April 28 in San Antonio history…

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.

Joske’s closes the Chuckwagon and Camelia Room restaurants when African-American customers ask for service there.

For 30 minutes today, beginning at 3 p.m., San Antonio was “under attack.”   At that time, according to Martin M. Eser, co-ordinator, city and county civil defense mechanisms swung into action. And theoretically, not actually, the entire population of San Antonio was evacuated. Eser said: “City and county governmental functions, again in theory, were transferred to Leon Springs and Cascade Caverns.  Eser said city officials did not go these alternate headquarters, but civil defense units set up communications at these points. San Antonio’s dry run for disaster was part of the massive nation-wide exercise called “Operation Alert — 1961.”


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