1917 – World War I
Mata Hari, famous dancer and German spy, was executed in Paris this morning. She was arrested in Paris in February and convicted of espionage in a court-martial in July.
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service. The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island. Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”