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The new underground restaurant in the Gunter Hotel – The Caveteria – opens today. (photo courtesy of the UTSA Zintgraff collection)
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410.
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.
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.
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.
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is published. It takes over from the San Antonio Herald.
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
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.
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)
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.
John F. Kennedy High school opens. It was slated to open on Sept.3 but was delayed due to a construction strike.
World War I – 1916
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)
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.
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.
Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.
The Catholic Ursuline Order of nuns opens the first school for girls in San Antonio.
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.
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.
The Robert C. Cole Golden Cougars win their inaugural football game, 8-0, over the Comfort Bobcats.
Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, local favorites The Yellow Payges.
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)
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.
Tears for Fears performs at Municipal Auditorium.
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.
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.
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
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.
A San Antonio Zoo employee has his lower arm amputated after it is bitten and mutilated by a chimpanzee.