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January 1 in San Antonio history…

The automobile crash that took the life of Fire Chief William P. Bishop and Lt. Kooplin yesterday claims two more lives as Claude Ratterree, the chief’s chauffeur, and 10-year-old M. D. George die at Robert B. Green hospital.

The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

Weather forecasters are predicting a 50% chance of freezing rain and/or snow for late tonight and tomorrow morning.  Temperatures are predicted to drop into the upper 20’s tomorrow morning with wind velocities between 15 and 25 mph.


November 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Girls’ Patriotic Week was launched enthusiastically last night at Beethoven Hall.  Dr. Mabel Ulrich of Johns Hopkins University arrived today and will give lectures to girls at Brackenridge High School and employed girls at the Y.W.C.A. this evening.  The meeting yesterday was for the purpose of showing the girls what they could do to serve their country: the girl’s principal duty is to make herself as efficient as possible in her particular activities and to hold and strive for the highest and truest of ideals.

The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers perform at the AT&T.  Cyrus performs as herself and her Disney alter-ego Hannah Montana.

October 3 in San Antonio history….

1917 – World War I
It is possible that Kelly Field No. 3 and No. 4 may never be built as planned and that instead about 18,000 acres of land on the opposite side of San Antonio may be obtained for the location of the two camps.  This was made known at the headquarters of Kelly Field this afternoon.

Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

July 4 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Grand Opera House shows a film of General Pershing’s arrival in France (right).

Receding waters of the Guadalupe and Frio river floods today have left six dead, hundreds homeless and property damage which may run into millions. Highway traffic is still cut off between Sim Antonio and Kerrville, with water still two feet over the bridge at Comfort.

What Texas lacked in firework displays today was to be made up in another sort of pyrotechnic demonstration—manufacturing the
sinews of war for the nation fighting to maintain freedom. In factories humming along on work-a-day schedule, workers celebrated independence day in concrete fashion—by turning out the material needed to crush the Axis.

June 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
W. P. Bishop is now in charge as chief of the San Antonio fire department. He was nominated by Commissioner Lowther at the council meeting yesterday afternoon and confirmed without opposition. Immediately after the meeting Chief Bishop made his bond and took the oath of office. He was escorted down the steps of the city hall by admiring friends and amid their cheers stepped into the front seat of the chief’s big red car and with Phil Wright, the retiring chief occupying the rear seat, drove over to the Central fire and police station .

The Royal Theater is to be re­modeled and refurnished and undergo improvements which will represent an expenditure of $40,000. The theater will close tonight and work of reconstruction will begin Wednesday, so as to be completed for the opening of next season, September 1.

1942 roadrunners
Joske’s installs the first escalators in San Antonio and begins their “Joske Days” sale two days late in order to showcase them.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.


May 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson today renewed his efforts to put an enforced newspaper censorship section into the espionage bill. Senators Overman, Fletcher and Nelson, the Senate’s conferees on the bill, were called to the White House and urged by the President to agree to a censorship section which the House since has rejected. They were asked to learn whether it is possible to allay the senate’s objections and if possible bring out a new and so-called modified censorship clause. President Wilson told the Senate conferees that he deems authority to invoke censorship of some sort absolutely essential.

Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

San Antonio’s last living Civil War veteran, Charles Sickles, is buried in the National Cemetery.

March 6 in San Antonio history…

The final assault on the Alamo begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. Mexican forces take huge losses but capture the compound, killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out within the walls of the fortified mission for thirteen days.

Parachutes saved the lives of Kelly flyers, Lt. C. D. McAllister and Cadet Charles A. Lindbergh, today when their planes collided in mid-air.  This is said to be the first time that two pilots have saved themselves by use of parachutes after a mid-air collision.

The San Antonio Express reports that several new buildings and an enlarged campus will result from the merger of the University of San Antonio and Trinity University in September.  The full extent of the program was not divulged, but Dr. Wear, President of Trinity University, said that it had been fully worked out and that plans were already on paper.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

Trinity University, a Presbyterian institution in Waxahachie, agrees to relocate to San Antonio and merge with the University of San Antonio, a Methodist university.

Jack Handey, of Deep Thoughts fame, was born in San Antonio on this day.

Blake Shelton performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in the AT&T Center.

February 13 in San Antonio history…

On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope came to town, not on the road, but by train today to boost the Red Cross War Relief Fund. Both were getting a little shut-eye before playing in the first 18 holes of the Texas Open.

All attendance records for the weekend  at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition were broken when an estimated 40,000 persons yesterday brought the three-day total to 105,000.

November 30 in San Antonio history…

Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield (right), as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies.  It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.

Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.

The University of Arkansas plays UTSA in an early season game at Convention Center Arena.  The defending SWC champion Razorbacks prevail, 71-42.