1917 – World War I
The United Kingdom offers asylum to the family of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, after his recent abdication on March 15.
The Mission Broadcasting company of San Antonio today asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to change the frequency of radio station KONO from 1400 to 860 kilocycles and to increase the power from 250 watts to 1000 watts at night and 5,000 watts during the day. (The change would not take effect until August 30, 1948)
Damian Garcia (right), along with two others, scale the walls of the Alamo and raise a red flag in defiance of the symbol of Texas revolution and the “theft of Mexican land.” They were members of the of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
A proclamation signed by Mayor Brown, County Judge Davis and President Franz C. Groos, of the Chamber of Commerce, is as follows: “In appreciation of the distinguished services rendered this republic by that great soldier and patriot, Major General Frederick Funston, and as an expression of the high esteem and love felt for him by citizens of every rank in San Antonio, we, the undersigned, call a memorial meeting in his honor, to be held at Beethoven Hall on Saturday. February 24 at 3 p.m. All citizens of San Antonio and members of the army are invited to participate.’’
A San Antonian waited in line two hours at the Federal Building to pay his income tax but balked when a seaman attemped to fingerprint him and enlist him in the Navy. He was in the wrong line.
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.
Will Rogers visits San Antonio.
Work was begun this week on a $500,000 enlargment program at Sears, Roebuck & Co. on Romana Plaza (now the site of the downtown Central Library.)
Tony Bennett performs at the Majestic Theater.
Traditional Mexican candy vendors were back in business alter ceasing operations during the war because of a sugar shortage.
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is flown by helicopter from his ranch near Johnson City to Brooke Army Medical Hospital. He is found to be suffering from mild viral pneumonia.
The Alamo Bowl, scheduled to pit the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys vs. the University of Denver Pioneers in Alamo Stadium, is postponed due to freezing temperatures and heavy ice. The game would eventually be played on January 4.
Ray Charles comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays the auditorium at the Carver Library. He is second on a bill that features T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn and Choker Campbell and his Orchestra.
47 years later, the Alamo Bowl is held again. The Cal Golden Bears defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 37-3, in the first Builder’s Square Alamo Bowl.
The City Council today approved a contract for the construction of a 622-foot tower for HemisFair 1968 and sold $5.5 million in bonds to pay for the structure.
Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plays Rockwave nightclub.
Robert H. H. Hugman is named the official architect of the River Beautification Project.
Four Air Force airmen ended a 42-day space cabin experiment today at the Brooks AFB Aerospace School of Medicine. Thirty days of the experiment were spent in a pure oxygen atmosphere. Each of the airmen was presented with a certificate of appreciation and two photographs of the late President John F. Kennedy, who dedicated the school the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.
Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, dies in San Antonio.
Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie perform in concert in Municipal Auditorium. The concert of the two now-legendary African-American jazz artists is unfortunately advertised “for whites only.” (right)
The City Zoning Commission has approved changes in zoning to allow construction of theme park being jointly developed by Opryland USA and United Services Automobile Association. Construction of the theme park is scheduled to begin in about six months, said R. Douglas Leonhard, senior vice president of USAA Real Estate. The first phase of the park will include theme areas with a focus on Hispanic, western, German and 1950’s-style music.
Sixteen immigrant families from the Canary Islands arrive in San Antonio.
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys record “San Antonio Rose” at the Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth.
Students at San Antonio Junior College (SAC) will have a Christmas holiday extending from December 15 to December 30, excluding New Year’s Day.
Dr. J. O. Loftin said he could find absolutely no reason why New Year’s Day should be observed. He continued: “It comes in the dullest part of the year. It doesn’t commemorate anything. It’s not even the first of the year.” Dr. Loftin thinks that March is the proper time to observe New Year’s Day. It is the beginning of the cycle of the harvest, the opening of spring. January 1 is nothing except a gloomy winter day, he says.