Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 19 in San Antonio history...

1877
The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.  [picture at right from a fresco by Howard Cook in the Houston Street Post Office - 1939]


1907
The Light was in demand because of a picture printed showing Oscar Smith diving to his death at Electric Park on one of Dr. Carver's diving horses. The picture was snapped just as horses and rider left the 40-foot platform to dive into the pool below.

1957
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in San Antonio enroute to Southwest Texas State Teachers College, where she was to lecture.

1977
A police officer's badge may have saved his life when it deflected a bullet fired at close range. Patrolman Valentine Lopez, 25, shot in the abdomen and right arm while investigating a report of a man with a gun, is in "critical but stable" condition.

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