July 21 in San Antonio history…

1955
The position of Assistant City Manager at an annual salary of $12,000 was created in a special ordinance passed by the San Antonio City Council.

1969
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climb aboard the lunar lander and blast off from the moon to rendezvous with Command Module pilot Michael Collins in lunar orbit.

1981
More than 50 people wearing black arm bands and carrying a casket marched from Travis Park and in front of the Majestic Theater protesting the play “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”  The march was called “The Death of Morality March” and was led by Rev. Joe H. West, pastor of Town East Baptist Church and vice president of the Moral Majority in Texas.

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July 20 in San Antonio history…

1923
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.

1947
The mounted police are returning to the San Antonio Police Department. The first one will be assigned to patrol Brackenridge Park.

1969
Inside the Eagle lunar module, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin land on the moon.  Armstrong takes the first step onto the lunar surface at 9:56 p.m. Central time.  Aldrin follows 15 minutes later.  The first word from Tranquility Base is “Houston.”

 

July 19 in San Antonio history…

1869 
The Old Lewis mill is stopped. For nearly 20 years this mill had supplied ground corn to San Antonio.

1969
Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins achieved lunar orbit at 10:12 p.m. last night and are preparing to land on the moon tomorrow night.  They are 230,430 miles from Earth and traveling 2,300 mph around the moon.

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their first home game at Alamo Stadium – an exhibition game against the Memphis Southmen.  The Wings win, 7-0.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1944
Lt. Stanton D. Richart of San Antonio and three aides were credited with the capture of 85 Nazis by falsely convincing the Germans that they were surrounded.  For this action, Lt. Richart receives the Silver Star with Oak Leaf cluster.

1969
After a full night’s sleep, the astronauts on the way to the moon are scheduled to perform a thorough flight test today of the Lunar Module that will land on the moon in a couple of days.  They are over 190,000 miles from earth.

1970
“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Riders initially think it is a joke – until they see the guns are real. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.
As of today, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.

 

July 17 in San Antonio history…

1856
San Antonio’s city limits are set as one square league with the dome of San Fernando Cathedral as center (right), divided into four wards.

1929
Mayor C. M. Chambers announced today that the two branch public libraries, to be constructed out of the 1928 bond issue at a cost of $25,000 each, will be built in Roosevelt and San Pedro parks.  Work on the buildings will begin as soon as plans and specifications now being drawn by architects can be approved by the library board.

1945
Clara Driscoll, known as the “Savior of the Alamo” dies in her penthouse at the Driscoll Hotel in Corpus Christi. She is the fourth person to lie in state at the Alamo and is buried at Alamo Masonic Cemetery.

July 16 in San Antonio history…

1905
Mrs. L. M. Lyon of 717 East Euclid Avenue wins the $50 prize for writing the city creed in 100 words:
“I believe in San Antonio, my home; that whatsoever I I give unto her shall be returned to me tenfold.
I believe in her unique and picturesque setting, the romance and mystery of her historic mission; her riches on the earth, under the earth and in the air.
I believe in the efficiency of her institutions, her healthgiving climate, the dignity of her men and women and her genial western hospitality.
I believe in her business enterprises, the present and its opportunities, the future and its wonderful promises, and in the divine joy of living in San Antonio for you – and me.”

1934
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

1969
At 7:32 a.m. San Antonio time, Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida heading for the moon.  The launch is broadcast live all three networks beginning at 6 a.m. on KSAT Channel 12.

July 15 in San Antonio history…

1895
Workmen began clearing out debris left in the Alamo after its use during the Civil War as a quartermaster storage barn.

1898
A Southern Pacific passenger train coming into this city from Houston made the last 57 miles between Luling and San Antonio at the rate of a mile a minute.  One of the passengers said, “Why,  I couldn’t count the telegraph poles!”

1928
For 10 years there has been no regular police force in San Antonio.  This came to light yesterday when it was revealed that none of the men employed in that period have been confirmed by the city commission as required by the city charter.

July 14 in San Antonio history…

1922
A young man with a gunny sack full of marijuana was arrested by Detective Ruhnke this morning when he spotted the stems poking through the sack.  It is believed to be the largest quantity of the weed to be confiscated by police here since the enactment of a a law against its possession last September.

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The Varsity Drive-In Theater at Culebra and Bandera roads holds its grand opening, showing “An Apartment for Peggy.”

1950
The Municipal Auditorium hosts a show called “The Hayloft Hoedown,” which features Bill Lister, The Hungry Mountain Boys, Bill Shoemette, Del Dunbar, Jimmie Geise & the Music Makers, The Texas Hillbillies featuring the Hill Bros., Goldie Hill and little 8 year-old Douglas Sahm.

July 13 in San Antonio history…

1895
Staacke Brothers warned San Antonians to “beware of quacks” and buy nothing but Studebaker wagons for fine transportation.

1954
Seven local polio cases, the largest number ever recorded in one day in San Antonio, were reported by the City Health Department. None of the victims, all children, has received the Salk vaccine.

1955
San Antonio Independent School District votes to integrate beginning in the fall.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

1926
Mayor John W. Tobin decreed that all idlers and vagrants found in San Antonio would either be jailed or forced to go to work in the cotton fields of South Texas.

1946
San Antonio was one of the hot spots of the nation as the temperature soared to 102. There seemed to be no relief in sight for a few days.