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November 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The bells of San Fernando, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and Mission Espada were all rung yesterday, announcing the armistice and calling all the people for prayers of thanksgiving.

The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

The San Antonio Spurs offer a “Country Night” promotion with a concert by Joe Stampley after the game against the Denver Nuggets.  The Spurs roll on, 126-107.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I ends
The State Department makes the announcement at 2:45 a.m. that the armistice is signed and “The War to End All Wars” is ended.

The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

Municipal Auditorium, dedicated in 1926 to San Antonio servicemen killed in World War I, is rededicated to include those killed in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Gutted by fire in 1979, the auditorium is scheduled to be reopened next year after almost $13 million in renovations.

November 10 in San Antonio history

The entire west block of Military Plaza, including the Fashion Theater (right), is consumed by fire.

1918 – World War I
It is believed that German surrender is imminent and the armistice will be signed as soon as the courier returns to Marshal Foch’s headquarters from the German Army headquarters.  He has been held up by the German failure to abide by the cease-fire order from the French.

Actress and former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield, makes an appearance at the Empire Theatre.  She is in San Antonio filming “The Warrens of Virginia” in Brackenridge Park.

November 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Private David B. Barkley, who enlisted in San Antonio, drowns while crossing the Meuse River on a scouting mission behind German lines near Pouilly-sur-Meuse, France.  He is later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and he is the second person to lie in state in the Alamo.  The son of Josef Barkley and Antonia Cantu of Laredo, he is the first Mexican-American Medal of Honor winner.

1918 – World War I
Prince Maximilian of Germany announces that Kaiser Wilhelm II has abdicated both the crown of Imperial Germany and Prussia.  Maximilian himself is forced to resign as Chancellor of Germany.  Friedrich Ebert of the Social Democratic Party of Germany takes control.

Bexar County voters registered 18,372 to 15,664 in favor of a statewide amendment to repeal Texas’s 61-year-old poll tax.  Unfortunately, the rest of the state was much less progressive and the poll tax remains in place.

November 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The German armistice delegation has received the surrender terms from Marshal Foch and they have been given 72 hours to decide whether the terms should be accepted or rejected, expiring at 11:00 am French time, Monday, November 11.

Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

San Antonio voters establish the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Authority (VIA) in San Antonio.

November 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Marshal Foch will receive the armistice delegation of four German officers bearing white flags at 5:00 p.m. French time (11:00 a.m. Central).

A party of seven Japanese Air Corps officers and one aeronautical engineer concluded a tour of U.S. and European bases with a visit to Kelly and Randolph Air Fields.

First live broadcast over WOAI-TV got underway this afternoon at Alamo Stadium gymnasium. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Appliance Association, the shows will extend over a three-day period and will feature professional and amateur talent.

November 6 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Board of Education issued an order at their meeting last night for janitors of all the school buildings to have the rooms thoroughly fumigated as a precautionary measure against the spread of influenza when the schools are reopened.

The Witte Museum was offered and accepted a gift of $225,000 today from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Friedrich.  The money will be used to expand and landscape the present facility.

City Council approves the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s plan to purchase motorized replica streetcars to replace buses on downtown El Centro shuttle routes.

November 5 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The influenza report issued this morning shows great improvement. Only six new cases of influenza were admitted to the base hospital at Ft. Sam Houston. Two deaths were reported also. Camp Travis admitted 49 new cases of flu with two deaths. Twenty-three recovered patients were sent back to duty.

San Antonio voters reject the campaign to fluoridate the water supply, leaving San Antonio as the only major city in Texas without the tooth decay preventative.

Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.

November 4 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Terms of an armistice under which the land and sea forces of what once was the Austro-Hungarian empire, have laid down their arms were announced today simultaneously in Washington and the allied capitals.

Perry Como records his Christmas television special at the Lila Cockrell Theater from 6:45 to 8 p.m.  Formal attire is required.

A fireworks and laser show before a Spurs game triggers a sensor on a water cannon in the Alamodome, unleashing a torrent of water that soaks hundreds of fans and delays the game for 50 minutes.  31 fans are injured in the scramble to dry ground and the Spurs lose to the Golden State Warriors, 123-118.

November 3 in San Antonio history…

Buffalo Bill Cody brings his Wild West show to San Antonio in combination with the Sells-Floto Circus (right).

Charlie Chaplin performs at the Strand Theater in his newest comedy “A Revue of 1916.”  This vaudeville theater, at 113 W. Houston Street, will later become a movie theater renamed the Prince Theater.

1918 – World War I
The government sales store of the Fort Sam Houston Station, which will be conducted by the quartermaster’s department to sell clothing to officers will be located at 216 West Commerce Street.  Lieutenant Harold Joske, son of Alexander Joske, will be in charge of the store.