World War I – February 3, 1917
On this day in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson speaks for two hours before a historic session of Congress to announce that the United States is breaking diplomatic relations with Germany. Due to the reintroduction of the German navy’s policy of unlimited submarine warfare, announced two days earlier by Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollwegg, Wilson announced that his government had no choice but to cut all diplomatic ties with Germany in order to uphold the honor and dignity of the United States. Though he maintained that We do not desire any hostile conflict with the German government, Wilson nevertheless cautioned that war would follow if Germany followed through on its threat to sink American ships without warning.
The Wright aeroplane which was received in this city by the Wells-Fargo Express company yesterday was transferred to the government railroad spur that terminates on Grayson street at the Post, under the personal supervision of Mr. Heyck, the agent for the express company, this morning.
(Lt. Benjamin Foulois would make the first military flight in this airplane on March 2, 1910.)
San Antonio teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll fans mourned the loss of Texas’s own Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with Ritchie Valens, in an Iowa plane crash.