July 11 in San Antonio history…

1882
Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

1948
A pilot from Randolph Air Force Base makes an unauthorized flight in an AT-6 Texan airplane and loses control, crashing into a house and apartment complex in the 600 block of Elmira Street, killing an elderly woman along with the pilot.

1983
At 7:56 p.m., USFL Commissioner Chet Simmons awards a football franchise to San Antonio in front of a crowd of 1,200 people outside the west gate of Alamo Stadium.  “You’re all marvelous,” he says.  “If we could package all this enthusiasm and take it around the country, we would have 100 franchises.”  The team will be known as the Gunslingers.

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