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July 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonio aviator Edgar Tobin shoots down two German fighter planes over Vieville, France for which he receives the Distinguished Flying Cross:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar Gardner Tobin, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville, France, July 16, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines in the region of Vieville, First Lieutenant Tobin attacked an enemy formation of six single-seaters. He destroyed two himself and forced down a third out of control.

Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

Parade fanfare and visits by Gov. Shivers and Hollywood stars will mark the world premiere of “The Man From the Alamo” at the Majestic Theater today.


July 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I 
Col. R. Smith-Barry, Lieut. Col. George Philippi and Major Henan, all of the Royal Air Force, who are now on a tour of the flying fields of the United States, will leave San Antonio later today after visiting Brooks and Kelly Fields.

The first general meeting of the San Antonio civil defense organization was held in the Gunter Hotel and resulted in a collection of many aluminum pots and pans.

The Jacksons, featuring lead singer Michael Jackson, play a concert in Hemisfair Arena, the fifth stop on a tour that began July 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two bottles of beer mailed to a Camp Travis soldier by a civilian friend have been confiscated by Capt. Dick Fleming, camp intelligence officer.  The soldier is “on the carpet” to tell what he knows about the situation and the civilian may face repercussions.  A dozen or more soldiers have offered to dispose of the beer.

The Varsity Drive-In Theater at Culebra and Bandera roads holds its grand opening, showing “An Apartment for Peggy.”

General Cinema Corporation begins selling reserved seat tickets to the San Antonio premiere showing of “2001: A Space Odyssey” that begins on the 17th at Cinema II located at North Star Mall.

July 13 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Daily Herald newspaper ceases publication.

1918 – World War I
The Fatherless Children of France Committee in San Antonio establishes a booth in the St. Anthony Hotel selling items to raise funds for French babies orphaned by the war.

Pvt. Ralph Watson chose Friday the 13th to make his 13th parachute jump at Kelly Field but the Kelly commander, Lt. Col. Henry B. Clagett, nixed his plan to push a parachuted black cat from the plane first.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois, Signal Corps, has been ordered from San Antonio to Washington for work in connection with the aero squadron. It is his opinion that the aeroplane will be left here and another army aviator will be ordered here.

1918 – World War I
Second Lieutenant John J. Ryan, National Guard, formerly on duty with the 305th Cavalry Regiment at Camp Stanley, has been sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and five years in prison, following his conviction before a court-martial, of unlawfully marrying.  The officer was married in Chicago, October 12, 1915 and without procuring a divorce and while his first wife was living, married another woman at Waco, April 1, 1918.  He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Architects unveiled before the HemisFair executive committee completed designs and scale-model photographs of the proposed Institute of Texan Cultures.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

1918 – World War I
District Deputy Food Administration G. F. Taylor stated this morning that due to the numerous requests for more than the allotted 25 pounds of sugar for preserving purposes, another 25 pounds could be made available to families upon special permit from the food administration when the necessity for it is established.

Tickets go on sale for the Elvis Presley concert scheduled for August 27 in the Convention Center Arena.  They are available only at the arena box office either in-person or by mail order and sell for $12.75, $10.25 and $7.75 including service charge..   Mail order tickets should be addressed to Elvis Presley, Box 6588, San Antonio, 78201. Enclosed should be a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a note stating how many tickets are needed and at what price, along with a money order for the amount. “There will be no telephone orders,” said Joe Miller of San Antonio Ticket Services.

July 10 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Jose Bathing Beach at Terrell Wells Bath House is reopened to bathers.

More than an inch of rain flooded low-lying San Antonio areas, forcing the evacuation of several homes and stalling cars hampering traffic.

San Antonio International Airport records a 77 mph microburst, which causes damage to area buildings and an elementary school.


July 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Lieut. George C. Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Walker of 251 West Summit Avenue, has recovered from his wounds sustained in May and has been returned to the front, according to information received by his father.

The Ace Theater opens at Iowa and Pine streets.

Crews begin cutting down nine live oaks on Houston Street today to make way for downtown’s first Embassy Suites.

July 8 in San Antonio history…

The Congregation of Temple Beth-El is issued a permit to erect a synagogue on Travis St. to cost $35,000.

The San Antonio Light advertises that the Bexar County Humane Society has “a pretty ten day old baby girl up for adoption.  Anyone wishing to adopt the girl can find officials of the society at 207 Frost Building.”

San Antonio-based Kaepa changes their shoe logo from the swirled-K (right) to the two triangle “double delta.”  Kaepa President Tom Adams says, “From a distance, the original logo just looked like a blob.”

July 7 in San Antonio history…

The first polo game is held in San Antonio is held between the Reds and the Blues in San Pedro Park.  This was only eleven years after polo was first played in England.

1918 – World War I
Due to anti-German sentiment, the characters in the comic strip “The Katzenjammer Kids” change their name from Katzenjammer to Shenanigan and the strip changes to “The Shenanigan Kids.”  They claimed to be Dutch anyway.

The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County.  Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.