The men’s dormitory of the Moody Sanitarium in Alamo Heights was destroyed and the women’s buildings and pump house damaged by a fire that broke out at 12:15 o’clock this morning in the furnace room of the men’s building. Thirty patients were in the building but were rescued by the nurses with the help of members of the United States field hospital No. 6, who came from the Fort Sam Houston hospital only a short distance away. The loss was estimated at $35,000.
This is the first day that income tax is due on April 15. When the Sixteenth Amendment was passed in 1913, the filing deadline for individuals was March 1. It was changed to March 15 in 1918.
Sea World of Texas opens.
1917 – World War I
As the cabinet met today with President Wilson for the last time before the assembling of Congress Monday, the consensus of opinion was that the United States was about to actively enter into war with Germany. President Wilson now has before him, recommendations of his cabinet advisers and in a general way has secured the sentiment of the country.
Television stars Nanette Fabray and Carl Reiner arrived for a visit in the Alamo City. Miss Fabray and Reiner are to attend a Thursday luncheon at the Menger hotel to help launch a fund drive for the Santa Rosa hospital’s new children’s wing.
The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.
An ordinance passed today by the City Council says interstate truck traffic will no longer be allowed to pass through downtown San Antonio.
Blues legend Etta James performs at Eastwood Country Club.
The Judson School District board votes to name the district’s second high school for 1979 Judson High graduate Lt. Col. Karen Wagner, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.
The musical wizard, the greatest pianist of the age, Ignace J. Paderewski, will play at 8:15 p.m. tonight at the Grand Opera House.
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.
Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. A messenger arrives at the Alamo compound with the grim news that reinforcements aren’t coming. Travis gathers his men and informs them of their options. Popular legend has it that this was the moment when Col. William Barret Travis, Commander of the Alamo forces, drew a line in the dirt with his saber and asked those men who were committed to defending the Alamo to the death to cross.
The General Motors Parade of Progress goes on display at Lions’ Park, complete with Aerodome tent and a fleet of 12 Futurliners.
St. Mary’s Institute opens at its new location on College Street along the east bank of the San Antonio River.
Adina De Zavala, whose efforts helped preserve the long barracks on the grounds of the Alamo, dies at the age of 93. Her funeral is held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and her casket is draped with the Texas flag.
Ingram Park Mall opens to the public.
Establishment near San Antonio of the “West Point of the Air Corps,” a great flying school from which all flyers must graduate before winning their rating as army pilots, was practically assured today with the introduction of the James Bill in Congress. Site for the field is 15 miles east of the city.
The London Festival Ballet, under the artistic direction of Anton Dolin, performs in San Antonio.
Commissioner Albert Pena Jr. termed a proposed plan to fingerprint all county employees a “fundamental invasion of privacy and it violation of civil liberties.”
It’s not a white Christmas in San Antonio – far from it! The mercury rises to a record high of 90 degrees in the Alamo City. Still a record high for the date.
A huge mountain of mulch in Helotes catches fire and burns for over two months. The mulch pile gets its own MySpace page and is nicknamed “Mulchie.”
An early-bird collector for a loan company learned that the worm turns, especially before daylight. A collector from a loan company, who paid a pre-dawn call upon an arrears client, was routed by a volley of shots from inside the house. Police advised the collector to keep his calls within accepted business hours.
Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)
San Antonio rock favorites Legs Diamond, Budgie and Heyoka play Municipal Auditorium
The Fox Company retail store at 209 Alamo Plaza is destroyed by fire resulting in $150,000 damage and the death of a night watchman. The film developing and mail order business of the Fox Company at 1734 Broadway is not affected.
Count Basie & His Orchestra, The George Shearing Quintet, Ruth Brown, T-Bone Walker, The Jacks, The Orioles, and Joe Williams play a concert in Municipal Auditorium
Eddie Money comes to San Antonio for the first time, opening for the J. Geils Band at Municipal Auditorium.