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October 17 in San Antonio history...

1909
President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1922
A U.S. Army balloon, C-2, is caught by a crosswind and blown into its hangar at Brooks Field.  The escaping hydrogen ignites, destroying the aircraft.

1984
Bulldozers destroy George’s Service Station in the 500 block of Buena Vista street where it had stood since the 1930’s.  Manny Ballard, executive with Omni/Vanir, said, “It had been my personal wish from the beginning to save the little building and restore it.”  He gave the order to demolish the building, however, as it was viewed as incompatible with the Fiesta Plaza development.

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