January 28 in San Antonio history…
The new Main Library building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.
The American Basketball Association’s eighth annual All-Star game is played in Convention Center Arena. The East team defeats the West, 151-124. Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis is named the Most Valuable Player with 26 points, 11 assists and two steals. His prize is $2,000 cash or a quarter horse named “Tough Julie.” He chose the horse. Unfortunately, “Tough Julie” died three weeks later.
A small explosive blast, followed by a puff of brown smoke and a rousing round of applause signaled the official start of construction today of San Antonio’s new West Side Freeway. Some 300 people gathered in Westover Hills just yards from Sea World of Texas’ Garden of Flags for the dedication of State Highway 151, its new official name.