New and improved website coming July 19!

New Website

A new fresh, more user-friendly and responsive mysapl.org is coming soon.  Key features on the new website include quicker and easier access to key services and resources including the digital library, ‘ask a librarian’, and the events calendar. The new site will also be responsive, and is designed for all your devices. Be sure to visit us on July 19 to check out our new look!

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

1944halff
Plans to convert the four-story Halff building (right) at 336 E. Commerce into an African-American hotel were thwarted when nearby residents protested before the city zoning board today in City Hall.  “I am [the] manager of the Cameo Theater, which has given the Negroes a modern theater and now I think our next step is to convert this vacant building into a clean, modern hotel.  The Negroes have been pushed around and had to live in ‘dumps’ for years.  The better class Negro is just as afraid to walk through the 400 and 500 block of East Commerce as the white folks are.  We want it cleaned up.” said Pinkie Smith. (photo courtesy of UTSA digital collections)

1970
What was billed as the first Mexican-American-sponsored fund-raising event for a Republican in Texas history was held at the Gunter Hotel last night for U.S. Senate candidate George H. W. Bush.

August 22 in San Antonio history…

1918
Military police have been ordered to keep soldiers out of close to a score of eating and drinking places in the carnival district of W. Houston because their women employees lack certificates attesting to their moral character.

1969
Three Dog Night comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays Municipal Auditorium.  Courtship opens the show.

 

August 21 in San Antonio history…

1927
With approximately 100 artesian wells pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of water daily, it is only a matter of time until the San Antonio River dries up, acting Mayor Phil Wright declared today.

1955
All new police cars are being equipped with beacon-ray emergency red lights that flash revolving red beams as a warning to all.  Sixteen lights have been installed and are in operation now, said Capt. Frank Mosel.  They are replacing the old blinker lights which were much smaller and flashed only forward.

1993
The Dallas Cowboys lose to the Houston Oilers, 23-20, in the Alamodome – a preseason NFL game for the Governors Cup.

August 20 in San Antonio history…

1918
Married women will hereafter be permitted to secure positions to public schools of the city as the result of the action taken today at a meeting of the San Antonio School Board.  The action was taken as a “war time necessity” with the provision that each applicant be passed upon individually.

1940
Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad performs at the Sunken Garden Theater.

1957
San Antonio’s picturesque old Spanish trails seem to be a little too much for the city’s new $1 million downtown traffic signal system.  Stewart Fischer, city traffic engineer, admitted Friday that the electronic brain that controls the system was not working as well as he had hoped.  He said it would take time to adjust the new system to the city’s street patterns.

August 19 in San Antonio history…

1935
Mayor C. K. Quin Monday ordered a series of mural paintings taken from the walls of the foyer of the Municipal Auditorium, after their presence was protested by the American Legion Central Council of Bexar County. The paintings by Xavier Gonzales, were criticized for containing hidden Communist symbols.

1947
Local builders today claimed San Antonio needs 10,000 new homes “just to catch up” with present demand. Noting new homes are sold before they are even completed, they said 15,000 suitable sites exist on the north side.

1989
Garth Brooks makes his first ever concert appearance in the area at the Bluebonnet Palace in Schertz.

August 18 in San Antonio history…

1813
The Spanish royalist army under Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo is victorious at the Battle of Medina south of San Antonio. Gen. Arredondo’s forces enter San Antonio two days after the battle and inflict punishment on the civilian population. 700 of the citizens are imprisoned, eighteen die of suffocation out of 300 in one house; the remainder are shot.

1887
The first train into Comfort was the occasion of great rejoicing in that city and a brass band serenaded the town. The train men and citizens drank up 17 kegs of beer during the jollification.

1946
Use of the San Antonio River as a water highway to the gulf complete with locks, docks, etc. has become a possibility of the not too distant future following agreement of the war department to conduct a survey.

August 17 in San Antonio history…

1955audie
World War II war hero Audie Murphy is in San Antonio for the world premiere of his autobiographical movie, “To Hell and Back,” at the Majestic today.

1956
The Edwards Aquifer reaches its all-time low of 612.5 feet.

1968
Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, entertain at Hemisfair in the Theater of Performing Arts (now Lila Cockrell Theater.)

August 16 in San Antonio history…

1934Bambi2012
Donald “Donnie” Roan Dunagan is born in San Antonio.  Mr. Dunagan served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted 13 times in 21 years, retiring with the rank of Major.  He was the Marine Corp’s youngest drill instructor.  He also served three tours in Vietnam and earned the Purple Heart three times and the Bronze Star. However, you may know him as thevoice of Walt Disney’s “Bambi.”

1940
The river theater will be named the Arneson Open-Air Theater in honor of the late Edwin P. Arneson, if the city-accepts the suggestion of the San Antonio Technical Club. Mayor Maury Maverick announced today he had received resolutions adopted by this club asking that this honor be bestowed. The mayor said he presumed the city would accede to the request.

1999
North East School District opens their first new high school since 1976 – Ronald Reagan High School – off Huebner Road north of Loop 1604.

August 15 in San Antonio history…

1945
While people took to the streets to celebrate Japan’s acceptance of surrender terms, effectively ending World War II, burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.

1947
Playland Park introduces the new “Rocket” rollercoaster.

2005
After 48 years as an all-boys school, 90 girls joined the campus of Holy Cross High School today.  “Everyone’s a little nervous,” said senior Matthew Idar.  “But we’ll get used to it quickly.”

August 14 in San Antonio history…

1895
Ground is broken for the main building of Our Lady of the Lake Academy.  Originally, the name was to be “St. Mary’s of the Lake” but Bishop Forest persuaded Mother Florence that there were so many St. Mary’s in San Antonio that another name might be more appropriate.  With that, the name was changed to Our Lady of the Lake.

1917
Colonel Malvern-Hill Barnum, chief of staff of the Southern Department of the Army, made the announcement today that the name Camp Kelly, used informally for years, is now officially Kelly Field.  The government is designating all its aviation posts as fields and not camps, so Camp Kelly must go.

1982texas
Workers spend five hours removing the 4,000-pound marquee from the Texas Theater (right) only to have it bend and crumble due to structural rust.  The marquee was due to have been donated to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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