Work has begun on the new building of the Wells-Fargo Express Co. at the Sunset Station which will be used as a depot office of the company. The building will cost approximately $12,000.
A plan to remodel the Travis Street bridge, recently condemned as a flood menace, rather than replace it with a new one, was announced by Street Commissioner Paul Steffler.
The first black students in San Antonio’s history to be accepted for classes in public high schools with white students have been enrolled in Edgewood High School.
Pope Pius IX creates the San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The first day of the parking meters appeared to be a success in so far as preventing double parking is concerned. Delivery trucks were pulled flush to the curb while their drivers conducted business.
San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was “going ahead with plans” to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term. Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day also, the same day that Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.
Notification of the acceptance by the Secretary of War of the site offered by San Antonio as the future home of the Air Corps Training Center, was received here today. Land for the “West Point of the Air” was donated by the city.
Thirty-one days out of the past three months have recorded temperatures of 100 degrees or more, the highest number on record in the weather bureau. The previous record of 18 days was in 1911. (The record is now 58 days, set in 2009.)
All new police cars are being equipped with beacon-ray emergency red lights that flash revolving red beams as a warning to all. Sixteen lights have been installed and are in operation now, said Capt. Frank Mosel. They are replacing the old blinker lights which were much smaller and flashed only forward.
Scientific American magazine features Andrew Mühl’s improved ice making machine, which had been patented the previous November. He first built an ice-making machine in San Antonio in 1867.
The Edwards Aquifer reaches its all-time low of 612.5 feet.
More than 30 youngsters who share Davy Crockett’s August 17 birthday date gathered to whoop it up at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored party in Brackenridge Park today. Sporting coonskin caps and Davy Crockett t-shirts, they gathered around TV star Johnny Lane who led them in singing “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Home on the Range.”
When Jesse Garcia parked his car at 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Casino, the sidewalk was bare as a bone. When he returned at 3:15 p.m., he found the city had dug a hole in the sidewalk, planted a meter by his car and left a ticket on his windshield. Corporation Court Judge Mike Machado was bemused and found Garcia not guilty.
The San Antonio Light reports that officials of the “floundering” Woodstock Music and Art Fair issued a frantic appeal yesterday for everyone not already on the muddy, overcrowded site to turn around and go home. Sullivan County leaders asked Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to declare the festival site a disaster area.
San Antonio’s first radio station (WJAE) begins broadcasting, but lasts only a few months.
San Antonio’s annexation ordinance extending the city limits three miles in each direction, was passed on first reading by the city commission today.
The 21st annual North-South All-Star high school football game is held in Alamo Stadium as the culminating event of the week-long Texas High School Coaches’ Association meeting held in the Alamo City. The North team is coached by Mississippi State head coach, Darrell Royal, and the South is coached by Baylor University’s George Sauer. The game ends in a 25-25 tie.
The position of Assistant City Manager at an annual salary of $12,000 was created in a special ordinance passed by the San Antonio City Council.
More than 50 people wearing black arm bands and carrying a casket marched from Travis Park and in front of the Majestic Theater protesting the play “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” The march was called “The Death of Morality March” and was led by Rev. Joe H. West, pastor of Town East Baptist Church and vice president of the Moral Majority in Texas.
Staacke Brothers warned San Antonians to “beware of quacks” and buy nothing but Studebaker wagons for fine transportation.
Seven local polio cases, the largest number ever recorded in one day in San Antonio, were reported by the City Health Department. None of the victims, all children, has received the Salk vaccine.
San Antonio Independent School District votes to integrate beginning in the fall.
Local women welcomed troops en route to the border, serving ice cream, sandwiches and oranges to the tired, hot men.
The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city’s public schools.
Kids tuned into the one hour broadcast of “Disneyland” at 8:00 on KENS Channel 5 to hear about Walt Disney’s new amusement park with the same name that opened yesterday. The grand opening was broadcast live on the ABC television network but no one in San Antonio got to see it. There is no ABC-affiliated station in San Antonio.
Southwest Airlines begins air service to San Antonio, Dallas and Houston with six roundtrips DAL-SAT and 12 roundtrips DAL-IAH with $20 one-way fares.
It took a five-man team of workers eight hours to place explosives throughout the building but only nine seconds to demolish the 70-year old Elks Building on the corner of Pecan and Navarro streets this morning. The building was immortalized on the cigar boxes for Travis Club cigars.