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October 11 in San Antonio history…

Municipal Auditorium hosts a concert with Eric Burdon & the Animals, Neal Ford & the Fanatics, The Kaleidoscope, Moving Sidewalks and The Band Ayd.

Southwest High School quarterback Ty Detmer breaks Tommy Kramer’s city record of 54 career touchdown passes in a 47-0 drubbing of Memorial High School.  Detmer also broke the record of five touchdown passes in a game with seven, most yards passing with 435 (breaking his previous record of 430), and setting the state record for career passing yardage with 6,245, breaking Gary Kubiak’s record of 6,190.

San Antonio City Council votes to purchase the Mission Drive-In property for $3.2 million and redevelop the site for a multi-use complex which includes a public library.


October 10 in San Antonio history…

The last of San Antonio’s Transettes disappeared from San Antonio streets today. At one time during the war there were more than 30 of the green-suited transettes (right) handing out change and giving information to bus riders.

National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first ATM, or automatic teller machine.

The Spurs play their very first regular season ABA game against the San Diego Conquistadors.  San Diego erupted for 48 points in the final quarter, storming back from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to claim a 121-106 victory over the Spurs. San Antonio blew a 77-73 lead coming into the final quarter.

October 9 in San Antonio history…

Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean, former hurler in San Antonio’s Business Baseball League, is scheduled to pitch in the seventh game of the St. Louis – Detroit World Series. (Dean gets the win as the “Gashouse Gang” Cards rout the Tigers, 11-0.)

Presidential candidate Richard Nixon makes campaign speech in San Antonio and places a wreath at the Alamo.
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear him speak.  Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series the night before.

Two city councilmen are arrested and charged with bribery, bid-rigging and corruption.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio is destined to become the center of study and research for this entire section of the state as the result of the establishment of the Witte Memorial Museum in Brackenridge Park, according to Professor J.A. Pearce of the University of Texas.  Professor Pearce was the featured speaker at the formal opening of the museum today.

As gallant under tractor guidance as when horses pranced at its head, San Antonio’s famous horse-drawn pumper said farewell to the city fire department and landed on the scrap pile at Auditorium Plaza yesterday.

Elvis Presley makes his fifth San Antonio appearance and first since 1972, playing a concert in Hemisfair Arena.


October 7 in San Antonio history…

HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

Noise to Go, featuring ex-Ace and Squeeze lead singer, Paul Carrack, and Nick Lowe plays the Bonham Exchange in support of Carrack’s newest album “Suburban Voodoo.”

The two Confederate cannons that guarded Travis Park since 1899 are trucked away to be placed in storage until park renovations are completed.

October 6 in San Antonio history…

Due to heavy rains, the highly anticipated performance of the newly combined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been cancelled.  The tents had been set up but due to the water and mud, the decision was announced at 9:30 this morning to cancel the shows.  The circus will pack up and move on to Austin.

The “Jazz at the Philharmonic” show (featuring jazz heavyweights such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Gene Krupa and Oscar Peterson) at Municipal Auditorium is spoiled by antics of two young men who try to beat up an off-duty policeman during the concert.  Promoter Norman Granz has to plead with the audience three times, twice to ask them to refrain from smoking and once to ask the crowd not to yell or whistle during Ella Fitzgerald’s performance.  One of the songs is facetiously introduced as “The Last Time We Played San Antonio Blues.”  Along with the unruly behavior, poor ticket sales (a reported 200 people) move Granz to not bring the series to San Antonio again.

The Majestic Theater re-opens as the Majestic Music Hall with performances from Arthur Godfrey, Henny Youngman, Alvino Rey and the King Family

The Hearst Corp. announces it will purchase the Express-News for $185 million in cash and the Light will be sold.


October 5 in San Antonio history…

Renovations to San Fernando are completed and the cathedral is reopened.  The second tower, however, would not be finished until 1902.

The new 1942 automobiles go on sale at local dealerships.  These cars would only be produced for a few months.  Auto production ceased on January 30, 1942 and the plants converted to building jeeps, tanks, planes and other war materiel.

Jazz impresario Norman Granz brings his “Jazz at the Philharmonic” tour to the Municipal Auditorium.  Performers include:  Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown), Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Flip Phillips, Buddy DeFranco, Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge and Bill Harris.

October 4 in San Antonio history…

Restaurant keepers were notified by the Bexar County Community Labor Board to replace their male employees with women. This was the first direct action by the board in substituting female for male labor due to World War I.

The new Twin Screen Suburban Outdoor Theater opens at Loop 13 and Highway 90 East.

Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka. The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial “star” that day – Sputnik.

October 3 in San Antonio history…

A crowd of at least two thousand people turned out to hear Governor Sam Houston speak in San Pedro Springs park.  His speech was followed by a barbecue dinner on the grounds.

Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

October 2 in San Antonio history…

From 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning 4.15 inches of rain has fallen on San Antonio, causing the San Antonio River and most other rivers in the county to overflow their banks.  The flood waters have claimed the life of a mother and her three small children near San Jose Mission.  Most of downtown San Antonio is also flooded.

“The Twilight Zone” premieres at 9:00 p.m. on KENS Channel 5.  The debut episode is entitled “Where is Everybody?” and stars Earl Holliman (right).

Burger King buys all 20 local Whopper-Burger locations from Barbara Bates, widow of founder Frank Bates, for an undisclosed purchase price.  This ends an 11-year period where Burger King had agreed to not sell burgers in a three-county area around San Antonio.