October 2 in San Antonio history…

1954
Nat “King” Cole and his Orchestra play a concert in Memorial Auditorium.

1980
Police raid a northside residence suspected of being a brothel, arresting two 23-year old Houston women under prostitution charges and confiscating a “trick list” of customers.  Many of these are suspected to be local governmental officials.

1984
Burger King buys all 20 local Whopper-Burger locations from Barbara Bates, widow of founder Frank Bates, for an undisclosed purchase price.  This ends an 11-year period where Burger King had agreed to not sell burgers in a three-county area around San Antonio.

October 1 in San Antonio history…

1911
The Plaza Theater opens on Alamo Plaza.

2011
The Wolfson Building at Main and Commerce burns for a second time (January 24, 1904) and is completely destroyed.   Flames also damage the first seven floors of the adjacent Riverview Towers.

2014
Paul McCartney plays a concert in the Tobin Center in front of a sold-out audience of 1,754, topping off a week of grand opening festivities and performances.  Ticket prices range from $250 to $3,500.

September 30 in San Antonio history…

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

1976
Dedication ceremonies at Market Square followed by a mass at Milam Park kick off a four-day fiesta to celebrate the reopening of El Mercado.

1982
“Cheers” debuts on KENS-TV Channel 4 at 8 p.m., slotted against the two-hour season premiere of “Magnum P.I.” on KMOL and “Too Close for Comfort” on KSAT.

September 29 in San Antonio history…

1890
Ground is broken for the erection of the West End Female college at 10 o’clock this morning. (It would open in 1894 as San Antonio Female College.)

1955
San Antonio’s largest building, the Transit Tower, is sold to the Citizen’s Republic Insurance Company for $1 million.

1967
President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks in the La Villita Assembly Hall for the state dinner of the National Legislative Conference.

September 28 in San Antonio history…

1896
City council revises the 1867 against carrying concealed weapons in the city.  From now on, the penalty will be a fine instead of imprisonment.

1971
While investigating a domestic disturbance call, Kendall County Sheriff Douglas Kuebel is fatally wounded by the gunman holding his wife and father-in-law hostage in the house and dies a few hours later.

2009
Neighbors awoke to barking dogs and the sound of police cars converging on the corner of La Manda Boulevard and Neer Avenue, near the Westfall Library branch,  on the North Side early this morning.  Responding to a 6 a.m. disturbance call, the officers disarmed and took into custody a neighborhood intruder – a 4-foot alligator.  They couldn’t get hold of a game warden at that hour, so they duct-taped the reptile’s jaw shut and put it in the back of a van used for transporting prisoners. No other prisoners were in the van at the time.

September 27 in San Antonio history…

1865
August Siemering and H. Pollmar begin publishing the San Antonio Express as a weekly with a subscription price of $6 a year. It’s printed on the press of Siemering’s other paper, the German-language Freie Presse für Texas, in offices at 138 E. Commerce St. The paper is tabloid-size with five-column pages and advertising on the front. The first editor is Judge William E. “Fiery” Jones.

1868
The cornerstone of the newly renovated San Fernando Cathedral is laid.

1985
At about 10:27 p.m., four unidentified parachutists climb the security bars and jump from the observation deck of the Tower of the Americas.  The 622-foot jump takes 6.5 seconds.  After landing, the jumpers get into two cars and speed away.

September 26 in San Antonio history…

1946
More than six inches of rain falls in twelve hours in San Antonio, causing major flooding.  Water reaches the fifty-foot level at Olmos Dam, only ten feet from the top.  Six people are killed and property damage is estimated at $8 million. ($100 million in 2019 dollars.)

1957
Pompeo Coppini, sculptor of the Alamo Cenotaph (“Spirit of Sacrifice”) and many Texas heroes, dies at his home at the age of 87.

1982
After 26 years broadcasting from their facility at the corner of Avenue E and 4th streets downtown, KENS Channel 5 begins broadcasting from their new studios at 5400 Fredericksburg Road.  It took six tractor-trailer trucks to move all the equipment.  The last broadcast at the old studio signs off at 2 a.m. and the new broadcast begins at 5 p.m.

September 25 in San Antonio history…

1922
Radio station WOAI (“World OAgricultural Information”) transmits its first radio broadcast. It is the third radio station in San Antonio.

1965
Atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hair, noted for her 1963 Supreme Court case banning prayer in schools, is arrested in San Antonio after a flight from Mexico City.  She is taken into custody and jailed under 11 warrants from Baltimore charging her with aggravated assault on policemen.  She was arrested at the Greyhound bus terminal after police missed her at the airport.

1982
After a yearlong $2 million renovation project, La Villita is reopened with much fanfare.  The renovation funds came from a $1.7 million grant from the Economic Redevelopment Administration and $600,000 in matching city funds.

September 24 in San Antonio history…

1977
At a northside restaurant, Hollywood actor Earl Holliman announces plans to open a dinner playhouse at the site of the defunct Hacienda Dinner Theater on Nov. 1.  “There are a lot of big stars who want to come to San Antonio. We are going to give them that opportunity – and give people here a chance to see them,” says Holliman.

1991
Dallas-based Barry’s Camera & Video acquires Studer’s Foto Express, whose first store was opened by Ben Studer on Alamo Plaza in 1926.

1999
The 100th Fighter Squadron of the Tuskeegee Airmen is reactivated at Randolph Air Force Base as the 100th Flying Training Squadron, flying Beeccraft T-6 Texan II, Raytheon T-1 Jayhawk and Northrop T-38C Talon trainers.

September 23 in San Antonio history…

1950
The Fiesta Drive-In opens at 5545 W. Commerce Street. It closed Sept. 1, 1970.

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

2002
KMOL-TV (Channel 4) returns to their pre-1975 call letters of WOAI-TV.