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November 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio, in San Antonio as the guest of F. E. Scobey, said today, “We shall never pay the stupendous cost of our unpreparedness again.  I expect to see 500,000 American youths trained every year of the future, no matter when or how this present war ends.  So you can look for these enormous army additions in San Antonio to be more or less permanent.  The Congress will adopt universal military training this winter.”

A 38-year-old woman who considers herself “not bad looking,” offered to marry anybody who can furnish shelter for her and her daughter.  In a letter to Mayor Mauermann the woman said she was desperate because she had been unable to afford rent.

San Antonio voters establish the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Authority (VIA) in San Antonio.



July 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The newspapers report that the draft will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and 1,374,000 men nationwide will be called.

The crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” will tell the inside story of their 25 bombing missions at the war bond rally to be held in their honor at Municipal Auditorium tonight at 8:30 p.m.

May 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
It is widely believed that Major General Pershing will not be returning to San Antonio to resume his command of the Southern Department at Ft. Sam Houston. Those interested in army affairs are speculating as to whether General Pershing will be named to head a contingent to France or be kept in Washington to fill the place of General Hugh L. Scott as chief of staff, with the greatest weight of opinion inclining toward the first view.

1943>May 15 in San Antonio History...
Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio’s favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

Colonies North Elementary School announces that it will become the first school in San Antonio to require students wear school uniforms this fall.

February 13 in San Antonio history…

Jose Irtubi performs Grieg’s “Piano Concerto”, “Rhapsody in Blue,” excerpts from “Grand Canyon Suite,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” at Municipal Auditorium.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

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 SBC Center is officially renamed the AT&T Center.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon (right), a graduate of Central Catholic High School,  is killed in action on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific.  Bordelon is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his “valorous and gallant conduct above and beyond the call of duty” in leading his men while seriously wounded.

52 years after his death, the body of William J. Bordelon is returned to San Antonio and buried in the cemetery of Ft. Sam Houston.  The body lay in state in the Alamo since yesterday, flanked by Marine Honor Guards.  Bordelon is only the fifth person given this privilege.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

A new employee at the San Antonio National Bank, 213 W. Commerce, stepped on the burglar alarm button, causing 10 police cars to dash to the bank.

The fire sprinkler system mysteriously activated at 6:45 a.m. in the Dillard’s department store in Central Park Mall this morning.  Water spilled along floors and was several inches deep in some places. There was some seepage in the stockroom area.  “It will be several hours before we can assess the damage,” store president Huber Hughes said. “Thanks to the the fire department help, we will be open for business as usual.”

Spontaneous combustion caused by towels soaked in linseed oil was believed to be the cause of a $250,000 blaze at the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club on the city’s northwest side.  The towels were left by an employee applying preservative to the floor.  ”Nobody told him about how combustible linseed oil can become when combined with a fiber material and that’s what happened in this case,” said arson detective Larry Foraker.

May 15 in San Antonio history…

Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio’s favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

Wolff & Marx announces that they are the first store in America to offer Westinghouse Sterilamp ultraviolet conditioned air for their customers (right).

The Alamodome opens to the public. “This day was a long time coming, but it’s finally here,” said former mayor Henry Cisneros, now secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s the beginning of a new chapter in San Antonio’s life.”

April 26 in San Antonio history…

Carol Creighton Burnett is born in San Antonio, near W. Commerce and Rosillo streets.

The San Antonio Transit Company begins employing “Transettes,”  young women in green suits who will be  stationed at points in downtown San Antonio and will make change, sell nickel passes, tokens and zone tickets and offer information on how to get places and when.

“Perry Kallison’s Cow Country News and Trading Post” is broadcast for the last time, having been a daily program on KMAC for over 45 years.  KMAC has recently been sold and the new owners want to focus exclusively on music.

March 19 in San Antonio history…

Thomas Jefferson High School is dedicated.

A crowd inspired by music from the instruments of eight San Antonio high school bands, the presence of Lt. William Holden, film actor now serving in the Air Corps, and high ranking military officials, purchased $56,770,930.80 in war bonds and stamps at the General Krueger Victory Concert in Municipal Auditorium.

Rosita Fernandez, accompanied by Los Conquistadores, appears at the grand opening of Waco’s newest mall, the 750,000 sq. ft. Richland Fashion Mall.