March 28 in San Antonio history…

“The police look well their new uniforms – much more respectable in appearance than formerly – but the wearing of a rough pistol outside the neat blue suit is in very bad taste.” – San Antonio Daily Express newspaper.

The addition of a band tournament as one of the features of the Battle of Flowers this year adds interest to the event. Bands are expected to come from all over the state.

The new Magnolia gas station at Broadway and the Austin Highway opens for business (photo, right, taken in 2011).

March 27 in San Antonio history…

The paving of Alamo Plaza with mesquite blocks is begun.

The Pearl Brewery announces that it is the first brewery in North America to be completely air-conditioned.

The Express-News prints this article about the Peter, Paul and Mary concert at Trinity University the day before yesterday (March 25):
“Peter, Paul and Mary showed up 45 minutes late for their Trinity U. performance Thursday night. They were in Montgomery, Ala., involved in civil rights doings, and landed at International Airport at 8:20 p.m. The show was set for 8 p.m. But that would have been fine with everybody if the trio, instead of sticking to song (for which they were excruciatingly well paid), hadn’t ad-libbed through a lot of emotional stuff about Alabama. The big crowd didn’t dig it at all…”

March 26 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Plaza has won the location of the new Grand Opera House. It is also a prominent and strong candidate for the site of the new government building.

The Texas legislature passes a law permitting women to vote in all primary elections and nominating conventions in Texas.

Lackland Air Force Base has begun construction of five buildings that will be the beginning of the “super barracks” for Air Force basic trainees.  The buildings, which will cost $3 million each to build, will house 1,040 men.  The first of the new buildings is scheduled for completion in February 1969.  All five should be completed by June 1969.


March 25 in San Antonio history…

Two months after she was forbidden to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington D. C. because of her race, contralto Marian Anderson performs a concert in Municipal Auditorium.   Fifteen days later, on Easter Sunday, she performs a concert at the base of the Lincoln Memorial at the request of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  The concert is broadcast across the country.

San Antonio Junior College (now SAC) board today voted approval of a bid for Transit Co. property on San Pedro.  Now located at 419 Alamo, the school has looked at several other sites.

Van Halen and Collective Soul play the last concert in Convention Center Arena.

March 24 in San Antonio history…

The Empire Theater announced a new electric fan system and uniformed boys to distribute ice water to audiences.

Blues legend Etta James performs at Eastwood Country Club.

The groundbreaking is held for the South Texas Medical School and Bexar County Teaching Hospital (later renamed The University of Texas Health Science Center and University Hospital.)

March 23 in San Antonio history…

Joan Crawford is born Lucille Fay LeSeur in San Antonio.

The Dodge Turbo-Dart and Plymouth Turbo-Fury turbine-powered cars (right) go on display at O. R. Mitchell Chrysler and Rieger Motors on Broadway.

Members of the City Library Board, meeting in special session today, made general plans for construction of three new branch libraries in the northeast, southwest and western sections of the city.

March 22 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Conservation Society is organized to save the old Market House and the San Antonio River.

In advance of a May 12 Federal Court hearing, the City Council repeals the June 19, 1954 ordinance (No. 20307) prohibiting people of color from city swimming pools.

The Space Shuttle Columbia lands at Kelly AFB on its way from El Paso to Cape Canaveral.  This is the first appearance of a space shuttle in San Antonio.  The first launch takes place in April 1981.  The landing is witnessed by a crowd of over 10,000 curious San Antonians.  (photo by Tom Phillip)

March 21 in San Antonio history…

Central Park Mall holds its grand opening (right).

After almost 20 years of showing movies, the North Star Cinema closes.  The triple-screen theater owned and operated by Boston-based GCC Theaters, Inc. showed its final movie today.  Steve Colson, GCC regional vice president said “It was determined that based on our receipts from box office attendance at the theater, it would be better if we were not at the North Star Mall location.”  (The final movies shown at the theater were: “Sahara” starring Brooke Shields, “Lassiter” starring Tom Selleck and “Blame It On Rio” starring Michael Caine.)

Plans to operate two white and gilt Venetian gondolas along the downtown San Antonio River were torpedoed today by the River Walk Advisory Commission.  But Rick Kolb, president of Venetian Voyages, said the controversy is now on course for City Council where the decision will be appealed.

March 20 in San Antonio history…

The Mission Broadcasting company of San Antonio today asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to change the frequency of radio station KONO from 1400 to 860 kilocycles and to increase the power from 250 watts to 1000 watts at night and 5,000 watts during the day.  (The change would not take effect until August 30, 1948)

British band Queen makes their first and only appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium.  Kansas opens the show despite the newspaper ad stating the opening acts are Brownsville Station and Al Stewart.

Work begins on Convention Plaza, a TriParty project that closes Alamo and Losoya between Market and Commerce streets, slowing traffic to an average speed of 1 mph.  Commerce Street is reduced to two lanes from Alamo to about a half- block east.  A police officer doing his best to direct the snail’s pace traffic at Losoya said the traffic was the worst he had seen at the intersection.  “I’ve been out here since 10 in the morning,” the officer said.  “This is pretty bad.  Just wait till we have a Spurs game.”

March 19 in San Antonio history…

The Council House Fight takes place in the building across San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.

Edward Rand purchases the de la Garza homestead for $200,000 for the future home of Rand Building (Wolff & Marx.)

The National Broadcasting Company announced today that orders have been placed with the Telephone Company for the completion of a microwave relay circuit to bring live television network shows direct to San Antonio on or around July 1st. That means that WOAI television viewers will be able to see and hear the Republican and Democratic National Conventions right from Chicago this July.