1917 – World War I
A second training camp for reserve officers will be held at Leon Springs, near San Antonio, Texas, beginning August 27. This information was given out by the War Department this afternoon.
San Antonian Ed White becomes the first astronaut to “walk” in space when he opens the hatch of his Gemini 4 capsule and floats outside.
The Rolling Stones perform at Convention Center Arena, the first of two consecutive sold-out shows.
1917 – World War I
The St. Anthony Hotel offers a “Khaki Night” of “Music, Dancing and Happiness” on their roof garden. Cover charge is $1.50 and soldiers are specifically invited to wear their khaki uniforms.
The Texas Theater shows a one-night-only sneak preview of “Wings,” starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, before the official world premiere at the Criterion Theater in New York on August 12. The motion picture was filmed in and around San Antonio and would win the first “Best Picture” Academy Award.
Nearly two months before the release of their second eponymous LP, Anglo-American band Fleetwood Mac, featuring new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, play a concert in Municipal Auditorium.
1917 – World War I
Only 130 more men are required this morning to complete the list of 2,500 who are to be given training as reserve officers at the Leon Springs camp. 487 men were added yesterday and the list is expected to be complete by tonight.
Los Angeles Heights is the first suburb incorporated into the city.
With a dream and an initial investment of $35,000, former priest Tom Adams begins making split-vamp, double-tie athletic shoes. He names them Kaepa after his two daughters, Mikaela (nicknamed “Kae”) and (Pa)ula.
Radio station KEXL goes off the air.
The Menger Hotel holds its grand opening.
Johnny Winter plays Municipal Auditorium. Opening acts are Peter Frampton and the James Cotton Band. Frampton would record his multi-platinum live album “Frampton Comes Alive” on this tour a few months later.
The new Main Library building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.
The American Basketball Association’s eighth annual All-Star game is played in Convention Center Arena. The East team defeats the West, 151-124. Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis is named the Most Valuable Player with 26 points, 11 assists and two steals. His prize is $2,000 cash or a quarter horse named “Tough Julie.” He chose the horse. Unfortunately, “Tough Julie” died three weeks later.
A small explosive blast, followed by a puff of brown smoke and a rousing round of applause signaled the official start of construction today of San Antonio’s new West Side Freeway. Some 300 people gathered in Westover Hills just yards from Sea World of Texas’ Garden of Flags for the dedication of State Highway 151, its new official name.
Seventy-five years ago today, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records “Cross Road Blues” in the Gunter Hotel on Houston Street. The song would later be notably covered by Cream featuring the guitar prowess of Eric Clapton.
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.
The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio.
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of the (old) Majestic Theater.
With science predicting that half of America will be living in trailers within the next 15 years, San Antonio was at the start of a record-breaking tourist season and the title “Highway gypsy capital of the U.S.”
Waylon Jennings brings his Country & Western All-Star Show to Convention Center Arena, featuring his wife Jessi Colter, Tompall (Glaser) and the Outlaw Band, and Rusty Weir. These performers, with Willie Nelson replacing Rusty Weir, would be featured on the album “Wanted! The Outlaws” the following year. This was the first country & western album to be certified platinum with sales of one million copies.
The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their home opener at Alamo Stadium against the Charlotte Hornets in front of 12,325 fans. The Wings win, 27-10. However, the WFL folds in October.
Postmaster Dan Quill spurned pleas from a veterans organization that oak trees planted in front of the old post office by Teddy Roosevelt not be chopped down.
Aerosmith, promoting their “Toys In the Attic” album, opens for ZZ Top in Convention Center Arena.
San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio’s drinking water after a decades-long debate.