1918 – World War I
Private Jesse E. Owens was sentenced today to seven years in the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas following his conviction by a court-martial of willfully burning and destroying government clothing. Owens escaped from the guardhouse at the camp January 21, while serving a short sentence for a minor offense. He came to San Antonio and was arrested the following day. In the meantime, he burned the clothing valued at $8.47. Owens is a negro.
A The completion of a $500,000 remodeling program makes the St. Anthony Hotel the only air-conditioned hotel in Texas.
The lowest temperature ever in San Antonio is recorded on this day. The mercury plunges to a brutally cold 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the city shivers under a 4.7 inch snowfall. This will be the largest snowfall in San Antonio until 1985.