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August 19 in San Antonio history...

1917 – World War I
As a testimonial of their confidence in his ability and the ultimate success of the expedition he has led to France, the San Antonio Rotary club will send a signed message to General John J. Pershing, in command of the American forces Europe. General Pershing is an honorary member of the San Antonio organization.  Part of the message follows:
“Your selection as commander of the American army in France is a  matter of great pride to all Rotarians, especially to those of the club in San Antonio. We rejoice in every honor which comes to you. We eagerly follow your actions in the great war and await your achievements in absolute confidence. We are keeping the choicest place at our table and in our hearts for your happy return.
Respectfully and sincerely,
YOUR FELLOW ROTARIANS

1935
Mayor C. K. Quin today ordered a series of mural paintings taken from the walls of the foyer of the Municipal Auditorium, after their presence was protested by the American Legion Central Council of Bexar County. The paintings by Xavier Gonzales, were criticized for containing hidden Communist symbols.

2010
City Council passes a smoking ordinance that closes exemptions that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs and restaurants with enclosed smoking areas. The ordinance goes into effect on August 19, 2011.

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