Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Governor of the new Province of Texas, accompanies Father Damian Massanet on his return trip to East Texas. While camping at a rancherria of Payaya Indians on a stream called Yanaguana, they celebrate mass and rename the stream San Antonio because it was the feast day of San Antonio de Padua.
1917 – World War I
Major General Pershing arrived in Paris late today. He landed in France this morning at Bologne.
Larry Brown resigns as head basketball coach at the University of Kansas to pursue what he calls “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which [sic] I couldn’t turn down.” He becomes the tenth head coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Bulls win their American Football Association season opener against a team the Express-News calls, “a rag-tag assemblage of football fumblers who called themselves the Oklahoma City Drillers. Perhaps the Drillees would have been more appropriate.” Final score: Bulls 76, Drillers 0. (This score was one point short of tying the AFA single season record of 77 points, also set by San Antonio, against Ft. Worth in 1977.)
Sea World of Texas holds grand opening festivities featuring television stars throughout the park, such as Bob Keeshan of “Captain Kangaroo,” Tina Yothers of “Family Ties,” and Bryce Beckham of “Mr. Belvedere.” Susan Howard of “Dallas” said, “God gave someone good sense and the powers that be for choosing San Antonio as a site for the park. This is truly a Memorial Day that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.”
Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, comes to San Antonio for an airshow and a reunion of his WWII 357th Fighter Group squadron.
Comprehensive plans for a $10 million federal pavilion at HemisFair 1968 in San Antonio have been approved by President Johnson and legislation has been introduced in Congress for an appropriation.
Smokey and the Bandit premiered in San Antonio at the North Star and South Park Mall theaters.
B.J. “Red” McCombs buys the San Antonio Spurs from Angelo Drossos for $47 million. “I’m ecstatic,” says Mayor Henry Cisneros. “The Spurs are in the hands of a San Antonian and that’s the most important thing.”
The men’s dormitory of the Moody Sanitarium in Alamo Heights was destroyed and the women’s buildings and pump house damaged by a fire that broke out at 12:15 o’clock this morning in the furnace room of the men’s building. Thirty patients were in the building but were rescued by the nurses with the help of members of the United States field hospital No. 6, who came from the Fort Sam Houston hospital only a short distance away. The loss was estimated at $35,000.
This is the first day that income tax is due on April 15. When the Sixteenth Amendment was passed in 1913, the filing deadline for individuals was March 1. It was changed to March 15 in 1918.
Sea World of Texas opens.
The San Antonio Light, an afternoon paper, proudly trumpeted the news that John Glenn had become the first American to orbit the earth (right). The Express, a morning paper, could only report the countdown in progress.
After 88 years in business, Wolff and Marx closes their downtown department store in the Rand Building at Soledad and Houston along with North Star Mall location (later reopened as Joske’s).
RiverCenter Mall holds its grand opening festivities.
After four years of remodeling and widening, Soledad was opened from Commerce to Houston.
A plan to air condition Municipal Auditorium as well as San Pedro Playhouse was revealed today by Mayor Callaghan by issuance of $200,000 in revenue bonds.
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.
Hundreds of local veterans today swamped San Antonio banks to cash their terminal leave bonds. When all bonds are cashed locally it is expected an estimated $6,000,000 to $10,000,000 will have been distributed.
KENS Channel 5 begins broadcasting the new expanded half-hour CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite at 5:30 p.m. The CBS news will be followed by a half-hour local newscast with Jim Abbott, Dan Cook and Jerry Zimmerman.
Longtime San Antonio country & western radio station KBUC 107.5 FM switches formats to become a Spanish music station with call letters KZVE. Well-known KBUC d.j.’s Bruce Hathaway, Ron Houston and Max Gardner are terminated, along with the rest of the staff.
The Northwest Center Shopping Center, featuring Kresge’s, J.C. Penney and HEB, holds its grand opening.
The legend of the famed Rose Window of San Jose Mission is one of the major themes being presented in the production of “San Jose Story” at the San Jose Outdoor Theater through August 17.
Rolling Oaks Mall opens at Nacogdoches and Loop 1604. Phase One, with 570,000 square feet of leasable area, features Dillards, Sears, Circus World, County Seat, Deck the Walls, Everything’s a Dollar, Foot Action, Hasting’s Records, Naturalizer, Radio Shack, The Accessory Store, Unique Creations, Waldenbooks, Woolworth Express, Zales and six Santikos theaters. The mall also contains 14 restaurants and a 400-seat dining area. Designed to grow with the community, Rolling Oaks plans to add four major department stores and one junior department store by the year 1990 — increasing the mall’s leasable space to 1.2 million square feet.
A new bunting flag was put up over the Alamo yesterday afternoon to replace the old cotton one which was tattered and torn. It has only been within the past few months that the Texas flag has waved over the Alamo. Heretofore, the United States flag was used.
San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to African-Americans.
Lightning strikes steeple of Hot Wells bathhouse causing extensive fire damage for the fourth time.
Officer Frederick Fieldstrup is the first recorded San Antonio Police Officer in San Antonio to die in the line of duty. He is killed on the corner of Market Street and Alamo Street in a shoot-out with Bill Hart, a notorious gambler, and two of his companions. Hart and his two companions were also killed along with Fieldstrup.
Salem Binladen, half-brother to Osama, dies when his ultralight aircraft hits some powerlines and crashes in Schertz.
Paul McCartney brings his “New World Tour” concert to San Antonio. 44, 468 fans see the former Beatle in the first event ever held in the Alamodome.