1918 – World War I
Every American is called on to pledge the amount they can contribute to the war today – National War Savings Day.
Construction workers began lifting the roof of the Convention Center Arena in order to add 6,000 extra seats. The 2,260-ton roof will take three days to be raised 33 feet. The construction work should be completed in the fall of 1978.
Chlorine gas released from a derailed train tanker car near Loop 1604 and Nelson Road kills three people and sends 50 people to area hospitals. The derailment was caused when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was moving east onto a sidetrack and was struck by a westbound Union Pacific train, which failed to stop. The collision was one of eight train derailments that happened in the San Antonio area that year.