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September 22 in San Antonio history…

1875
The San Antonio Express receives the first exclusive new dispatches over the newly connected military telegraph line at Ft. Sam Houston. (Wednesday was actually the 22nd of Sept. in 1875.)

1895
An estimated $350 total damage was inflicted on the Lucchese & Bros. boot and shoe store when a fire broke out in the shop.

2012
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents a gala dinner with award-winning stage and screen actress Rita Moreno, who gives an intimate glimpse into her career in “My Life With Words & Music.”

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September 15 in San Antonio history…

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

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Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair (right), killing Emilie Schmidt of Missouri, two days before her 68th birthday, and injuring 47 riders.
(Photo by Bob Weston)

1996
Latino Elvis impersonator “El Vez” performs at Taco Land.

August 28 in San Antonio history…

1875
Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson from Travis Park.

1915
A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.

1918
At the command of Brig. General Ryan, post commander at Ft. Sam Houston, officers of all units under his command have been ordered to grant passes to men of the Jewish faith, when requested, in order that they may attend devotional exercises on the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

January 27 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1918
President Wilson issues a proclamation putting the nation on war rations.  He called for observance of two wheatless days, Monday and Wednesday, one wheatless and one meatless meal daily, meatless Tuesday and porkless Saturday. Simultaneously the food administration announced its new “victory bread” to contain 20 per cent of cereals other than wheat, after February 24. It also announced Tuesday would be a porkless day in addition to Saturday.

1875
The construction of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is completed.

1910
A petition is being circulated in which citizens pledge not to eat meat for 30 days in order to reduce prices.  One man said: “A year ago, 20 cents worth of meat would keep my whole family going all day, but now it costs 40 cents.”

1941
Two wrought iron signs bearing the inscription Arneson River Theater have been placed on the San Antonio River beautification project, J. A. Hazelrigg, manager of the WPA in the San Antonio district, reported today. Made by the WPA crafts project, one of the signs is six feet long with lettering eight inches in height. This sign has been placed over the archway entrance to the river beautification project at the La Villita entrance. The second sign, 10 to 20 inches in size, has been placed on the theater building.

September 15 in San Antonio history…

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

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Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47 (right).
(Photo by Bob Weston)

1983
At the San Antonio Zoo, a gorilla named Mopie attacks zookeeper Rick Estrada, nearly biting off his leg.

September 15 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1916British_Mark_I_Tank
The Battle of Flers–Courcelette, the third and final general offensive mounted by the British Army in the Battle of the Somme, begins.  This battle is notable for the debut of the new British Heavy Machine Gun Branch’s “secret weapon” – the tank.  (British Mark I shown at right)

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

1933
At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends.  Anheuser-Busch sends their brewery wagon and Clydesdale horse team to distribute the beer in downtown San Antonio.

1968
Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.

December 28 in San Antonio history…

1875
alam95proglThe staff of the Daily Express works a double shift to produce the last afternoon edition and publish the first morning issue — San Antonio’s first true morning paper. Others had been printed in the evening and distributed in the morning.

1947
Brackenridge High School brought San Antonio its first state football championship with a 22-13 win over Highland Park High school in Alamo Stadium.

1995
The Texas A&M Aggies defeat Michigan, 22-20, in the third Alamo Bowl (right).

August 26 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
German Imperial Chancellor  Dr. von Bethmann-Hollweg stated today that the sinking of the Arabic, if caused by a German submarine, was not a “deliberately unfriendly” attack but – if the version of the incident published is true – the arbitrary act of a submarine commander and not only not sanctioned but decidedly condemned by the German government.  He also stated that Germany is most desirous of maintaining peace and friendly relations with the United States.

1875
The San Antonio public schools are placed under city control.

1937
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

2007
The movie theater at McCreeless Mall closes.

August 28 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The German cruisers “Mainz”, “Koln”, and “Ariadne” are sunk in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.  German forces capture the fort at Manonviller in Lorraine, France.

1875
Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson street from Travis Park.

1955
Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day, the same day that Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi.  San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was “going ahead with plans” to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term.

September 15 in San Antonio history…

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

1951
Charley Trippi and the Chicago Cardinals take on Doak Walker and the Detroit Lions at Alamo Stadium in an exhibition game.

1983
At the San Antonio Zoo, a gorilla named Mopie attacks zookeeper Rick Estrada, nearly biting off his leg.