the San Antonio district, reported today. Made by the WPA crafts project, one of the signs is six feet long with lettering eight inches in height. This sign has been placed over the archway entrance to the river beautification project at the La Villita entrance. The second sign, 10 to 20 inches in size, has been placed on the theater building.

December 25 in San Antonio history…

The roof and central dome of San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission collapse during a midnight Mass.  Fortunately, the mass is being held in an adjoining room instead of the nave.

1917 – World War I
A crisp and cool Christmas morning arrived in San Antonio today finding the city quiet and almost meditative.

Bing Crosby first performs “White Christmas” on Kraft Music Hall, which airs on San Antonio radio station KABC (now KKYX) at 11:15 a.m.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The day after war is declared on Austria, Brooks Field is dedicated and Kelly Field was in operation.

After yesterday’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial forces of Japan, and an impassioned speech by President Roosevelt, Congress declares war on Japan by near-unanimous vote.  The lone dissenting vote is Jeannette Rankin (R- Montana) who says, “As a woman I can’t go to war and I refuse to send anyone else.”  She was urged to change her vote or at least abstain so that the vote would be unanimous.  She refused.

Mayor White asked San Antonians to observe a moment of daily prayer in respect for the Korean crisis.

November 26 in San Antonio history…

The first regular trip in San Antonio of an electric motor car was made on the Alamo Electric Street Railway Company’s track from Navarro Street to the International Fair Grounds, south of the city (Thompson-Houston system).  Since the date, all the main street car lines adopted electric motor cars of this and the Sprague system, replacing mule-drawn streetcars.

1917 – World War I
Student officers at Camp Stanley will be sworn into the service at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning, the oath being administered by company commanders.  There are 1,436 men to be commissioned, ranking from second lieutenant to captain and all will be held to active duty.

The first pedestrian crossing lanes in San Antonio have been painted at the intersection of Alamo and Houston streets.

June 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Preliminary work on the building of cantonments for the 40,000 men to be housed at Camp Wilson after September will be started within a week and before another week elapses probably 5,000 mechanics and laborers will be hard at work on construction.

Jimmy Johnson’s Playland comes to San Antonio and holds its grand opening in its first location at 223 N. St. Mary’s Street.

The Police Department replaces their traditional royal and French blue uniforms  with dark navy blue.

May 8 in San Antonio history…

Jean Claude Neraz is consecrated as the second bishop of San Antonio, succeeding Bishop Pellicer.

1917 – World War I
The proposition to create Romana Plaza, at the north end of Soledad street, which has been under discussion by interested citizens for sev­ eral years, is to have the serious consideration of tho city council. The mayor, by resolution, was authorized to investigate and report back the estimated cost of this improvement which, in all previous discussions, has been linked with the widening project for Soledad Street. The tract of land which it is proposed should comprise the plaza is bounded by Romana, Dallas, Reynolds and Camden Streets and Main Avenue. It is an irregular block, one end of which is now occupied by the Main Avenue fire station. Should the project go through it is proposed that the city will donate this land to the plaza and acquire another site for the fire station.

In a precedent-making ceremony, the San Jose Mission was turned over to the National Park Service today as a result of an agreement between the Catholic Church, the county, and the Conservation Society of San Antonio, all of which deeded land to the Federal agency. Chief participants in the ceremonies were County Judge Charles W. Anderson, Archbishop Robert E. Lucey, Mrs. Lane Taylor, president of the Conservation Society; Undersecretary of the Interior Alvin J. Wirtz , and Wendell Mayes, chairman of the Texas State Park Board.