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Feburary 13 in San Antonio history…

On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

1918 – World War I
A. Summers, a member of the 28th Canadian Battalion and injured in a gas attack in France in September of 1916, has decided to settle in San Antonio in hopes that the balmy climate will help heal his injured lungs.  He recounted the story of the gas attack in the San Antonio Light.

Mel Tillis entertains at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo


January 22 in San Antonio history…

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.

January 3 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two first lieutenants from Kelly Field and six young men were arrested at a downtown hotel last night while engaged in a craps game.  Belief was expressed that the lieutenants would forfeit their commissions as a result.

Though the weather is gradually moderating with only one more freeze predicted, six San Antonio schools were still closed today because of frozen heating systems and plumbing fixtures.

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will have its first queen this year.  The lucky winner will have a place of honor in the opening parade which winds its way through the city on opening day and choice box seats to the 1978 shows.  She also wins a western outfit from Harry’s Western Store, a fur felt, hand-creased Resistol cowboy hat and all-leather, hand-stitched boots to match her outfit.  Finally, she wins a 7-day trip for two to Acapulco, Mexico with accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Acapulco with $500 expense money.

January 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A representative of the Secretary of War, sent here to investigate vice conditions, has few if any compliments for the manner in which local city and county officers are enforcing the laws.  He says there is too much politics.

San Antonio students celebrated today’s severe 18-degree temperatures.  The high and junior schools were dismissed when all heating systems were disabled.  Officials hope for more moderate temperatures tomorrow.

San Antonio fans and alumni of the University of Texas are saddened when the #1-ranked Texas Longhorns, with Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, are crushed by Notre Dame, 38-10, in the annual Cotton Bowl.  The previously undefeated Longhorns were a touchdown favorite.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

The automobile crash that took the life of Fire Chief William P. Bishop and Lt. Kooplin yesterday claims two more lives as Claude Ratterree, the chief’s chauffeur, and 10-year-old M. D. George die at Robert B. Green hospital.

The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

Weather forecasters are predicting a 50% chance of freezing rain and/or snow for late tonight and tomorrow morning.  Temperatures are predicted to drop into the upper 20’s tomorrow morning with wind velocities between 15 and 25 mph.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
All records for flying in the United States have been broken at Kelly Field.  According to a report made to Colonel W. D. Chitty, commandant, by Major Paul Ferron, officer in charge of the flying department, the flying record Saturday at Kelly Field broke any so far made in the United States, the total number of hours in the air amounting to 211.  This is declared to exceed all other records, even those of San Diego, one of the oldest schools of aviation in the United States.

The City Council yesterday passed an ordinance creating six positions for city policewomen.  They will earn $70 a month and be permitted to carry sidearms.

The J.C. Penney Company opens their sixth San Antonio store today at Ingram Park Mall.  The new store is the company’s 149th store in Texas and 2,090th in the J. C. Penney chain.  It has almost 180,000 square feet of floor space, 42 merchandise departments and 325 employees.


December 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – WWI
After a two-week renovation, the Manhattan Cafe reopens for public inspection as “the best equipped and most sanitary cafe and restaurant in the South.”

The Randolph Ro-Hawks lose in the Class 2A state semifinals to Sealy, 42-18.  Sealy halfback (and future NFL star) Eric Dickerson runs for 132 yards on 15 carries.

The Alamo Heights Mules claim the Class 4A state title with a 40-28 win over Copperas Cove in the Alamodome.  Copperas Cove features future Heisman trophy winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Water Works are incorporated.

Nineteen-year-old Isaac Stern, violinist, will be heard in recital today at San Pedro Playhouse under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Club.

Black Sabbath plays Convention Center Arena with opening act Van Halen.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The airplane that fell inside of Mexican territory months ago when Col. H. S. Bishop and Lieut. W. A. Robertson of the San Diego, Cal., flying station, came near losing their lives, has been salvaged and is now in the repair shops at Kelly Field.  The plane reached San Antonio yesterday by freight, coming from Ajo, Arizona.  It was brought there by civilians who entered Mexico about six weeks ago and hauled the plane out on a motor truck.

The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

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Billy Joel visits brings his “52nd Street” tour to Convention Center Arena.

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The arrival of a special train bearing 300 recruits for the national army from Oklahoma enlivened the routine of Camp Travis this morning and for a while presented a problem to the army officers in charge. Somewhere en route the Oklahomans had obtained a plentiful supply of liquor and had staged a celebration as a farewell to civil life. The celebration had included a number of old-time rough and tumble alley fights, in which various members of the party had suffered lacerated scalps, sprained hands, blackened eyes and bloody noses. Some of the recruits had to be put to bed to “sleep it off” while at least four had to be sent to the hospital for first aid treatment.

San Antonio is one of several cities under consideration to receive funding for the construction of a solar powered electrical generating plant, City Public Service officials have announced.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.