Thousands of pecan shellers walk off the job to protest efforts by the Delicious Pecan Company to lower wages from six cents a pound for pieces and seven cents a pound for halves to five cents for pieces and six cents for halves. Emma Tenayuca quickly assumes temporary leadership of the strike. She becomes known as “La Pasionaria” for her fiery speeches and attracts a loyal following although many San Antonio workers dislike her outspoken Communism.
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.
Just four days after the fatal fire that killed three astronauts during a “plugs out” test of Apollo I, two airmen are killed during a similar test inside a space cabin simulator at Brooks AFB. Like the Apollo I astronauts, the airmen at Brooks were working in a pressurized atmosphere of 100 percent oxygen. A spark caused a flash fire and the airmen were severely burned.