New and improved website coming July 19!

New Website

A new fresh, more user-friendly and responsive mysapl.org is coming soon.  Key features on the new website include quicker and easier access to key services and resources including the digital library, ‘ask a librarian’, and the events calendar. The new site will also be responsive, and is designed for all your devices. Be sure to visit us on July 19 to check out our new look!

September 23 in San Antonio history…

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The new underground restaurant in the Gunter Hotel – The Caveteria – opens today. (photo courtesy of the UTSA Zintgraff collection)

1960
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410.

1966
Former Brackenridge star Warren McVea catches a 99-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Cougars in their game against Washington State.  This is the first football game ever played on Astroturf and still the longest touchdown pass in University of Houston history.

 

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1946
Installation of a traffic signal light at Broadway and Pershing avenue to provide a safe crossing place for pedestrians to the north entrance of Brackenridge Park is being delayed by lack of cable, Commissioner P. L. Anderson stated today. As soon as the cable can be obtained the light will be installed and a concrete safety island for pedestrians will be plated in the street, he said. Some cable is being purchased in Houston and some in Corpus Christi.

1970
Monday Night Football debuts on the ABC network on KSAT Channel 12 at 8:00 p.m.  The game features the New York Jets with quarterback Joe Namath vs. the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.  This is the first of 13 prime-time Monday games on the network this season. The Browns win, 31-21.

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Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

September 19 in San Antonio history…

1880
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is published.  It takes over from the San Antonio Herald.

1947
San Antonio’s first recognized collegiate football team since the days of St. Mary’s Rattlers makes its opening appearance tonight as Trinity University faces Hardin-Simmons at Alamo Stadium

1983
A new $15 million-plus, high-rise Holiday Inn is now under construction near the junction of Interstates 10 & 410 on the city’s Northwest Side, it was announced today.  The 11-story hotel, due to be completed in January 1985, is being built by Safari Management in partnership with Tom E. Turner Co. and San Antonio attorney Jack Guenther.

 

September 16 in San Antonio history…

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1930
The Prospect Hill library opens at 1 p.m. today at 2322 Buena Vista. Mrs. Mary Walthall will be the librarian at the branch.  The library will be open every day except Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1963
John F. Kennedy High school opens.  It was slated to open on Sept.3 but was delayed due to a construction strike.

September 15 in San Antonio history…

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The Battle of Flers–Courcelette, the third and final general offensive mounted by the British Army in the Battle of the Somme, begins.  This battle is notable for the debut of the new British Heavy Machine Gun Branch’s “secret weapon” – the tank.  (British Mark I shown at right)

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

1933
At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends.  Anheuser-Busch sends their brewery wagon and Clydesdale horse team to distribute the beer in downtown San Antonio.

1968
Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.

September 14 in San Antonio history…

1851
The Catholic Ursuline Order of nuns opens the first school for girls in San Antonio.

1884
The first bell to peal a call to Protestant worship in San Antonio at Rev. Wesley DeVilbiss’ Paine Methodist Church (now Travis Park United Methodist) was given to the Church of Strangers on Tenth St.

1985
A Southern Pacific train derails on a trestle near Macdona and dumps 42,000 gallons of highly toxic sulfuric acid into the Medina River.  The acid wipes out much of the river’s fish.   Within a day of the spill, railway officials add lime to the river in a move to neutralize the acid but add too much and compound the problem.  State game and fish officials estimate the monetary loss of the fish alone at $119,808.40.

September 13 in San Antonio history…

1963
The Robert C. Cole Golden Cougars win their inaugural football game, 8-0, over the Comfort Bobcats.

1969
Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, local favorites The Yellow Payges.

1987
Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School.  He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)

September 12 in San Antonio history…

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The first McDonald’s restaurant opens in San Antonio at 1330 S. Laredo St. (right).

1970
Doc Severinsen, trumpeter and bandleader on NBC’s “Tonight Show” performs at “Gala España,”co-sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the San Antonio Symphony Society and Joske’s of Texas, with proceeds benefitting the Symphony Society.

1985
Tears for Fears performs at Municipal Auditorium.

September 11 in San Antonio history…

1937
Porter Loring purchases an iron lung for the city to be placed at a location agreed upon by the city’s physicians.  “The only rule that I, as its donor, will insist upon,”  he said, “is that it shall be available to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, color or situation of life, without cost.”  Mr. Loring receives a bronze plaque and is named by the Elks as “the most outstanding citizen of 1937” for his generous gift.

1946
Historic Leonard Wood stadium, scene of many great football games between service teams, is no more. Condemned by government inspectors and declared unsafe to use, the Fort Sam Houston athletic field stands have been torn down and sold as salvage wood. Post officials said there are no plans to rebuild the field immediately. Tentative plans now call for erection of a N.C.O. club on that site.

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San Antonians, shocked by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C., unite to pray, donate blood and help out in this time of crisis.

September 10 in San Antonio history…

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Geronimo (front row, third from right), along with 26 other members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, is brought to Ft. Sam Houston after his surrender in Mexico.  He will be held here for about six weeks before being sent to Ft. Pickens in Pensacola, Florida

1921
With a known death list of 37 that may total more than 200 when all the missing are accounted for, and with a property loss of near $5 million, San Antonio was suffering the worst flood in its history.

1954
A San Antonio Zoo employee has his lower arm amputated after it is bitten and mutilated by a chimpanzee.