May is National Asian Pacific American Heritage month


Throughout the month, we recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians to the American story and celebrate Asian and Pacific American culture and heritage. The San Antonio Public Library will host a variety of events and discussions throughout the month, including; classic Indian dance, authentic Chinese tea tastings, Tai Chi, and Japanese drum performances.

Bharatanatyam: Classical Indian Dance – Sunday May 8, 2:30 p.m. at Central Library and Saturday, May 14, 2:30 p.m. at San Pedro Branch Library

Tai Chi – Wednesday May 11, May 18, and May 25, 10:30 a.m. at Carver Branch Library

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture – Saturday May 14, 11 a.m. at Parman Branch Library and Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m. at Cody Branch Library

Tea Tasting – Sunday May 22, 3:30 p.m. at Central Library

Okinawa dance and Taiko drum performance – Sunday May 29, 3:30 p.m. at Central Library

May 2 in San Antonio history…

May 1 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

San Francesco di Paola Catholic Church is dedicated by Archbishop Arthur J. Drossaerts with a 10 a.m. high mass. Other festivities include music by the Knights of Columbus band, a ravioli supper, a bazaar, dancing and singing.

Walter W. McAllister is re-elected for his fifth term as mayor.  Lila Cockrell is selected mayor pro-tempore, the first woman to hold the office.

April 30 in San Antonio history…

The City Brewery (Pearl) holds its grand opening.

The contract to build a 650-foot tower at the HemisFair site was awarded today to D.J. Rheiner Construction Company.  Architectural details for the unnamed tower will be released within 60 days.

The former Mission Drive-In Theater opens as the 16,400 square foot Mission Branch Library.


April 29 in San Antonio history…

Temple Beth-El is dedicated.

WOAI Radio has been sold by Avco Broadcasting to Clear Channel Communications, Inc. for $1.5 million.  Principal owners in the Clear Channel firm are businessmen B.J. “Red” McCombs and L. Lowry Mays. Avco had owned WOAI since 1965.  The sale does not affect WOAI-TV, which is still owned by Avco.

The Cody branch of the San Antonio Public Library system opens for business.

April 28 in San Antonio history…

A carnival ride in Milam Square collapsed, injuring eight people.

1958San Antonio Express, 29 April 1953
Two tornadoes (later rated F3 and F4) strike Bexar County in the area of Helotes, killing two people and injuring twenty.

A developer has announced plans for a 28- acre Islamic-oriented condominium and retail center to be constructed on the northwest side of the city. Insha Development Co. announced that the $26 million project would be called Safa City and would contain 300 housing units, a mosque, school, shops, gardens, picnic areas and fountains. The land for the project was purchased a year ago for $1.8 million in an area two miles southwest of Ingram Park Mall.

April 27 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio Woolco stores offer San Antonio housewives the opportunity to trade-in their husbands. They offer 10 to 15 cents per pound of the husband’s weight toward the purchase of Whirlpool appliances.

A 22-year old streaker jumped on a float in the Fiesta Flambeau parade.  He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, pled guilty and assessed a $200 fine in Municipal Court.  He was not released, however.  He was held in custody as he was wanted by Armed Forces Police for being AWOL from the Air Force since last December.

During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from a parked motorhome (right). Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.

April 26 in San Antonio history…

Carol Creighton Burnett is born in San Antonio, near W. Commerce and Rosillo streets.

The San Antonio Transit Company begins employing “Transettes,”  young women in green suits who will be  stationed at points in downtown San Antonio and will make change, sell nickel passes, tokens and zone tickets and offer information on how to get places and when.

“Perry Kallison’s Cow Country News and Trading Post” is broadcast for the last time, having been a daily program on KMAC for over 45 years.  KMAC has recently been sold and the new owners want to focus exclusively on music.

April 25 in San Antonio history…

A hamburger stand directly under the ancient Hapsburg coat-of-arms on the old Spanish Governor’s Palace has been ordered removed.

The city begins administering the first Salk polio vaccine injections at seven city, county and military centers.

Stevie Ray Vaughan (right) and Double Trouble play La Semana Alegre in Hemisfair Park.  He enjoys it so much, he vows to return in 1991.  Sadly, he will not get the chance.  He dies in a helicopter crash four months later.  (Photo by Al Rendon)

April 24 in San Antonio history…

The first Battle of Flowers parade is held.

The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

“The Dreamweaver,” Gary Wright (right), performs at Municipal Auditorium.  Starcastle and Blackfoot open.


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