1917 – World War I
San Antonio Mayor Sam Bell declares December 17 “Red Cross Day” and calls “upon all loyal and patriotic people residing within said city to observe said day by raising or hoisting Red Cross flags upon all flag poles, public buildings and other prominent public places within said city on said day, that we may by this expression of our sympathy with said cause at least lend some help and encouragement to the officers and members of this great organization that is doing so much to help relieve the sufferings of those who have been maimed, wounded or made destitute by the awful conflict that is now being waged for humanity.”
The Texas Theater holds its formal grand opening. The theater will be opened to the public on December 18.
San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, captures the 4A state championship, 28-27, over Wichita Falls. This was the first high school game played at the then-brand new Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.