When Homer Brooks, state secretary for the Communist Party and husband of Emma Tenayuca, attempted to speak at a party rally in Haymarket Plaza, he was drowned out by the crowd singing The Eyes of Texas.
Alamo Heights police were holding three ex-convicts Friday who were flushed as they rolled a 500-pound safe along a Broadway sidewalk. Heights Police Sgt. Eddie Brendler arrested the three at 1 a.m. after boxing them up on a dead end street.
B. W. Stevenson plays the Leon Springs Cafe.
Boerne Mayor J. Willke fines an individual $5 for exceeding the speed limit in the City of Boerne. Apparently, the speed limit on Main Street at that time was 15 miles per hour.
A carnival ride in Milam Square collapses, injuring eight people.
The first San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Exposition is kicked off – in the brand new Bexar County Coliseum (later known as the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.)
Airman Donald Farrell was recuperating – back from the closest thing to flight through space any man has ever tried. He stepped out of his sealed space chamber at Randolph AFB, one week after he entered.
The 70-year old exhibit hall at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne is destroyed by fire. The cause is later determined to be arson.
Airman Donald Farrell is sealed in a cramped steel chamber at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph AFB, to simulate a space flight. The air pressure is half of what it is at sea level and Airman Farrell cannot stand up nor lie down. His test lasts for seven days.
The Beatles make their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, broadcast on KENS Channel 5 at 7:00 p.m (right). 45.3% of U.S. TV households tune in, representing 73 million people — a record for an entertainment program up to that time.
Tom Wopat from TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard” performs with Michael Martin Murphey at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
Prompt action by railroad employees was credited today with saving more than $1,000,000 in rolling stock as a two-alarm fire gutted the Katy roundhouse. Employees drove two locomotives and several rail cars from the sheet iron building after a steam generator exploded, hurling burning oil on the walls.
The Milwaukee Brewers take over the local Texas League baseball franchise and change the name from the San Antonio Missions to the San Antonio Brewers. They have also signed a lease with V. J. Keefe field, which the Texas Leaguers have used since Mission Stadium was abandoned.
City councilman Henry Cisneros, 29, is sworn in as mayor pro-tempore. He is the youngest mayor in the city’s history.
The poll tax is an assured fact. But one of these days the true inwardness of that amendment will be seen and the men who were for it first, last and always, will wonder by what perversity of judgement they were led to advocate a measure so unnecessary and hurtful.
The “Texas Special” passenger train, providing service between San Antonio and St. Louis, is discontinued by the M-K-T Railway Company.
Saxophonist Kenny G performs at Municipal Auditorium.
1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Board of Education issued an order at their meeting last night for janitors of all the school buildings to have the rooms thoroughly fumigated as a precautionary measure against the spread of influenza when the schools are reopened.
The Witte Museum was offered and accepted a gift of $225,000 today from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Friedrich. The money will be used to expand and landscape the present facility.
City Council approves the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s plan to purchase motorized replica streetcars to replace buses on downtown El Centro shuttle routes.
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.
The newest and biggest addition to the San Antonio Public Library’s fleet of four bookmobiles went into service today. The green and cream bookmobile, complete with a stork emblem indicating its new arrival, went into service at the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center.
Brooke Shields appears at Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote “her new collection of Brooke Shields Jeanswear.”
County Commissioners Court changed the name of Bexar County Coliseum to Joe Freeman Coliseum. In changing the name of the building, members of the court noted that “through his untiring efforts and unselfish and liberal donations, Joe Freeman, an outstanding citizen of San Antonio and Bexar County, is responsible for a coliseum of which all Bexar County may be proud.”
Convention Center Arena features hair-metal favorites Ratt and opening act Bon Jovi.
Sixty feet of the new flood-control tunnel under construction collapses, leaving a 620-ton boring machine stuck 150 feet beneath Brackenridge High School. The collapse boosted the price of the tunnel by $10 million and left the Ohbayashi Corporation and the Army Corps of Engineers perplexed as to how to complete the boring through unstable soil.
1918 – World War I
The funeral of Lt. Travis Lee Haltom, who was killed in airplane accident at Gerstner Field (near Lake Charles, Louisiana) was held yesterday afternoon after services in the Central Christian Church. Three aviators from Kelly Field flew over the grave at the Oddfellow’s Cemetery and dropped flowers on the casket just before the grave was closed.
A 69-year-old woman in an apparent daze stepped into the downtown San Antonio River Tuesday and missed drowning by moments. She was discovered floating face down on the river surface by three men. She is believed to have fallen to the sidewalk while walking along the river, and upon arising, mis-stepped into the river.