The Express, published by August Siemering and his new partner, W.B. Moore, first appears as a daily afternoon paper. A subscription costs $16 a year. They continue to publish the weekly Express as a “family newspaper” for $5 a year.
1917 – World War I
Of the 160 petitions for citizenship that have been filed with Deputy Clerk I. A. Campbell for action at this term of the Federal Court, 87 will have to be postponed because of conflict with section 2171 of the revised statutes of the United States, which states that “no alien who is a native citizen or subject or a denizen of any country, state or sovereign with which the United States is at war at the time of his application shall then he permitted to become a citizen.”
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)
1917 – World War I
Plans for inaugurating the system of intensive instruction scheduled for the national army, Nineteenth division, Camp Travis, are going rapidly forward. Practically all details are worked out, and in fact the elementary training the recruits are receiving is in line with the system which later will be put into operation. Special attention is being given at this time to plans for opening the division schools, where the men will be trained in the various methods of warfare. Each of these schools will be in charge of a brigadier general as an instructor and they will open directly after the arrival early in October of the remainder of the division.
More than six inches of rain falls in twelve hours in San Antonio, causing major flooding. Water reached the fifty-foot level at Olmos Dam, only ten feet from the top. Six people are killed and property damage is estimated at $8 million. ($88 million in 2010 dollars.)
President Truman visits San Antonio on a whirlwind campaign tour. He speaks briefly at the Alamo: “This,” he said, “is one of the historic monuments of the world, a monument to heroism, a monument to the tight for liberty all over the world. My one ambition is to see a peacefully happy world.” That was all.
Eighty irate San Antonio retail grocers today were on record as condemning the OPA and approving the closing of every butcher shop in Texas until meat in abundance is obtainable.
Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, and local favorites The Yellow Payges.
Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School. He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)
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.