Monthly Archives: July 2019
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.
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.
College radio darlings R.E.M. play San Antonio for the first time at the Majestic Theater. True West opens the show.
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.
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.
Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.
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.
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.
An estimated 100,000 people turned out today for the grand opening of Windsor Park Mall, San Antonio’s largest enclosed regional shopping center.
Earl “Fatha” Hines performs at the Library Auditorium (now the Carver Center) on Hackberry Street.
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.
Rolling Oaks Mall opens at Nacogdoches and Loop 1604.
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.
Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Johnny Bush, Sammi Smith, El Curro and Gino Scorza entertain at the Menudo World Championship held at Raymond Russell Park.
Anita Ward brings her recent #1 song “Ring My Bell” to the Convention Center Arena, opening for Con-Funk-Shun.
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.
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”
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.
The city ordinance is demanding that the steam railways running through the city slow their speed down to six miles an hour.
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.
San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio’s drinking water after a decades-long debate.
Track laying begins for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.
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.
Columbia, the capsule containing the three Apollo 11 astronauts, splashes down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:50 a.m. San Antonio time (right).
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.
Foley’s opens their first store in San Antonio, located in North Star Mall.
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.
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.
The San Antonio Gunslingers release all 46 players just before the deadline to pay them.