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May 8 in San Antonio history...

1881Bishop_John_Claude_Neraz
The Right Reverend J.C. Neraz (right) was consecrated second bishop of San Antonio.

1941
The deed to San Jose Mission is presented to the National Park Service during a ceremony held in the granary of the old mission.

1945
The newspapers confirm the rumors that Germany has surrendered. Most of San Antonio’s downtown retail stores close in celebration of V-E Day.  Torn bits of newspaper cascade from the windows of the Majestic, Woolworth and Gunter Buildings when President Truman’s 8 a.m. radio address confirms the news.  Mrs. Porfiria Estrada crawls six blocks from her home to Our Lady of Guadalupe church in gratitude that her two soldier sons’ lives were spared during the war.

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