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Members of San Antonio’s NAACP and youth council participate in a sit-in and picket demonstration to protest the segregation of two of the restaurants inside Joske’s – the Chuck Wagon and Camellia Room.
David Robinson scores 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to win the NBA scoring title over Shaquille O’Neal. Robinson and George Gervin are the only Spurs players to win scoring titles.
Girl entertainers in two carnival shows were ordered to don clothing by Mayor C. K. Quin following complaints from the Legion of Decency, Knights of Columbus.
The Rowles Sales Company at 535 Delaware is displaying the new DuMont Royal Sovereign – the largest TV currently made. It has a gigantic 30″ screen. The cabinet is 47 inches high, 49 inches wide and 27 inches deep and also contains an FM radio and an attachment for a phonograph. The TV sells for $1800.00. (This is $15,374.16 in today’s money.)
RepublicBank receives a permit from city council to demolish the Texas Theater. The Conservation Society receives a federal court order to delay the demolition for 60 days.
Juan N. Seguin, in a letter to General Bee of this city, positively asserts that the charred bones and ashes of the Alamo defenders, burned by Santa Anna’s orders, were collected in an urn and deposited in a grave which the Seguin had dug inside of the cathedral of San Fernando, in front of the altar close to the railing.(from the April 21, 1889 San Antonio Light newspaper)
King Antonio XXIII, George Friedrich, directs his armada of more than 50 boats down the San Antonio River in the first ever Fiesta River Fête. This replaces the previous tradition of King Antonio arriving in the city by royal coach. The ceremony also serves as a formal dedication of the River Beautification Project.
The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown. Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce receives its charter.
San Antonio oilman Tom Slick was quoted from Katamandu, Nepal, as saying his exploring party had found three sets of mysterious tracks which he is convinced were made by the fabled “Abominable Snowman” of the Himalayas.
Longtime album-oriented rock station 99.5 KISS changes formats and begins simulcasting the 50’s and 60’s oldies format of 930 KOOL AM. Eight full-time and part-time disc jockeys are fired as a result. Reaction from listeners is swift and harsh.
Archbishop Robert J. Drossaerts rededicates San Jose Mission as a sacred edifice. Restored to its original lines of 160 years ago, the mission will be reblessed to compensate for the time it lay in ruins.
The new home of the Missions baseball team opens under the rather generic name of the “San Antonio Municipal Baseball Stadium.” It will be renamed for mayor Nelson Wolff in May 1995.
Six new motorcycle policemen and a magic-eye speed trap will be put into action on San Antonio streets within a week or ten days. The magic-eye machine will be used to locate speed areas.
Clarissa Davis of John Jay High School, one of the most sought-after high school basketball recruits in city history, ends months of suspense and signs a letter of intent to play for the University of Texas Longhorns.
Lila Cockrell, the first woman mayor of the nation’s 10th largest city, swept to a second term yesterday, turning back the challenge of wealthy beer distributorJohn Monfrey by a hefty 19,000 vote margin. It was 62,447 to 43,039.
Jerry Tarkanian, percentage-wise the winningest coach in NCAA history, signed a three-year deal for a reported $600,000 per season to coach the San Antonio Spurs. Red McCombs calls him “Tarkington” six times during the press conference – including the introduction. His tenure as head coach would only last 20 games. He was fired after starting with a 9-11 record.
Ventriloquist Willie Tyler and Lester perform at Comedy Tonight.
This is the first day that income tax is due on April 15. When the Sixteenth Amendment was passed in 1913, the filing deadline for individuals was March 1. It was changed to March 15 in 1918.
Sunken Garden Theater is host to Ronnie James Dio and San Antonio rock favorites, Legs Diamond and Budgie.