1918 – World War I
San Antonio aviator Edgar Tobin shoots down two German fighter planes over Vieville, France for which he receives the Distinguished Flying Cross:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar Gardner Tobin, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville, France, July 16, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines in the region of Vieville, First Lieutenant Tobin attacked an enemy formation of six single-seaters. He destroyed two himself and forced down a third out of control.
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.
Parade fanfare and visits by Gov. Shivers and Hollywood stars will mark the world premiere of “The Man From the Alamo” at the Majestic Theater today.
1918 – World War I
Plans for the enforcement of Provost General Crowder’s “work or fight” regulations, call on all citizens to report to the nearest local draft board names of men within the draft age who are habitually idle or who are employed non-productively.
The city council and City Manager Reynolds Andricks in a closed meeting today virtually wiped out the library board, selected a new corporation court judge and picked a replacement member of the Fire and Police Civil Service Commission. Veteran Chairman M. M. Harris, trustee of the library board for 33 years, got the axe. He was scratched, reports indicated, because of a letter he wrote to Andricks in which the new administration was criticized. That letter was introduced by Andricks at the session.
Hemisfair celebrates “Ed White Day,” to commemorate the life of San Antonio astronaut Edward White Jr., killed in the Apollo I fire. Mrs. White and her children, Bonnie and Eddie, participate in a ceremony and are given Hemisfair souvenirs.
B.B. King, along with Bill Harvey & his Orchestra, entertain at the Carver Library auditorium.
“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Crosby recorded the Christmas spccial a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977. The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”
Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark, better known as OMD, performs in Laurie Auditorium with the Models opening.
1917 – World War I
A Camp Travis soldier, who deserted on Nov. 2 after being demoted from sergeant to private, has been sentenced to ten years hard labor at the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. He was arrested at the railroad station in Von Ormy, awaiting the train, with a ticket to Laredo.
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”
The Municipal Auditorium features “Rhapsodies of 1954,” a triple-bill with former boxer “Sugar Ray” Robinson and Joe Scott, Count Basie and his Orchestra, and Billy Ward and the Dominoes.
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church announced plans for a new sanctuary at St. Mary’s and Ashby.
Soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston have been advised not to hitchhike by Col. Glenn S. Finley, Deputy Post Commander. “There will be no signaling to passing vehicles in any manner whatsoever by any army personnel whether they be standing or walking on the traveled portion of the roadways in the direction of traffic. Hitchhiking or thumbing rides is out. It is unmilitary and brings discredit to the service.”
Firemen estimate losses at $200,000 in a fire which destroyed L. Wolfson’s clothing store on Main Plaza. (It would be destroyed by fire again and for good on Oct. 1, 2011.)
(right, photo courtesy Maria Watson Pfeiffer)
The State Legislature passes a bill to purchase the Alamo for a historic shrine for $65,000.
Oscar Levant performs Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” and “Rhapsody in Blue” with the San Antonio Symphony at Municipal Auditorium.
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.
Local toy dealers, heavily stocked for Christmas, have reassuringly reported that brutish Teddy bears have not replaced dolls as the object upon which little girls most like to shower their instinctive motherly love. Doll sales are way up.
San Antonio businessmen today met with city and county officials to launch a campaign to raise $500,000 by popular subscription so that a site for the new Air Corps flying center can be purchased outside San Antonio.
San Antonio’s freeway engineer today charged the city planning department is attempting to force the state to follow an undesirable route on the Highway 87 freeway project.
A tragic fire at St. John’s Orphans Home (right), on the corner of San Saba and W. Houston Street, kills six nuns and three orphans.
Radio station KTSA broadcasts “Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre” featuring a radio drama of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” from 7 to 8 p.m. Despite announcements before, during and after the program, some frightened radio listeners believe it is a real invasion of aliens from Mars.
Work has begun on the installation of a 300-ton air conditioning system in the Frost bank building. The building should be fully air conditioned by next June. In addition to the main unit, 334 individual room air conditioning units will be installed.
The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right). The day is inauspicious due to the second day of panic selling on Wall Street. The stock market crash reaches its crescendo today and will come to be known as “Black Tuesday.”
Under new city legislation enacted this morning, it will be unlawful for a person to operate a bicycle in the period between a half-hour after sundown to one-half hour before sunrise without proper lighting (an electric headlight and an electric taillight or red reflector.)
Hundred of city leaders and officials turn out for a lavish celebration atop the parking garage for the new $200 million Rivercenter Mall to inspect the construction. Mayor Henry Cisneros exclaims, “This is the greatest day for downtown San Antonio since Mayor W. W. McAllister announced… the World’s Fair in 1965.” When completed, the mall will include a 42-story, 1,000-room Marriott Hotel, which will be the tallest building in San Antonio.