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August 29 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light features an advertisement for the Boys’ Working Reserve, a new program developed by the Department of Labor “to mobilize the boy power of the nation.”  Boys 16 to 21 years of age can enlist to work on farms for six weeks or so during the summer.

Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Cabaret club in Bandera, Texas.

Blockbuster Video announces its first San Antonio location at 9885 IH-10 West in the Colonnade. They would acquire the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus retail chains in 1992, but declare bankruptcy on Sept. 23, 2010.


April 27 in San Antonio history…

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.

1918 – World War I
H. S. Reed, a farmer, was taken from his home near Edinburg, fifteen miles north of McAllen today.  He was badly beaten and shot through the shoulder for allegedly refusing to subscribe for Liberty Bonds.  Reed refuses to talk and his assailants are unknown to police officers.

The first heart transplant in San Antonio was performed by a team of surgeons from Medical Center Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.

April 10 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Camp Travis barracks buildings in which have been housed the “measles colony” of the camp soon will be relieved of the patients.  Col. I. W. Rand, commander of the camp hospital, said today that the measles patients would immediately be removed to the convalescent hospital wards just completed.  Until now, measles patients have been housed in quarantine barracks under armed guard, for lack of room to care for them in hospital buildings.

The San Antonio Express reports that a demolition permit is being sought to raze the art deco-style Laurel Theater at 2310 San Pedro Avenue in the Monte Vista Historical District. City staff said the owner, Barshop Enterprises, wants to clear the land and has no other site plans. The request will go to the Historic Review Board.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” bring their NPR “Car Talk” show to the Lila Cockrell Theater for a live broadcast.

March 31 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Daylight Saving time takes effect for the first time at 2 a.m.  “Before closing the store [tonight],” said Max Goodman of the Hertzberg Jewelry Company yesterday, “we will set forward our street clock, the clock in the window and six or seven large time pieces in the store.  The other watches and clocks will be allowed to run down.  Monday morning we will wind them all up again and set them to the new time.”

A three-alarm fire rages through the walls and roof of the Texas Transportation Museum in Hemisfair Plaza, ruining the collection of Fiesta gowns, damaging stored European and Texas paintings and furniture, but leaving most of the museum’s priceless automobile collection miraculously unscathed.  Three of the 55 cars in the collection, said to be the tenth largest in the country, were destroyed: a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, a 1940 American Bantam mini-car, and a 1957 Lotus racer, valued at a total of about $35,000 (about $108,000 in 2017 dollars).

The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes.  It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.

March 3 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The number of cases of sickness at both the Fort Sam Houston and Camp Travis hospitals has greatly decreased in the past week.  Yesterday, there were 1,452 at Ft. Sam Houston, down from 1,680 a week ago.  The Camp Travis hospital had 1,606 patients plus 666 mumps cases in barracks.  There were 265 pneumonia cases, 11 meningitis, 55 influenza, 21 measles and other minor ailments.  This is a drop of nearly 30 percent from a week ago.

President Johnson, accompanied by top brass and members of his cabinet, lifted the veil on the world’s largest airplane – the C-5A Galaxy – today in Marietta, Georgia.  The mammoth airplane, with President Johnson called “a new era in our nation’s strength,” will be maintained at the Kelly Air Force Base repair depot after it is put into service in June 1969.

The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes.  It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Owing to the prompt and efficient work of the Kelly Field fire department and the military police, the fire that broke out in general headquarters this morning was promptly extinguished with damage of not more than $500.

A plan for a “hemisfair” – a world’s fair for Latin American countries and the U.S. – was being considered today.  A chamber of commerce committee decided to probe the possibility of having such a fair in 1960.

Sculptor Lincoln Borglum, who completed his father Gutzon’s work on Mount Rushmore in 1941, is buried in City Cemetery #1.  Borglum died on January 27 in a Corpus Christi hospital.

January 8 in San Antonio history…

In a brief telegram authorized by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, directed to Mrs. D. F. Ainsworth, president of the San Antonio Public Library; Mr. Carnegie offers to give the sum of $50,000 for the establishment of a library here, provided the city will supply an isolated site for a building and $5,000 yearly for the maintenance of the institution. The formal proposition embodying the conditions usually imposed by Mr. Carnegie in such cases has been forwarded by mail and may be expected soon.

World War I – January 8, 1918:
On this day 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced his Fourteen Points, which would serve as the basis for peace in November 1918. With the Fourteen Points, Wilson sought to break the will of the Central Powers to fight by promising a just peace that would guarantee national independence and self-determination for all peoples involved in the war.

The legendary Eastwood Country Club on San Antonio’s East Side is destroyed by fire.  Eastwood hosted many legendary performers through the years, such as Etta James, the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Bobby Blue Bland, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner and, of course, Miss Wiggles. (Photo from the San Antonio Register.)

November 30 in San Antonio history…

B.B. King, along with Bill Harvey & his Orchestra, entertain at the Carver Library auditorium.

“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Crosby recorded the Christmas spccial a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977.  The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”

Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark, better known as OMD, performs in Laurie Auditorium with the Models opening.

November 1 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The new war tax went into effect at midnight overnight.  These taxes include:  One cent on each dime paid for amusement admissions, three percent on payments for freight transportation, eight percent on passenger fares, ten percent on payments for Pullman and similar accommodations, five percent on oil pipeline transportation, one cent for each 20 cents or  fraction paid for express packages, five cents on each telegraph, telephone or radio message costing fifteen cents or more, various taxes on cigars, cigarettes, tobacco and products, ten percent on club dues, and eight cents on each $100 of new life insurance and one cent on each dollar of premiums paid on fire, marine, casualty and other insurance policies.

North Star Mall opens their new wing with Marshall Field’s and food court.

The new $190 million SBC Center opens with the Spurs defeating the Toronto Raptors, 91-72, in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,787.  The Raptors score an NBA-record low six points in the fourth quarter.  George Strait performs a sold-out show in the new arena the following night.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

An early morning fire at Travis Park Methodist Church caused an estimated $75,000 damage to the downtown landmark.

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is shown for the first time ever at the Woodlawn Theater.