Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19 in San Antonio history...

1898
It is reported that the sewer water from the outfall sewer is being discharged into the river at a point about six miles south of the city and farmers below that point, who use the water for drinking, are unhappy.

1927
The premiere showing of "Wings," a war picture filmed in San Antonio, will be held at the Texas Theater tonight. Local units of the Air Corps assisted in the filming. Stars include Clara Bow and Charles Rogers. ["Wings" would become the first movie to win the Best Picture Academy Award.]

1948
Demand that Robert B. Green Hospital immediately open a pediatric ward was made by the Commissioners Court today as City Health Officer Dr. Austin Hill announced the infant diarrhea situation rapidly was reaching an epidemic stage. The disease's mortality toll has climbed to 55 for the year.

2001
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater opens with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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