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May 23 in San Antonio history…

Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

The San Antonio Express newspaper reports that County Commissioner A. J. Ploch has received death threats as a result of controversial comments he made about the CBS News program “Hunger in America,” filmed in San Antonio, that aired two nights ago.

The San Antonio Riders play their final game and lose to Sacramento, 27-21, in front of 19,273 fans in San Marcos’s Bobcat Stadium.


May 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
To supply the normalities of life to nearly one hundred thousand young men in the various fields, schools and camps surrounding San Antonio, and to provide a club and meeting place of the soldiers and citizens of the city there is being erected a magnificent community clubhouse in the rear of the Alamo on the old Gallagher property.

From a sick bed in the St. Anthony Hotel, Porter Adams, president of the National Aeronautical Association announced a reception and $25,000 was awaiting Charles A. Lindbergh when the flyer arrives back in the U.S.

The Rodriguez Brothers, known since 1920 for their beautiful and original memorial art, have just erected marble reproductions of Michaelangelo’s statues of Lorenzo De Medici and Giuliano De Medici.  These statues were imported from Carrara, Italy and are now on display at the South Entrance of Central Park Mall Shopping Center.

May 16 in San Antonio history…

The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.

1918 – World War I
Congress enacts the Sedition Act, a set of amendments to the 1917 Espionage Act, making it a crime to use “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt. Those convicted under the act generally received sentences of imprisonment for five to 20 years.

400 students at Edgewood High School in San Antonio hold a walkout and demonstration, and march to the district administration office. Ninety percent of the students in the Edgewood district are of Mexican origin. Among the students’ grievances are insufficient supplies and the lack of qualified teachers. 

May 3 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A proposal for the widening of Guilbeau Street, between South Flores and Garden Streets (Now S. St. Mary’s), is to be presented to the city council soon.  This would give direct connection between the east and west sides of the city and at a point adjacent to the Katy passenger station.

Dr. Wendell Stanley, Nobel prize-winning director of the virus laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Sidney Farber (right), director of the Children’s Cancer Research foundation in Boston, are in San Antonio for the annual trustees’ meeting of the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education.

Bob Hope performs a show during Hemisfair in Hemisfair Arena with special guests Marilyn Maxwell and the Marquis Chimps.

April 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
At 3:45 this afternoon, a parade in which khaki clad men will be the prime attraction is planned as part of the Fiesta week festivities.  Today is Military Day.

The restaurant in the Tower of the Americas opens to the public serving themed dishes, such as: “Our Original Tower Salad”, “Fruit Plate Rio Grande” and “Coupe of the Americas.”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., father of the slain civil rights leader, speaks in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel here.  The event also features singer Jessy Dixon and is a fundraiser for United Ministries.

April 6 in San Antonio history…

One year from the day the United States entered the world war, the nation started today collection the $3,000,000 from its citizens as the third Liberty Loan to finance the fighting.  It was a day of patriotic celebration, of parades of soldiers, of soldiers and civilians, marching together to symbolize the important part each must play in winning the war.

The San Pedro Outdoor Theatre [Drive-In] opens, featuring “Daisy Kenyon” with Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda and San Antonio’s own Joan Crawford.

After years of planning and a cost of $156 million, HemisFair ’68 opens to the public.  The World’s Fair will last for 184 days.

March 23 in San Antonio history…

The weekly San Antonio Herald, which began publication on April 3, 1855, changes to a daily edition with this issue.  The Herald was one of the first papers to suggest Sam Houston for governor, but it lost much of its popularity with subscribers and advertisers when it espoused the cause of John Ireland against Gustav Schleicher in a Democratic race for Congress. In 1880 the Herald was absorbed by the San Antonio Daily Times.

1918 – World War I
Maj. Leo A. Walton, junior military aviator, has been named officer in charge of flying for Brooks Field.  Though unofficial information had been received several days ago to the effect that Major Walton was to be ordered to Brooks Field to take charge of the training in flying, confirmation from the War Department was lacking until yesterday evening.

San Antonio will join Dallas and Houston as area headquarters for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., it was announced today.  The company is creating a new operating area in Texas with headquarters in a new nine-story addition to its building at 1010 N. St. Mary’s.

March 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, begins today.  The offensive is a series of German attacks along the Western Front which mark the deepest advances by either side since 1914. The Germans have realised that their only remaining chance of victory is to defeat the Allies before the overwhelming human and matériel resources of the United States can be fully deployed. They also have the temporary advantage in numbers afforded by the nearly 50 divisions freed by the Russian surrender (the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk).

Central Park Mall holds its grand opening (right).

Memorial Library at 3222 Culebra Ave. across from St. Mary’s University, hosts its first Star Trek Jamboree.  Included is a full-costume performance by the San Antonio chapter of the Star Trek Fan Club, a display of Star Trek memorabilia from around the world and films from the Star Trek series.

March 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
According to information received from Washington, Col. Herbert O. Williams, who arrived at Southern Department headquarters, Fort Sam Houston, yesterday morning, is to be placed in command of the Southern District of Aviation, to be created with headquarters at San Antonio.

The Who make their first appearance in San Antonio, performing at the Municipal Auditorium.

After almost 20 years of showing movies, the North Star Cinema closes.  The triple-screen theater owned and operated by Boston-based GCC Theaters, Inc. showed its final movie today.  Steve Colson, GCC regional vice president said “It was determined that based on our receipts from box office attendance at the theater, it would be better if we were not at the North Star Mall location.”  (The final movies shown at the theater were: “Sahara” starring Brooke Shields, “Lassiter” starring Tom Selleck and “Blame It On Rio” starring Michael Caine.)

March 4 in San Antonio history…

Texas becomes the eighth state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, establishing the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages.  The amendment will become law on January 17, 1919 and take effect at midnight on January 17, 1920.

San Antonio’s 200th birthday celebration will begin at 7 p.m. today when the official dedication and blessing of the Spanish Governor’s Palace on Military Plaza, for years the abode of governors of wide domain, will mark the first event on a six-day program marked with pageantry, church ceremonies and social events. The dedication will be followed by a pageant reenacting the arrival of 16 families of Canary Islanders in San Antonio on March 4, 1731.

Mister Rogers’ (then spelled Misterogers’) Neighborhood premieres on KLRN Channel 9.  The “prize winning children’s show” debuted nationally on public television on February 19 but today is the first appearance in San Antonio.