1917 – World War I
Departing from a traditional policy formed at its inception, the Republic will raise its army of 2,000,000 men by selective conscription. The draft army bill passed both House and Senate shortly before midnight; the House by 397 to 24, and the Senate by 81 to 8.
Demolition is begun on the State Theater on the northwest corner of Flores and Houston streets (right). This theater was originally named the Majestic and opened in 1913. Acts such as Mae West, The Marx Brothers and Houdini all appeared there. The name was changed to the State when the current Majestic Theater was constructed in 1929.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas announce that a 49-year old plaque honoring Clara Driscoll was stolen “about a month ago” off the face of the Alamo where it had been relocated earlier this year. Thieves were able to pry the plaque loose despite it having been anchored with bolts six inches deep in the stone wall. The DRT notified police about the missing plaque but there had been no publicity, except a tiny classified newspaper ad saying: “Lost. Clara Driscoll plaque from the Alamo. Finder return. No questions asked.”
1917 – World War I
Austria-Hungary, under pressure from Germany, has severed diplomatic relations with the United States.
The San Antonio City Council votes to rename San Pedro Tennis Courts to McFarlin Tennis Center.
President Gerald Ford visits San Antonio during his re-election campaign and infamously bites into a tamale without removing the husk. (right) This is later humorously referred to as “The Great Tamale Incident.”
To avert the threat of a bus strike, a new fare structure goes into effect today and the sale of bus tokens is eliminated. Outstanding tokens will continue to be honored until March 15.
The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes. It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.
Miss Julia Grothaus, a native San Antonian and a graduate of the School of Library Science, University of Illinois, had been appointed assistant librarian of the Carnegie Public Library.
The American Freedom Train arrives in San Antonio for a four-day visit to celebrate the Bicentennial.
Country music superstars (Kix) Brooks and (Ronnie) Dunn perform at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.
The old City Hall clock which tolled the passing of the hours since it was placed in the tower in 1890 has been declared beyond human aid and will be retired.
City Council declares the Robert E. Lee Hotel a public nuisance.
2010 & 2011
Lady Antebellum performs on this date in two consecutive years at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business. The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.
The deed to transfer the Kampmann property at 4th and Avenue E to the Scottish Rite Masons of San Antonio has been filed with a consideration set at $65,000 in cash. Plans are to erect a temple on the site.
The votes have been counted in yesterday’s election and San Antonio voters have rejected, by a four-to-one margin, a 129-acre “supermall” to be located over the Edwards Aquifer at Loop 1604. Owners of the shopping mall site said they will file suit Monday contesting the legality of the election.
Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.
Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite appears with the San Antonio Symphony to narrate Aaron Copeland’s “A Lincoln Portrait.”
The Bluebonnet Hotel at St. Mary’s and Pecan streets opens for business.
A large, regional shopping mall, consisting of five major department stores in a two-level enclosed structure will be built at Ingram Road and Loop 410, a Fort Worth realtor announced today. Sid Uberman, the realtor who also put together the Windsor Park Mall package, said the center will contain more than 1 million square feet of retail space. Approximately 100 stores will be in the new mall.
Snow falls on San Antonio! The town of Clifton, near Waco, receives 24 inches, still the greatest amount of snow ever to fall in Texas. The Alamo city receives a paltry 2.9 inches of the white stuff.
Southwestern Bell raises the price of a pay phone call from 10 cents to 20 cents statewide. The 10 cent rate had been in effect since 1957.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes the first of their annual holiday trips to San Antonio and performs in Municipal Auditorium.
Ignacia Agustina Munoz y Morillo is the first recorded baptism in the parish of San Fernando.
After 17 years of planning, battling and waiting, the end is in sight for completion of the North Freeway, now officially named the W.W. McAllister Freeway. The last section extends from Sandau Road on the south to north of Bitters Road on the north, a distance of some two or three miles. Construction on this final section should begin in five to six months and should be completed in about 18 months, according to Mal Steinberg, highway department consultant.