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August 3 in San Antonio history…

The first issue of the San Antonio Light is published. (Originally published starting in 1881 as The Evening Light.)

1917 – World War I
Percy Tyrrell, manager of the Gunter hotel, who is district chairman for the movement which was recently started to train civilian cooks for the army in the hotels of the country, has been literally
“swamped” with applications within the last two days. Who will be accepted, however, must be left to Capt. J. II. Dickey of the quartermaster’s department who has charge of that phase of the work. To date, about twenty white men and almost a hundred negroes have made application for positions as army cooks.

After an 11-day prison break attempt, San Antonio drug kingpin Fred Carrasco is killed in a shootout at Huntsville.  Carrasco, Rodolfo Dominguez, and two hostages die in the attempt.  Another hostage, Prison Chaplain Rev. Joseph O’Brien, is wounded in the chest and left arm.  Two inmate hostages are also slightly wounded.


July 7 in San Antonio history…

The first polo game is held in San Antonio is held between the Reds and the Blues in San Pedro Park.  This was only eleven years after polo was first played in England.

1917- World War I
An effort to “unionize” the construction of the army cantonments at Camp Wilson and, on the part of some union men, to secure double time for Sunday work, if such should become necessary to complete the work on time, is being made, it is reported by agents of the unions. Two conferences are said to have been held with representatives of the Stone & Webster Company, but the situation has not been adjusted.

San Antonio resident Karen Hantze Susman (right) wins the women’s singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Vera Sukova of Czechoslovakia in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.  She also wins the women’s doubles title with her partner, Billie Jean Moffitt (later King).

April 23 in San Antonio history…

The Alamo church building is bought by the State under an Act of April 23, for $20,000, from the Catholic church authorities.

The citizens of Boerne witnessed the first aeroplane flying over this town today when John Frost of San Antonio flew over Boerne about 5 o ’clock, making a detour of the city twice, going almost out of sight and then coming down to about 250 feet near the main street.  He continued on toward Comfort and then turned to head back to his home in San Antonio.

Brooke Shields comes to Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote her new collection of jeanswear.

April 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I – Loyalty Day
Fifteen thousand people paraded through the streets of San Antonio to demonstrate their loyalty to flag and country today.  The parade started just after 2:00 p.m. and continued until nearly 5:00 p.m.  An estimated crowd of 75,000 people lined the streets to watch and cheer.

The weekly San Antonio Evening Light is discontinued and, under new management, the first issue of the San Antonio Daily Light newspaper rolls off the printing press.

To celebrate their 11 years in business, Academy Army Surplus Company, with stores at 117 Soledad and 1301 S. Flores St., is holding a big anniversary sale.   The company began in 1939 as Academy Tire Shop on S. Flores and is named for nearby St. Henry’s Academy.  (It is known today as Academy Sports and Outdoors.)

Ingram Square Cinema IV opens today with four first-run movies.  The multi-screen complex seats 1,400 and is managed by Pat Clark.  She comes to San Antonio from managing a theater in Waco.

February 26 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone of Paine (Travis Park) Methodist-Episcopal Church is laid.

Amelia Earhart, famed woman flyer, in San Antonio for a visit, spiked rumors that she is planning another around-the-world flight.
(Despite her denial, she was in fact planning an around the world flight.  She left Oakland on May 21, 1937 and disappeared on July 2.)

Rodney Allen Rippy, child star of commercials for Jack In The Box restaurants, comes to San Antonio on a promotional tour.  He is whisked by limousine from the airport to the Jack In The Box at Vance Jackson and Loop 410 for supper.


July 11 in San Antonio history…

Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

A pilot from Randolph Air Force Base makes an unauthorized flight in an AT-6 Texan airplane and loses control, crashing into a house and apartment complex in the 600 block of Elmira Street, killing an elderly woman along with the pilot.

At 7:56 p.m., USFL Commissioner Chet Simmons awards a football franchise to San Antonio in front of a crowd of 1,200 people outside the west gate of Alamo Stadium.  “You’re all marvelous,” he says.  “If we could package all this enthusiasm and take it around the country, we would have 100 franchises.”  The team will be known as the Gunslingers.

May 16 in San Antonio history…

The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.

The San Antonio Light reports that the Bronchos baseball team, in Sherman for a game, were not affected by the terrible cyclone that devastated the town yesterday.  It is hoped that the games, scheduled for yesterday and today in Sherman, will be moved to San Antonio’s Riverside Park to be played tomorrow and Monday.

The movie “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, premieres at five San Antonio theaters.  The term “maverick” comes from Samuel A. Maverick, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence who refused to brand his cattle.  Maverick died in San Antonio on September 2, 1870 and is buried in City Cemetery #1.

April 3 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper formerly known as the Alamo Star, published their first issue.

The weekly San Antonio Evening Light is discontinued and, under new management, the first issue of the San Antonio Daily Light newspaper rolls off the printing press.

Henry Cisneros is elected mayor of San Antonio, becoming the first Mexican-American mayor in a major U.S. city.  His opponent was John Steen.

January 21 in San Antonio history…

Former City Marshal Ben Thompson is acquitted in District Court for the murder of Vaudeville Theater owner Jack Harris.

KONO-TV Channel 12 (later KSAT) begins regular programming with Eisenhower’s second inauguration.

Sixty-three years after Isadore Brenner opened the store as “Brenner’s” on Soledad Street, longtime San Antonio discount store Solo Serve files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

May 16 in San Antonio history…

The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.

The Pigeon Hole Parking Garage went into operation today at 212 Soledad Street.  The 10-story building has a maximum capacity of 180 cars.  Two manually-operated elevators lift incoming cars to one of the nine floors where they are parked.  The whole operator is handled by only five employees.  Rates are five cents for ten minutes with a maximum charge of $1.50 per day.

The second known set of chimpanzee twins in existence were born today at the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education.  “Millie,” a 16-year old chimp gave birth to a male and female at 6 a.m.  Foundation officials report mother and babies are doing fine.