Boerne State Bank opens for business. It is purchased by San Antonio’s National Bank of Commerce on February 7, 1986. It is converted to a national bank under the name NBC Bank – Boerne on April 30, 1988.
The San Antonio Light features an illustration of the new Central Trust Building (right) designed by Atlee Ayers to be located at the corner of Navarro and Houston Streets. It will be completed later this year at a cost of $500,000. (It’s still there.)
The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium (now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts) is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.
If snow falls in San Antonio on Christmas or New Year’s it will indeed be a miracle. In the 52 years the weather bureau has kept records, snow has never fallen on those days. (Still true. – Ed.)
Mayor Lila Cockrell and other dignitaries cut the ribbon opening the new 502-room Marriott (Riverwalk) hotel.
Several bones and parts of a skeleton were plowed up from the federal courthouse site today. They are believed to be part of the bones of the Alamo heroes.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Carlo Maria Giulini, performs in Laurie Auditorium.
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.
The moss-covered fountain in the patio of the county courthouse, for so long a beautiful relic of history, is to be sent to the Joske Memorial Home to make room for expansion.
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall. He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt. He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.
A $10 per ticket premiere of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” will be held at two theaters tonight to benefit the San Antonio Easter Seals Chapter. The San Antonio premiere of the movie will be held at 8:30 the Cine Cinco theater in Windsor Park Mall and 7:30 at the Northwest Six theaters.
The Marriott Rivercenter hotel holds its grand opening festivities.
San Antonio’s new federal building and post office opens on Alamo Plaza. Ralph Cameron, a San Antonian, was architect and A. W Kutsch and Sons of Detroit were general contractors. The contract price was $1,768.510.93 but with extras which included features of the building cut out of the original plans and replaced, total cost of the building when entirely completed will aggregate approximately $2,225,000.
Dillards opens a new 180,000 square-foot store at Ingram Mall.
The Go-Go’s play Convention Center Arena. A Flock of Seagulls opens the show.
The Rough Riders are going. The entire regiment is expected to be out of camp and on the way to Cuba before nightfall. They will leave even though they have not received all their equipment.
1917 – World War I
San Antonio and El Paso each are to each have a camp for the training of a division of troops under the recommendations of Brigadier General Parker, which were approved today by the War Department. The location of the other four division camps in the Southern Department were not announced by the department. It is believed the division to be trained at San Antonio will be stationed in cantonments to be built immediately at Camp Wilson. It is probable that troops now occupying Camp Wilson will be moved to Leon Springs and elsewhere to clear the entire site for use of the division.
U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. of San Antonio is assassinated while getting into his car at his home in San Antonio. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, is later convicted of the crime and sentenced to two life terms.
The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park. This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.
During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from a parked motorhome. Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.
World War I – April 6, 1917: The United States enters the war
Two days after the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally enters World War I. While reading the headlines, songwriting George M. Cohan begins humming a tune that would become his most famous and successful song – “Over There.”
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play the first of two nights at Ricardo’s Cadillac at 5154 Broadway.
The Council House Fight takes place in the building next to San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.
Construction of a portion of the Harry Wurzbach Memorial highway leading to Camp Bullis, a project involving the expenditure of more than $400.000, was approved today by the WPA. This link will begin at West avenue and extend northwest to the south line of Camp Bullis, a distance of seven and one-half miles. The entire Memorial highway will extend 17 miles, linking the camp with Fort Sam Houston and costing a total of more than $1,000,000.
(This road is known today as Northwest Military Highway.)
San Antonio’s new main mail processing center on Perrin-Beitel Road is officially opened. The new facility replaces the downtown post office as the Postal Service’s main facility in San Antonio. The downtown Houston Street post office will be a substation and will continue to offer window and post office box services.