1917 – World War I
If San Antonio wishes to retain its prominence as a center of military activities it must undergo a thorough vice clean-up, according to a statement made today by Raymond Fosdick, chairman of the War Department committee on training camp activities. Unless this is done San Antonio will lose its prospects of being designated as a site for one of the big training camps. Going even further than that, Mr. Fosdick said that Leon Springs and Fort Sam Houston would be stripped of everything but physical property unless the demands were complied with. If the clean-up is made, San Antonio will retain its army activities and these will be added to materially.
The San Antonio Public Library’s Westfall branch library opens.
City Council decided today to hold a referendum on whether the city’s water should be fluoridated and selected July 9 as the election date. The action came after City Clerk Jake Inselmann told the council a petition calling on the council to either rescind its April 7 fluoridation ordinance or call an election met all legal requirements.
Comprehensive plans for a $10 million federal pavilion at HemisFair 1968 in San Antonio have been approved by President Johnson and legislation has been introduced in Congress for an appropriation.
Smokey and the Bandit premiered in San Antonio at the North Star and South Park Mall theaters.
B.J. “Red” McCombs buys the San Antonio Spurs from Angelo Drossos for $47 million. “I’m ecstatic,” says Mayor Henry Cisneros. “The Spurs are in the hands of a San Antonian and that’s the most important thing.”
1917 – World War I
According to W. A. Davis, state registrar of vital statistics in Austin, based on the 1910 Census, San Antonio has more men eligible for the national army than any other city in Texas (right).
The Beach Boys make their first San Antonio appearance with a concert in Municipal Auditorium. Other acts on the bill are: Barbara Lynn, Little Johnny Taylor, Bob Hayden and the Marksmen and Dawn Six and the Rel-Yeas.
Anti-fluoride forces today presented stacks of petitions to the city clerk’s office calling for an election on whether or not fluoride should be added to the city’s water supply. Stephen Harvasty, chairman of the Committee to Protect the Public Health, said the petitions contain 21,950 signatures. Ten city employees will work overtime from 5 to 8 p.m. nightly checking the petitions. If they are certified as effective by the clerk, the council then has 30 days in which to repeal the fluoridation ordinance or call a referendum on the issue.
The cornerstone of San Fernando Cathedral is laid.
1917 – World War I
Five divisions of the National Guard and one division of the National Army, as the men taken into service under the selective draft bill will be known, are to be trained in the Southern Department under the order received at headquarters of the department late yesterday afternoon. One of the divisions, not yet designated, will be stationed at Camp Wilson and w ill have a strength of 26,000 men.
“Tower of the Americas”, the name suggested by Rosa Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, is chosen as the official name of the 622-foot tall HemisFair tower. Ms. Gonzalez won a three-day expenses-paid stay at the Menger Hotel for herself and her immediate family, a $100 savings bond and a season pass to HemisFair. The names chosen as runners-up were: Hemispire, Hemistower, Astroshaft, Astrospire, Astrotower, Stratospire, Spire of the Americas and Tower of Peace.
A spectacular moving picture depicting Texas history from the sixteenth century to the present time and including the great mobilization of the National Guard on the Mexican border will be made in San Antonio and shown as a part of the two-hundredth anniversary of the anniversary of the Alamo in the spring of 1918. The title of the film will be “The Battle Ground of Nations.”
Artists from the ABC TV show “Where the Action Is” play Municipal Auditorium. The roster includes: Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Linda Scott, Steve Alaimo, Keith Allison, The Action Kids, The Knickerbockers, Billy Joe Royal and The Viceroys
The first league baseball game is played in San Antonio.
1917 – World War I
Confederate veterans living in San Antonio have written to President Wilson assuring him of their loyalty to “our beloved land” and offering their services in any way in which they can be used. The letter, bearing the signature “W. H. Robert and others,” follows: “The Confederate Veterans of this city realize that there is a crisis in the affairs of our beloved land and we are willing to do anything that is in our power to aid in this time of need, as readily as we did over half a century ago with the same patriotism as in years gone by.”
President Johnson signs the Medicare registration extension bill in ceremonies at Victoria Plaza located at 411 Barrera Street and attends Good Friday services here in San Antonio also.
Hundreds of extras stormed the walls in a movie reenactment of the Battle of the Alamo as throngs of San Antonians looked on from roofs of nearby buildings. (This is the 1914 film “The Siege and Fall of the Alamo.”)
World War I – April 7, 1917
A young man who unknowingly sat on an American flag at a recruiting office this morning, found himself suddenly jerked to his feet by Chief Evans, who witnessed it. The Light reported, “The astonished youth, ignorant of the great respect for the flag paid by sailors, received in silence a verbal lashing that impressed him with the fact that the nation’s ensign must be respected by all.”
“I didn’t know I was doing it,” was his explanation. “I just sat down without looking to see what was on the chair.”
In a 5-3 vote, City Council approves adding fluoride to the city’s water supply. Anti-fluoridationist Stephen Harvasty vows to launch a campaign for a referendum. A petition with at least 11,340 signatures would force the council to repeal the ordinance or force a referendum.
The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 12-8, in an exhibition game at League Park. Babe Ruth hits a home run and even Wally Pipp gets a base hit.
2nd. Lt. Carla Houtz, an Army nurse at Brooke Army Medical Center, is crowned Miss BAMC for 1966 in festivities at Service Club No. 1. Entertainment is provided by The Commands backed by the Dell Tones. Special guest is actor Glenn Corbett of Route 66 fame.
“The world’s most unusual hotel” was dedicated in San Antonio today when the Hilton Palacio del Rio opened its doors in time for HemisFair. The 500-room, 22-story hotel built by H. B. Zachry was completed in 10 months after architects started work on the plans.
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.
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.”
For the first time in at least six years, snow fell on San Antonio today for several hours, leaving the city under a beautiful blanket of white.