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A Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Verimendi Palace. Two others die in the assault.
Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii – the main naval base in the Pacific for the U.S. fleet – is bombed in a surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese military forces. The news reaches San Antonio too late for the major papers, although Extra editions are printed.
“The Iceman” George Gervin returns to San Antonio with his new team, the Chicago Bulls, after having been traded on October 24. Gervin scores 21 and Quintin Dailey scores 24 to lead the Bulls over the Spurs, 131-123. Bulls sensation, Michael Jordan, misses the game with a broken foot.
The world’s first air-conditioned bus rolled into experimental use here and surprised and pleased customers.
The first flu death since May was on record today at the city health department. It raised the number of reported flu cases this year to 94 and deaths to 34, compared to 70 cases and 36 deaths at the same date last year.
It was announced the Lone Star Brewery had purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world’s largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.
Injuries sustained in a highway accident near Schulenburg caused the death of Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 403 Cleveland Court, Alamo Heights, last living daughter of Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution.
The San Antonio Lee Volunteeers advance to the State Class 4A Semifinals with a 26-21 win over Corsicana at Austin.
Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.
The city is given the gift of present-day Brackenridge Park by George W. Brackenridge.
U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches a patron at Earl Abel’s for calling him a communist.
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word formally dedicate Santa Rosa Hospital, then known as Charity Hospital, located at Cameron and Commerce Streets. An advertisement in the San Antonio Express promised that the Infirmary would open to “all persons without distinction of nationality or creed.”
Jazz flugelhornist Chuck Mangione plays a concert in Laurie Auditorium. It is not known if Hank Hill attended the show.
While in San Antonio to film his Christmas special, “Bob Hope ‘s 4-Star Fiesta Christmas From San Antonio”, entertainer Bob Hope visits Bob Hope Elementary School at 3022 Reforma Drive – the only elementary school in the nation named for him. Second-grader Jennifer Ramirez, 7, presents him with a red school t-shirt and a kiss on the cheek. “Is it true you’re going to build us a swimming pool?” one boy asked. School officials hid their embarrassment and quickly led the students in a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
It became clear this morning that the city intends to enforce its speeding ordinance. C. R. Jones was fined $10 for exceeding the legal limit of 8 miles per hour. Witnesses said the auto was positively going at least 17 miles an hour.
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall. He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt. He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.
Soundgarden brings Seattle grunge to San Antonio for the first time, when they play Club Oasis. Bullet Lavolta opens the show.
The headlines of the San Antonio newspapers describe a bus/train accident that resulted in the death of 26 children. This accident spawned the myth of the “ghost tracks” at Shane and Villamain. Despite being the lead story in the newspaper, the accident actually took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Harry Simeone Chorale and Orchestra, famous for their recording of “Little Drummer Boy,” performs at the Sams University Center at Trinity University.
Today Show’s Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.
Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield (right), as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies. It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.
Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.
The University of Arkansas plays UTSA in an early season game at Convention Center Arena. The defending SWC champion Razorbacks prevail, 71-42.
The weather clerk had forecast fair and warmer weather but San Antonians awakened to find their hydrants frozen. It was the hardest freeze of the season. The weather clerk admitted he made a mistake and was embarrassed.
Actress Judy Garland makes a “whistle stop” in San Antonio and signs autographs for fans.
Bexar County jail inmates have taken up a collection and presented $300 to a woman whose 12-year-old son drowned in the San Antonio sewer system. “ Nobody made them do it,” said Sheriff Joe Neaves, who added that the inmates simply wanted to help pay for the boy’s funeral. The boy’s body was discovered Nov. 4, more than a day after he tumbled into an open manhole while playing soccer at school.
Sixteen immigrant families from the Canary Islands arrive in San Antonio.
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys record “San Antonio Rose” at the Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth.
Students at San Antonio Junior College (SAC) will have a Christmas holiday extending from December 15 to December 30, excluding New Year’s Day.
Dr. J. O. Loftin said he could find absolutely no reason why New Year’s Day should be observed. He continued: “It comes in the dullest part of the year. It doesn’t commemorate anything. It’s not even the first of the year.” Dr. Loftin thinks that March is the proper time to observe New Year’s Day. It is the beginning of the cycle of the harvest, the opening of spring. January 1 is nothing except a gloomy winter day, he says.