February 7 in San Antonio history…

1952
The search for the killer of Florence Elder, whose body was found floating in the San Antonio River, has set off one of the most intensive hunts in the history of the city.
(As of 2014, the case remains unsolved.)

1976
The announcement of the launching of a new weekly newspaper was made today by Charles O. Kilpatrick, editor and publisher of the Express-News.  The newspaper, the Northside Sun, is an extension of the Express-News longtime weekly operation, the Westside Sun.

1978
The Metropolitan Transit Authority begins using new RTS-II buses on various routes in the city.  San Antonio is the second city in the US to obtain this type of bus.  121 buses are purchased and will be fully operational by March.

1983
Jamiel “Jimmy” Chagra is acquitted of the two murder charges relating to the assassination of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr.  He was convicted, however, on two lesser charges:  conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to possess a substantial amount of marijuana, with the proceeds of the proposed drug sale to be used to finance his escape from the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas.

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