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April 24 in San Antonio history…

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The first Battle of Flowers parade is held (right).

1960
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.

1994
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.

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April 23 in San Antonio history…

1915
A gigantic advertising campaign launched the new Camel cigarette brand in San Antonio.

1925
Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson and her ousted governor husband arrived in San Antonio to see the Fiesta parades.

1979
Archbishop Francis Furey dies and is succeeded by Archbishop Patrick Flores.

April 22 in San Antonio history…

1937
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.

1951
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.)

1982
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.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

1889
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)

1941
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.

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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.

April 20 in San Antonio history…

1891
President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

1940
Lone Star Beer is first placed on the market (right).

1980
The Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside and Dynasty perform at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

1892
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce receives its charter.

1957
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.

1991
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.

April 18 in San Antonio history…

1927
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.

1947
Mission Stadium and Ballpark opened and the first Texas league game was played there.

1994
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.

April 17 in San Antonio history…

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J.C. Penney opens their first San Antonio store at 305 W. Commerce Street downtown (right).

1942
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.

1985
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.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

1976
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.

1992
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.

1993
Ventriloquist Willie Tyler and Lester perform at Comedy Tonight.

April 15 in San Antonio history…

1955
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.

1988
Sea World of Texas opens

2000
Sunken Garden Theater is host to Ronnie James Dio and San Antonio rock favorites, Legs Diamond and Budgie.