1917 – World War I
The San Antonio Light relates a story about the Second Texas Field Artillery Battalion that left San Antonio two days earlier for Fort Worth by train while a photographer was taking pictures of the scenes at the depot:
“The camera was set for a photograph of the crowd alongside the train and the soldiers leaning out the windows to bid their friends good-bye, when an Inspiration struck the photographer. Pointing to a handsome young fellow in khaki leaning out of a window, he called: ‘Hey, you! Get your girl and be kissing her good-bye when I take this picture.’
‘I haven’t any girl, and I don’t know anyone here at all,’ came the rather mournful reply.
‘If that’s the case I’ll kiss him good-bye,” volunteered a pretty girl standing near. And she did, for the photographer showed her clasped in the soldier’s arms and with her lips pressed to his.”
Actor Henry Thomas (“E.T.”, “Raggedy Man”) is born in San Antonio.
The bottling house at the Pearl Brewery burns to the ground. The three-alarm fire, well under way by the time a security guard spotted it at 2 a.m., took with it a 107-year old, 40,000-square-foot structure with an arched doorway and windows and the mission-style arch of the Alamo. It took 85 firefighters more than 90 minutes to bring the massive fire under control. The plant’s golden-domed brew house also was damaged.