1918 – World War I
Some San Antonio businesses have been ignoring or refusing to obey the orders of the government regarding special lighting reductions on Sunday and Thursday nights. Further failure to obey this law will be followed by prosecutions, including up to a fine of $5000 or a penitentiary sentence of one year.
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.
About 100 people under five feet tall marched in the cold from HemisFair Plaza to City Hall to protest the prejudice of Randy Newman’s song “Short People.” The “Puny People Protest Parade” was staged by radio station KTSA.
1918 – World War I
The charges of laxity in enforcing the laws against vice made against Police Chief Lancaster in the hearing conducted before the city commission yesterday were sustained and the chief was reinstated by unanimous voted of the mayor and commissioners this morning.
San Antonio today mourned the death of one of its most prominent citizens. Edgar Tobin, WWI flying ace, who with 11 other persons was killed yesterday in a Louisiana plane crash while returning from a hunting trip.
San Antonio receives a snowfall officially measured by the National Weather Service at less than one inch but there are accumulations of two and a half inches in some areas.
The headlines of the San Antonio newspapers describe a bus/train accident that resulted in the death of 26 children. This accident spawned the myth of the “ghost tracks” at Shane and Villamain. Despite being the lead story in the newspaper, the accident actually took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A dark but colorful will be the story of this year’s city Christmas tree in Alamo Plaza. Finishing touches are being made on the 60-foot tree, which will not have any lights this year because of the energy crisis, according to city officials. The 10-ton structure is composed of more than eight truck loads of cedar limbs which cover a huge wood and metal frame.
Today Show’s Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.
The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service. Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens. A librarian will find the answer and return the call. (This service no longer exists.)
Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody brings his Wild West Show to the Alamo city. His troupe features three bands, Indians of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Araphoe tribes, United States Sixth cavalrymen, Tenth United States Colored Cavalry troops (Heroes of San Juan) and cowboys – including three from the San Antonio area, Johnny France and Joe & Tony Esquivel. The show begins at 2 p. m. and 8 p.m. today near the I. & G. N. depot.
The George H. and Elizabeth Coates University Center is dedicated at Trinity University.
Ground is broken for the new San Antonio National Bank building on Commerce street.
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana, played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans. It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)
As a result of the energy crisis, the annual Windcrest Light-Up Christmas light display has been cancelled. A daytime contest will be substituted, says Mrs. Robert Jenkins, sponsor of the event. The city will still be installing lights downtown on schedule but a decision to turn them on will be made at a later date.
1917 – World War I
Ed Raymond, manager of the Majestic Theater, established a record today for the sale of Liberty Bonds in Bexar County which it is believed will stand as a record for any part of Texas. He sold twenty-four fifty-dollar bonds in just twenty-four minutes and declared he could have kept up the pace had he not exhausted his list of customers. Every bond buyer is a patron of the theater and the two dozen patriotic men and women did not hesitate to make a purchase when asked if they wanted to subscribe to the war fund.
The Spurs play their very first regular season ABA game against the San Diego Conquistadors. San Diego erupted for 48 points in the final quarter, storming back from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to claim a 121-106 victory over the Spurs. San Antonio blew a 77-73 lead coming into the final quarter.
1917 – World War I
The control of preventable diseases in cities near army camps by Federal agents, assisted by men and women inspectors and the co-operation of local physicians, as a plan suggested to the authorities at Washington, was the subject of an interesting address led by Dr. W. B. Russ, at the luncheon meeting of the San Antonio Rotary Club today.
A senate committee approved a bill which would close most Texas businesses on Sunday.
Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Johnny Bush, Sammi Smith, El Curro and Gino Scorza entertain at the Menudo World Championship held at Raymond Russell Park.
Constable Charles Stevens and City Marshal Irvin praised the county’s new-fangled automobile for enabling them to reach the scene of a crime seven miles from the courthouse in just 40 minutes.
1917 -World War I
There are many “movie fans’’ at Camp Funston if the crowds that view the motion pictures shown by the Arm y Y. M. C. A. can be taken as an indication. Pictures are shown every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night, just outside the “Y” building where a large screen and platform has been erected. The projector can be taken into the building after the show.
Tom Nissalke, former coach of the ABA Dallas Chapparals and the NBA Seattle Supersonics, is named the first head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
1917 – World War I
General approval was expressed in congressional circles today over the selection of Major General Pershing to lead the first expeditionary force to France. Congressmen and senators who must provide the funds for the conduct cf the war were highly pleased that an officer of Pershing’s standing and experience had been chosen.
Mike Vavala’s name is chosen from over 5,000 entries for suggesting the name of San Antonio’s new ABA basketball team: The San Antonio Spurs. He wins season tickets and a trip to the ABA playoffs. The Aztecs was the second-most popular suggestion.