Monthly Archives: July 2019

July 31 in San Antonio history…

1971
San Antonian David Scott and fellow astronaut James Irwin, become the first people to drive a car somewhere other than earth as they take NASA’s lunar rover for a spin on the surface of the moon.

1978
Tropical Storm Amelia stalls over South Texas, beginning three days of continuous rain over the Guadalupe River basin leading to widespread flooding and evacuations. Medina receives 48″ of rain, a record not only for Texas but any tropical cyclone impacting the continental United States.

1985
College radio darlings R.E.M. play San Antonio for the first time at the Majestic Theater.  True West opens the show.

July 30 in San Antonio history…

1909
Sunday opening of stores in San Antonio must stop, according to a precedent set in Judge Umscheid’s court.  A West Commerce drygoods merchant was fined $50 for opening his store on Sunday.

1969
An Olmos Park resident writes to the San Antonio Light that it’s “a dirty shame” that there is no stoplight at intersection of El Prado, Olmos Drive and McCullough Avenue.

1992
Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

July 29 in San Antonio history…

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1973
A supergroup made of of guitarist Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice play Municipal Auditorium.  The opening act is Spooky Tooth, featuring lead singer Gary “Dream Weaver” Wright and future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones.

1976
An estimated 100,000 people turned out today for the grand opening of Windsor Park Mall, San Antonio’s largest enclosed regional shopping center.

July 28 in San Antonio history…

1941
Earl “Fatha” Hines performs at the Library Auditorium (now the Carver Center) on Hackberry Street.

1963
The legend of the famed Rose Window of San Jose Mission is one of the major themes being presented in the production of “San Jose Story” at the San Jose Outdoor Theater through August 17.

1988
Rolling Oaks Mall opens at Nacogdoches and Loop 1604.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

1957
The Corpus Christi Times newspaper announces that local car salesman, Billy J. “Red” McCombs, 29, has been appointed by the sales manager of the Houston district of the Ford Motor Company to be the local Edsel dealer in that city.   The new Edsel automobiles will arrive on September 4 at his dealership located at 334 South Chaparral Street.

1973
Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Johnny Bush, Sammi Smith, El Curro and Gino Scorza entertain at the Menudo World Championship held at Raymond Russell Park.

1979
Anita Ward brings her recent #1 song “Ring My Bell” to the Convention Center Arena, opening for Con-Funk-Shun.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1901
Firemen who saved the Maverick Bank Building from flames recently were treated to a Mexican supper last night by P. H. Swearingen, who has a drugstore on the first floor of the building.

1917
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

1981
The first jazz mass ever celebrated at a Catholic church in this area – and possibly in the entire Southwest – is held in San Fernando Cathedral.  Jim Cullum and the Happy Jazz Band provided their interpretations of hymns and spirituals to a 7:30 p.m. service conducted by Father Louis White.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

1891
The city ordinance is demanding that the steam railways running through the city slow their speed down to six miles an hour.

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill spurned pleas from a veterans organization that oak trees planted in front of the old post office by Teddy Roosevelt not be chopped down.

2002
San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio’s drinking water after a decades-long debate.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

1885
Track laying begins for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.

1943
Ike Kampmann announces that the Menger Hotel has been sold to the National Hotel Company, operators of numerous hotels throughout the South and Southwest, at a price of $265,000.  The hotel was purchased by the Kampmann family from the Menger family sixty years ago.

1969
Columbia, the capsule containing the three Apollo 11 astronauts, splashes down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:50 a.m. San Antonio time (right).

July 23 in San Antonio history…

1969
The Apollo 11 astronauts are now 138,568 miles from earth, heading home at 3,653 mph, still on track for a planned splashdown in the Pacific Ocean tomorrow.

1970
Tom Jones, with Count Basie and his Orchestra opening the show, plays Convention Center Arena.

1981
Foley’s opens their first store in San Antonio, located in North Star Mall.

July 22 in San Antonio history….

1942
A photostatic copy of the original floor plan of an old Spanish fort in San Antonio, drawn in 1805 by Francisco Adam, was brought to San Antonio recently by Bascom Giles, commissioner of the general land office. Situated on the present site of city hall, the fort was more than 300 feet long.

1969
Apollo 11 left lunar orbit at 11:55 p.m last night and is heading for earth at a speed of 2,924 m.p.h.

1985
The San Antonio Gunslingers release all 46 players just before the deadline to pay them.