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April 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Last Friday, just before a mob very nearly lynched his father in Collinsville, Oklahoma, Henry Rheimer, Jr. was facing questions before a number of officers at Camp Travis here.  Young Rheimer claims he is of the Dunkard religious faith and does not believe in taking human life.  As a conscientious objector, he will very likely be placed in an organization where he will be required to do manual labor but will not have to face combat.

Girl entertainers in two carnival shows were ordered to don clothing by Mayor C. K. Quin following complaints from the Legion of Decency, Knights of Columbus.

RepublicBank receives a permit from city council to demolish the Texas Theater.  The Conservation Society receives a federal court order to delay the demolition for 60 days.


March 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Daylight saving now awaits only President Wilson’s approval.  House amendments to the daylight saving bill requiring all time-pieces to be advanced one hour, beginning the last Sunday in March were accepted by the Senate.

Six downtown stores and a city-wide drugstore integrate lunch counters and cafeterias. The stores were: Woolworth’s, Kress, Neisner’s, Grant’s, Green’s, McCrory’s Variety Store and Sommer’s Drug Stores.

Tommy Tutone, with their new song “867-5309/Jenny” just breaking into the Billboard Top 40, plays Rock Saloon.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The work of issuing identification cards to German aliens, who registered recently, began in earnest this morning and it was a busy scene in the office of the Chief of Police. Chief Lancaster has several officers assisting him in the work.  The cards will be issued daily until all have been distributed.

Date-making flying cadets have made empty telephone booths scarce about town and prompted the Gunter Hotel to install a whole battery of the nickel-dialers to the basement.

Athens, Georgia’s own B-52’s play their first concert in San Antonio at Rock Saloon.

February 19 in San Antonio history…

The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.

1918 – World War I
Silently eloquent, a new flag hangs over the doorway of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary on Prospect Hill.  It is a service flag with seventeen starts on the red-bordered ground of the flag.

Inebriated rocker Ozzy Osbourne causes a scandal after urinating on the Alamo cenotaph while wearing a dress.  He is arrested and charged with public intoxication.  Later that evening, after posting $40 bail, he performs in concert with UFO and Starfighters in front of 14,500 fans in the Arena.
A few days later, city councilman Bernardo Eureste asks, “Could we have a resolution to forbid this dude from coming back into town?”  Guitarist Randy Rhoads would die in a plane crash exactly one month later, on March 19, 1982.

February 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Seven planes were damaged during yesterday’s flying at Kelly Field but no serious injuries were received.  Lieutenant Hightower went into a tailspin at 6,000 feet but recovered sufficiently to land on the golf course at Brackenridge Park.

Bobby Sherman performs at Municipal Auditorium, setting teenage hearts aflutter for Valentine’s Day.

The Irish supergroup U2 (right) makes their first appearance in San Antonio, playing at Cardi’s – a briefly renamed Randy’s Rodeo, promoting their current album “October.”  Tickets are $3.

February 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Miss Katherine Stinson, world famous San Antonio girl aviator, has returned to the city from the Pacific coast, where she has been flying in exhibitions during the winter.  Miss Stinson will remain in San Antonio indefinitely, taking up the work as instructor at the Stinson flying school south of the city.

San Antonio begins transition from streetcars to buses, discontinuing the Highland Park, Denver Heights, Beacon Hill, Tobin Hill and South Presa traction lines.

Visitors to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo are treated to a number of improvements inside and outside of the Coliseum, including the brand new Harry Freeman Entertainment Center to the west of the main building.  Concession stands have been spruced up or completely remade.  The Family Center has become the Branding Iron Cafeteria and Club and the Ranch House Restaurant has been renovated completely.

November 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The average American soldier subscribed $75.76 to the Seonc Liberty Loan, making a a total army subscription of $89,273,650.

Comedian Kip Adotta entertains at the San Antonio Comedy Club.

Lanier defeats Fox Tech, 14-7 in the Chili Bowl – the first football game played in the Alamodome.

October 17 in San Antonio history…

President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1917 – World War I
Striking airplane posters by J. Paul Verees, showing the American war plane in flight with its blue star marking, have been received at the departmental aeronautical office at Ft. Sam Houston.  As a result of this campaign, it is expected that men will begin to come into Kelly Field by the thousands within the next few weeks.  “Join the air service and serve in France” is the inscription on the poster.

George Bush speaks at Laurie Auditorium.

October 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
First Lieut. Fenton Harrison McGlachlin died at 8:45 o’clock this evening at the Base Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, from injuries he received Sunday afternoon when an airplane in which he was a passenger, fell to earth. He never regained consciousness after the accident. Lieutenant McGlachlin was the son of Brig. Gen. Edward McGlachlin, commander of the 165th artillery brigade, Camp
Travis, and acted as aide-de-camp to his father.

“I Love Lucy” premieres at 7:00 p.m. on WOAI-TV (right).

The British band Jethro Tull, named for the inventor of the seed drill, plays Convention Center Arena.  Canadian rockers Saga open the show.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Brigadier generals, colonels, majors, captains and lieutenants, old and young were included in a hard drilling which Maj. J. H. Kohler, master physical instructor at West Point, conducted at Camp Travis this morning.  More than 1,225 officers participated in the setting up exercise which loosened up stiff joins and set their blood to tingling.

HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

Noise To Go, featuring Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack, plays the Bonham Exchange.  Claude Morgan & the Blast open the show.