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April 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The patriotic Battle of Flowers and Red Cross parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto will start promptly at 4 o’clock this afternoon.  The hour has been changed from 4:30 to 4 o’clock in order to enable the soldiers who take part to return to camp in time for mess, and military promptness will be observed in the movement.

Mae West, in town for a one-week engagement at the Majestic Theatre, receives an invitation for “La Noche de Fiesta” from event chairman Atlee Ayers.  The invitation is painted on a tortilla.

Texas Governor Coke Stevenson speaks to a crowd of 10,000 for the annual Alamo Pilgrimage, saying , “Occasions like this make people realize more than ever the struggles and sacrifices necessary to achieve a great and purposeful aim such as a war for right and justice.”


April 20 in San Antonio history…

The Lozier automobile is advertised in the San Antonio Light for $5000.  Adjusted for inflation, this would be $125,000 in today’s money.

1918 – World War I
Last night’s Fiesta parade was judged by many to have been the “best of the week.”  It was a two-part parade consisting of sixteen “Parade of the Allies” floats and a long procession of automobiles.

Guerilla warfare between Sheriff Jim Stevens and a band of auto strippers reached a climax last night when avenging thieves invaded the basement of the courthouse and drove off a car belonging to an investigator of the district attorney’s office.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

Bids will be opened in the mayor’s office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

1918 – World War I
No darkening of the streets or show windows in stores along the parade route tonight will be required, according to the directors of the Fiesta Association.  “The more lights there are on the street the better the floats will show up and we are anxious that there be as much light as possible,” says B. R. Webb, president of the Fiesta Association.

Playland Park features “Ride-A-Rama Fun Day” with discounted admission.

April 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
At 3:45 this afternoon, a parade in which khaki clad men will be the prime attraction is planned as part of the Fiesta week festivities.  Today is Military Day.

The restaurant in the Tower of the Americas opens to the public serving themed dishes, such as: “Our Original Tower Salad”, “Fruit Plate Rio Grande” and “Coupe of the Americas.”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., father of the slain civil rights leader, speaks in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel here.  The event also features singer Jessy Dixon and is a fundraiser for United Ministries.

April 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A 10:30 p.m. today, the saloons of San Antonio will close by reason of the operation of the zone law, passed by the recent special session of the Legislature, prohibiting the sale of liquor within 10 miles of an army camp or shipbuilding plant.  This law as passed provides for strict prohibition for the duration of the war but under the operation of the statewide law, which will become effective on June 26 – all saloons in the state will have to close.

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The Northwest Six Theatres open at IH 10 and 410, showing “Play It Again, Sam”, “The Hiding Place”, “Crime & Passion”, “Echoes of a Summer”, “Bugs Bunny Superstar” and “The Duchess & the Dirtwater Fox.”  The multiplex will later expand to ten and fourteen screens.

In a bizarre incident, Spurs forward Tim Duncan receives two technical fouls from NBA referee Joey Crawford while sitting on the bench and is ejected.  Duncan is fined $25,000 for his remarks after the game.  Crawford is suspended indefinitely by NBA Commissioner David Stern.

April 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Lt. Douglas Campbell and Lt. Alan Winslow of the 94th Aero Squadron downed two German aircraft. These are the first victories ever scored by an American unit.

Owing to the prospect of unfavorable weather and the fact that it has been impossible to connect up the pump with the well at Lambert’s Beach to insure an adequate supply of water for the pool, the formal opening of Brackenridge Park has been postponed one week.

Museo Alameda, the first affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, opens at the corner of Market and Santa Rosa streets.

April 13 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Lucchese boot company advertises their military boots in the San Antonio Light newspaper.

Definite announcement of the intention of the late Mrs. Marion Koogler McNay to bequeath her fabulous estate and art collection to San Antonio as a cultural center awaited the arrival of her attorneys from Ohio.

Dillard’s reaches an agreement with the Allied Stores Corporation and their new owner, the Campeau Corporation, to purchase the 27 Joske’s stores in Texas and Arizona.  Some of the Dillard stores in Texas have competed with Joske’s, and William Dillard Sr., Dillard’s chairman, called the merger ”an important strategic step for our company, which will significantly enhance our presence in Texas and Tennessee.”


April 12 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero (“The Alamo”) secularized by decree.

1918 – World War I
Mayor Bell is in receipt of the first letter delivered here by airplane.  In fact, there were two letters, one from W. E. Anderson, city manager of Brownsville and the other from M. Rickey, mayor of San Benito.  The letters were brought in my Major Decker of the U.S. Aviation Corps, who flew to San Antonio from Brownsville, stopping at both San Benito and Kingsville.

Shortly before 7 p.m., an F5 tornado hits the town of Rocksprings, Texas.  Nearly one mile wide, the monster tornado demolished Rocksprings, destroying 235 of the 247 buildings in the town, killing 74 people and injuring 205 – almost one-third of the population.  If a proportional disaster hit San Antonio today it would mean the deaths of almost 100,000 people.

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.

April 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The women soliciting for the third Liberty Loan in San Antonio reported $492,400 at their first noon meeting today at the Y.W.C.A. building.  The men, meeting at the Gunter Hotel, reported $383,050.

First Mate, a San Antonio-based seafood restaurant chain (right), opens their first location at Buena Vista and Zarzamora.

George Gervin wins the NBA scoring title over David Thompson with a 63-point performance over the New Orleans Jazz.  “The Iceman” knew he had to score 58 points to win the title and, despite being double- and triple-teamed, managed to set a new franchise record.  He also set an NBA record for most points in a quarter with 33 in the second period.