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.
1917 – World War I
As the cabinet met today with President Wilson for the last time before the assembling of Congress Monday, the consensus of opinion was that the United States was about to actively enter into war with Germany. President Wilson now has before him, recommendations of his cabinet advisers and in a general way has secured the sentiment of the country.
Television stars Nanette Fabray and Carl Reiner arrived for a visit in the Alamo City. Miss Fabray and Reiner are to attend a Thursday luncheon at the Menger hotel to help launch a fund drive for the Santa Rosa hospital’s new children’s wing.
The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.
The State Legislature prepared to end Bexar County’s “five-minute divorce” system.
Only in chasing criminals or in answering emergency calls will radio patrol cars be allowed to exceed a speed limit of 25 miles per hour in the future, according to an order issued today by Chief of Police Owen Kilday.
“It’s A Joke, Son!,” the new film featuring Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn (the inspiration for the animated character Foghorn Leghorn) premieres at the Aztec Theater with in-person appearances from cast members Una Merkel and June Lockhart (later a star on TV shows “Lassie” and “Lost in Space.”)
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.
The Chapel at Incarnate Word College (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. finalizes the purchase of the San Antonio Express and News newspapers from Harte-Hanks
The #10 Oregon Ducks defeat the University of Texas in Alamo Bowl XXI, 30-7.
The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.
Staacke Bros. places a newspaper advertisement announcing a sale on all “vehicles” – meaning carriages. From this point on, they will sell automobiles only.
A large train of United States camels pass down Commerce Street on their way to Camp Verde.
Rev. R. Paul Soupiset, a San Antonio Methodist minister, posed as a hobo in Houston’s skid row for four days so he would be “better equipped to continue” his work.
1972 & 1973
Elton John plays Municipal Auditorium on this date in consecutive years.
Today is moving day for the current staff of Metropolitan General Hospital, the $13.5 million, 250-bed module system hospital located at Brooklyn and McCullough and nearing completion. The staff is moving from temporary offices in the Tower Life Building to the new facility.
Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first automatic teller machine (ATM).
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.
Since the passing of the ordinance on August 4, there are now 16 licensed “bawdy houses” or brothels in the city.
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.
The city begins installing signs at intersections that are exceptions to the new state law permitting right turns on red lights that went into effect at midnight. Right turns on red will be allowed at 642 intersections involving 2,300 approaches in San Antonio.
The city’s first parking meters arrive and are installed.
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”
Young San Antonians 18 to 20 years old will become adults at the stroke of midnight tonight – the legal age of majority changes from 21 to 18 years old.