November 24 in San Antonio history…

1877
The San Antonio Water Works are incorporated.

1940
Nineteen-year-old Isaac Stern, violinist, will be heard in recital today at San Pedro Playhouse under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Club.

1978
Black Sabbath plays Convention Center Arena with opening act Van Halen.

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November 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A Camp Travis soldier, who deserted on Nov. 2 after being demoted from sergeant to private, has been sentenced to ten years hard labor at the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was arrested at the railroad station in Von Ormy, awaiting the train, with a ticket to Laredo.

1936
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”

1953
The Municipal Auditorium features “Rhapsodies of 1954,” a triple-bill with former boxer “Sugar Ray” Robinson and Joe Scott, Count Basie and his Orchestra, and Billy Ward and the Dominoes.

 

November 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
An additional aviation unit is to be established on the selected tract of land adjacent to Berg’s Mill, according to Col. W. D. Chitty, commandant of Kelly Field, who returned last night from a conference in Washington.  This property, which was assembled by the Chamber of Commerce, has been under governmental consideration for some time but has finally been passed upon by the War Department and definite authorization for the establishment of the third aviation unit has been given.

1939joskes
With a grand ceremony including fireworks, high school bands and 300 guests of honor, Joske’s dedicates their newly renovated and expanded “Big Store” (right) at the corner of Commerce and Alamo streets.

1963
San Antonio’s Catholic churches were packed with mourners for President Kennedy as soon as the news of his assassination was learned.  Many San Antonians lined the streets as his motorcade passed through the city just yesterday.

 

November 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Red Cross patriotic mass meeting is held in Beethoven Hall.

1963
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are in San Antonio to dedicate the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He is assassinated in Dallas the following day.

1992
Athens, Georgia-based band, R.E.M., films the video for their song “Everybody Hurts” on the unopened lower level of the $270 million “Downtown Y” highway expansion project, on I-10 between Cincinnati and Colorado streets.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

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The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1917 – World War I 
A permanent military band of seventy-five pieces may enrich the musical life of San Antonio.  The plan has been developed, the nucleus of the organization has been formed at Kelly Field but approximately $4500 is needed for the maintenance of the band.

1970
Ground is broken on the new $31,993,000 Veteran’s Administration hospital in the South Texas Medical Center.  It is due to be completed by March 1, 1974.  (After the death of Audie Murphy on May 28, 1971, the hospital would be named the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in his honor.)

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The “dare devil” riders of Motorcycle Company 303 are now stationed at Ft. Sam Houston.  This company is one of three that has been organized for the carrying of dispatches and the execution of daring and dangerous work between battle lines.

1926
San Antonio may have a professional football season of six weeks starting Dec. 15.  Officials of the Buffalo, N.Y. Bisons are reportedly in contact with the owners of League Park in efforts to use the space as a field.

1960
Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

November 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Commissions are ready for the Camp Stanley student officers.  Before they are announced, however, the student officers must complete one more week of strenuous training.  Announcement will be made on the morning of Tuesday, November 27, and at 8 o’clock the men will be sworn in.

1963
The San Antonio Light reports that open house for the dedication by President Kennedy of the new Air Force School of Aerospace medical buildings at Brooks Air Force Base will start at 11 a.m. Thursday. A variety of space age displays will be on view, including a display of the X-15 research rocket plane and the X20 Dyna-Soar manned space craft.

1985
The first Calvin & Hobbes cartoon is printed in the San Antonio Express-News (right).

November 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With Thanksgiving drawing near, all eyes have been turned to the football game to be played between the 90th Division from Camp Travis and the All-Kelly Field team, representing the aviation section of the army.  This game, which is expected to be one of the most interesting ever staged in San Antonio, will be played at 2:30 o’clock on Thanksgiving Day.

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

1959
Tennis pros Althea Gibson and Karol Fageros play a 45-minute exhibition tennis match at halftime of the Harlem Globetrotters game vs. the Baltimore Rockets at Alamo Stadium gymnasium.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The airplane that fell inside of Mexican territory months ago when Col. H. S. Bishop and Lieut. W. A. Robertson of the San Diego, Cal., flying station, came near losing their lives, has been salvaged and is now in the repair shops at Kelly Field.  The plane reached San Antonio yesterday by freight, coming from Ajo, Arizona.  It was brought there by civilians who entered Mexico about six weeks ago and hauled the plane out on a motor truck.

1930
The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

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Billy Joel visits brings his “52nd Street” tour to Convention Center Arena.

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio branch of the National League for Woman’s Service has sent out an open letter to the women of surrounding towns asking for their co-operation in supplying the Texas boys at Camp Bowie  with needed woolen garments.  More than fifty letters were mailed today, some going as far away as towns near Corpus Christi.

1926
With charred ruins of buildings and trees stripped of their branches prevailing, a scene of desolation marks the spot today where the French village at Camp Stanley was bombarded during the filming of “Wings.”

1939
Buddy Meyers, blind operator of the courthouse cigar stand, today had returned from Morristown, New Jersey with a real “seeing-eye” dog, the only one of its kind in the city.