A “hammer-like” gust of wind topples a wall of the partially-demolished Household Furniture Building at St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets, injuring six people, scattering debris over Commerce Street and shattering the doors of the Alamo Bank Building nearby.
A Southern Pacific train derails on a trestle near Macdona and dumps 42,000 gallons of highly toxic sulfuric acid into the Medina River. The acid wipes out much of the river’s fish. Within a day of the spill, railway officials add lime to the river in a move to neutralize the acid but add too much and compound the problem. State game and fish officials estimate the monetary loss of the fish alone at $119,808.40.
The newly renovated Majestic Theater reopens with a combined performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the San Antonio Symphony and the Mastersingers. This marks the beginning of the Symphony’s 50th season.