February 22 in San Antonio history…

1885
U.S. Marshal Hal Gosling of San Antonio is shot to death by a bandit on a train south of New Braunfels.

1889
The San Antonio City Brewery will shortly put on the market their excellent XXX Pearl beer.  Orders are in already for the first output.

1910
Louis Paulhan, “King of the Air,” flew his aeroplane over the city today.  He attained an altitude of 2,500 feet flying from Kirby to San Antonio and return, a distance of 18 miles in 21 minutes.
[This was the first airplane flight in Texas.  Benjamin Foulois made the second, and the first military flight, on March 2, 1910]

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February 21 in San Antonio history…

1860
Colonel Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant Colonel of 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrives at San Antonio to take charge of the Department of Texas.

1917
Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing was formally appointed commander of the Southern Department with headquarters at Ft. Sam Houston.  He succeeds Gen. Funston who died two days ago.

1996
The mercury rises all the way to 100 degrees today – the earliest date to ever hit the century mark in the Alamo City.  This surpassed the previous record of 89 degrees in 1899.

February 20 in San Antonio history…

1938
The Lasso girls, the Jefferson High School girls cheering section, was formed this week in a drum and bugle corps.  The 37-piece group will hold their first meeting at the school, which will furnish instruments.

1946
Lobsters, flown alive from the East to San Antonio overnight were being featured on the Gunter hotel menu today. Freshly caught in the famed lobster waters of the Northeast, the lobsters, packed in wet seaweed, were brought to San Antonio as an experiment  in air transportation of seafoods to this city.
Should the experiment prove successful, it was said, a regular seafood transportation service will be inaugurated, connecting San Antonio with various fishing centers.

1987
Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis headlines a show at Municipal Auditorium with Jermaine Stewart, Shabba-Doo and La Franz.

February 19 in San Antonio history…

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The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.  

1930
Radio station KGRC changes its call letters to KONO.

1939
Hagy-McCollum-Murray announce the purchase of their newest addition to their ambulance fleet – the first air-conditioned ambulance in the city.  The vehicle is 20 feet long with a custom body by Sayers and Scoville mounted on a LaSalle chassis.  The interior “is done in mahogany wood, chromium trimmed and rich red Spanish leather.”

February 18 in San Antonio history…

1966
Maury Maverick Jr. helps to unveil the new historical marker on the east side of the Frost Bank Building on Commerce Street.  The marker marks the site of the surrender of Union forces in Texas in 1861.

1983
Townes Van Zandt plays the Beauregard on South Alamo.

1986
The San Antonio Spurs’ Alvin Robertson becomes the second player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals against the Phoenix Suns.  The Spurs win, 120-114.  Robertson remains the only player to set the mark with double figures in steals instead of blocks.

February 17 in San Antonio history…

1950
The first San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Exposition is kicked off – in the brand new Bexar County Coliseum (later known as the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.)

1958
Airman Donald Farrell was recuperating – back from the closest thing to flight through space any man has ever tried.  He stepped out of his sealed space chamber at Randolph AFB, one week after he entered.

1984
The 70-year old exhibit hall at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne is destroyed by fire.  The cause is later determined to be arson.

February 16 in San Antonio history…

1861
U.S. Government property is surrendered by General Twiggs at San Antonio to the Secession Convention Commissioners. If this had not been a peaceful transfer, it would be known as the event that started the Civil War – right here in San Antonio.

1894
The Boston Beaneaters of the National League are in San Antonio are in San Antonio today for a game at San Pedro Park.  Mr. Tom Wade, the well-known opera singer, has agreed to umpire the game.  (The “Tamale Chewers” were no match for the Beaneaters, who won 21 to 3.)

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A. J. Drossaerts (right) became the first archbishop of San Antonio at noon today.  In San Fernando Cathedral, crowded to the doors by the thousands, the wool band with four crosses was placed on his shoulders by Archbishop John W. Shaw of New Orleans.

February 15 in San Antonio history…

1960
Municipal Auditorium hosts “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’60,”featuring: Frankie Avalon, Clyde McPhatter, Bobby Rydell, Johnny & the Hurricanes, The Crests, Freddy Cannon, Sammy Turner, The Isley Brothers, Linda Laurie, The Clovers, Cliff Richard, Paul Williams and his Orchestra.

1980
George Thorogood and the Destroyers play the Junction club on Blanco Road.

1988
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.

February 14 in San Antonio history…

1916
Second lieutenant and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, stationed at Ft. Sam Houston,  proposes to Mamie Doud.  She accepts.

1923
San Antonio’s Klan #31 branch of the Ku Klux Klan donates $15 to Second Baptist Church, an African-American congregation, toward their expansion fundraising goal of $5,000.  Rev. I. H. Kelley is dismissed for accepting the money.

1982
The Irish now-supergroup U2 (right) makes their first appearance in San Antonio, playing at Cardi’s – a briefly renamed Randy’s Rodeo, promoting their current album “October.”  Tickets were $4. (Photo by Al Rendon)

February 13 in San Antonio history…

1913
On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

1916
In an effort to reduce accidents, all slow-moving traffic will be compelled to keep to the right-hand curb on downtown streets.  Buggies and wagons can’t compete with fast-moving autos.

1978
Mel Tillis performs at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.