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November 13 in San Antonio history...

1903
Staacke Brothers advertises that no mechanical ability is required to operate a motorcar – ‘We will teach you to drive like an expert in a few minutes.”

1917 -  World War I
Cadet Sidney J. Brooks crashes on a landing approach to Kelly Field No. 2.  He is the first San Antonian to lose his life during World War I.  Brooks had nearly completed his final pilot training flight when he apparently lost consciousness and crashed. An investigation revealed he might have had a bad reaction to a flu shot. Brooks Field, later Brooks Air Force Base, is named for him.

1962
Ground is broken for the new Westfall Branch Library where Vance Jackson meets the expressway.  Mayor Walter W. McAllister, library trustees and City Council members participate in the groundbreaking ceremonies.  The library is to be construced for a cost of $88,900.

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