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April 12 in San Antonio history...

1873
Construction of First Baptist Church is begun.

1927
Shortly before 7 p.m., an F5 tornado hits the town of Rocksprings, Texas.  Nearly one mile wide, the monster tornado demolished Rocksprings, destroying 235 of the 247 buildings in the town, killing 74 people and injuring 205 – almost one-third of the population.  If a proportional disaster hit San Antonio today it would mean the deaths of almost 100,000 people.

1979
A $1.2 million transformer, weighing 516,000 pounds, slipped off its flatbed carrier and blocked both lanes of traffic on Loop 1604 between I-10 and NW Military.  The transformer – so large it required a special Dept. of Public Safety permit to transport it – was shipped from the Westinghouse factory in Muncie, Indiana.  CPS spokesmen said it was damaged heavily from the accident.

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