1918 – World War I
One of the captive observation balloons at Camp John H. Wise, four miles north of downtown, snapped the cable connecting it with the automobile truck designed to control it, at noon today and shot skyward, bearing the two cadet officers who were in the basket. Almost instantly, it was lost to the clouds and no trace of it was seen until it landed at Pflugerville, near Austin, three hours later.
The governor today issued a proclamation officially designating next Sunday, May 13, as “Mother’s Day” in Texas. The people are urged to observe this day in a proper manner. “May I not suggest that an acute, tangible reminder of our remembrance of our mothers be given to her upon this happy day, in the form of a gift, or a visit or a long letter?” says the governor in his proclamation. A pure white flower should be worn on this day.
“Tower of the Americas”, the name suggested by Rosa Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, is chosen as the official name of the 622-foot tall HemisFair tower. Ms. Gonzalez won a three-day expenses-paid stay at the Menger Hotel for herself and her immediate family, a $100 savings bond and a season pass to HemisFair. The names chosen as runners-up were: Hemispire, Hemistower, Astroshaft, Astrospire, Astrotower, Stratospire, Spire of the Americas and Tower of Peace.