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May 10 in San Antonio history…

1723
The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1911
KELLEY-George-E.M.-Second-Lieutenant-U.S.-Army-in-Curtiss-Trainer-1911Lt. George E. Kelly (right) is killed in air crash at Camp Travis (flying Army Aeroplane #2 – a Curtiss Model D Type IV). Kelly Field and later Kelly Air Force Base would be named for him.

1917 – World War I
Conferees on the Army bill agreed today that the age limit for conscription shall be 21 to 30 years inclusive, in place of the 21 to 27 limits in the Senate bill and 21 to 40 in the House bill.  The measure will be reported to the two Houses for confirmation as soon as possible.

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July 1 in San Antonio history…

1916 – World War I
In the Somme River region of France, the British launch an offensive against German forces. The British suffer 19,240 deaths and 38,240 wounded in the first day. This is the worst day in the history of the British Army.

1959
Virgil T. Blossom, former superintendent of the embattled Little Rock School District in Arkansas, becomes superintendent of North East School District.

1994
St. Luke’s Lutheran Hospital becomes part of the Baptist Memorial Hospital System and is renamed St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital.   This is the fifth in the Baptist system of hospitals and the first in the Medical Center.  With the closure of Lutheran General Hospital in 1991, this merger means that no Lutheran-affiliated hospitals remain in San Antonio.

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The San Antonio Texans, the Alamo City’s Canadian Football League franchise, wins their first-ever game, 47-24, over the Shreveport Pirates.  There are many real Texans on the team, including position coaches Guy Morriss and Bill Bradley, Phil Brown and Grady Cavness from Texas and Lance Teichelman from Texas A&M.

September 18 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The German government will give its careful consideration to the evidence concerning the circumstances which attended the sinking of the steamer Arabic, submitted by the American government through Ambassador Gerard. Gottlieb von Jagow, the foreign minister, made a statement to this effect in an interview last night with the Associated Press.

1916
Classes begin today for the San Antonio schools.  Main Avenue High School has a new history teacher this year named Walter Prescott Webb.

1957
City Manager Mathews unveiled plans for a new $23,096,500 bond issue before some 1200 citizens at Municipal Auditorium.  The plans include $12 million for storm drainage, $1.5 million for streets; $3 million for sanitary sewers; $2,750,000 for a new police headquarters and $816,500 for park improvements. Police Chief Bichsel called the new police headquarters “San Antonio’s desperate need.”  He said, “It is impossible for your police officers to provide efficient and adequate protection of life and property when hobbled by outmoded inadequate facilities.”

1986
Joint public TV stations KLRN-TV of San Antonio and KLRU-TV of Austin vote to split up and work toward operating independently.  Starting in October, each station will begin keeping its own books.

September 7 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The House and the State Department continued to preserve strict silence Monday on the published statement to Ambassador Dumba of Austria that he had taken part in a movement to curtail production of war materials in the United States by reminding Austro-Hungarian subjects that they were violating the criminal code of their native land by accepting employment in U.S. munitions plants. The ambassador will be meeting with Secretary of State Lansing.

1921
Rain began falling in San Antonio and would continue for three days leading to widespread flooding, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas. The immense amount of rain quickly overwhelmed the the San Antonio River. Most of the victims were trapped in their cars by the surprise flood and drowned. Five to 10 feet of water submerged the city’s streets, delaying an evacuation.
The city was underwater for nearly a week following the flood, which was responsible for at least $5 million in damages. In the aftermath, San Antonio embarked on a 10-year overhaul of its flood system.

1936
San Antonio’s parking meters are proving a booming business. Fire and Police Commissioner Phil Wright said the meters had an average daily receipt of 41 cents per meter through their eighth day of operation.

1972
The first Folklife Festival opens on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures. 7,546 people attend on opening day.

June 24 in San Antonio history…

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Oswald Boelcke, one of the earliest and best German fighter pilots of World War I, makes the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane (right).  The Fokker Eindecker, a plane equipped first with one and eventually with two machine guns that could fire straight ahead through the aircraft’s propellers, would have a huge impact on air combat in the Great War and would put the Luftstreitkrafte, the German Air Service, far ahead of the Allied air forces for several months during the summer of 1915. The British referred to this as the Fokker Menace or the Fokker Scourge.

1939
Mayor Maverick today has obtained from Aubrey Williams, NYA director, a commitment for $100,00 of NYA funds for restoration of the Villita Street Spanish Village.

1949
Trinity Baptist Church is founded.

1981
Ronald Reagan visits the Alamo City for the first time since becoming our 40th President.  He is the keynote speaker at the 61st annual convention of the United States Jaycees.  Hugh O’Brian, Wayne Newton and Danny Thomas are among other celebrities speaking at the event in the Convention Center.

June 15 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
The Board of Trade begins its investigation into the sinking of the Lusitania. The claim by German forces that the ship had been armed is ruled untrue at the end of the trial in mid-July. (In December 2008, an investigation into the shipwreck found four million U.S.-made .303 bullets in a cargo hold. The ship was also carrying shrapnel artillery shells without powder charges and artillery fuses.)

1903
The San Antonio Public Library opens in the Carnegie-funded building on Market Street.

2003
David Robinson plays his final game as the Spurs defeat the New Jersey Nets, 88-77, in game six of the NBA Finals for their second NBA title.  Tim Duncan is named Finals MVP for the second time and finishes with a near-quadruple-double:  21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocked shots.  Robinson and Duncan share Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” honors at the end of the year.

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The San Antonio Spurs (right) cap their “Drive for Five” with a 104-87 win over the Miami Heat, avenging last year’s heartbreaking Finals loss and earning their fifth NBA Championship.

January 10 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Sixteen German aeroplanes attempt to cross the English Channel but, foiled by the weather, bomb Dunkirk, France instead.

1950
San Antonio’s second television station, KEYL, goes on the air with its first test pattern (right) , broadcasting on Channel 5, at noon today. Regular programming began on February 1. The station is operated by the San Antonio Television Company.   (KEYL will later change its call letters to KENS.)

1968
Diana Ross & the Supremes play a concert at the Sams Memorial Center at Trinity University.