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July 24 in San Antonio history…

1885
Track laying begins for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.

1943
Ike Kampmann announces that the Menger Hotel has been sold to the National Hotel Company, operators of numerous hotels throughout the South and Southwest, at a price of $265,000.  The hotel was purchased by the Kampmann family from the Menger family sixty years ago.

1969
Columbia, the capsule containing the three Apollo 11 astronauts, splashes down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:50 a.m. San Antonio time (right).

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June 19 in San Antonio history…

1885
The first graduates of San Antonio High School are given their diplomas.  They are: Charles Arnold, Clara Carrico, Leila Emrie, Anna Graves, Lillite Gill, Ada Hockett, William Knox, Hannah Morris, Virginia Newton, Hart Poor, Seymour Thomas and Nannie Weir.

1917 
Subscriptions for the purchase of the ancient governor’s palace, a relic of the royal government of Spain, which stands on Military Plaza and which is in danger of being torn down, are beginning to be received by the committee working for its preservation, Miss Adina De Zavala, chairman. A regular plan of campaign has not been decided upon, but a meeting of the executive and advisory
committees will be held at some time next week, the time and place to be announced later. This building is one of the oldest structures in San Antonio and was erected by the Spanish government as the administrative palace when Texas was a province of Spain. In spite of disfiguring signs and years of neglect and abuse, the building has a commanding appearance and the ancient seal of Spain still remains over the door.

2012
Megabus, a division of Coach USA, begins direct bus service from San Antonio to Austin, Dallas and Houston with 17 daily departures that leave from a parking lot at Broadway and 4th Street.  For the first week, fares are no more than $1.00 each way.

May 16 in San Antonio history…

1883
The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.

1885
Col. Belknap explored 40 feet of cave he found in San Pedro Park.

1986
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.

February 22 in San Antonio history…

1885
U.S. Marshal Hal Gosling of San Antonio is shot to death by a bandit on a train south of New Braunfels.

1889
The San Antonio City Brewery will shortly put on the market their excellent XXX Pearl beer.  Orders are in already for the first output.

1910
Louis Paulhan, “King of the Air,” flew his aeroplane over the city today.  He attained an altitude of 2,500 feet flying from Kirby to San Antonio and return, a distance of 18 miles in 21 minutes.
[This was the first airplane flight in Texas.  Benjamin Foulois made the second, and the first military flight, on March 2, 1910]

January 23 in San Antonio history…

1885
A new stagecoach fare of $4 to Boerne was announced with the return trip costing $5.  (This is $98 and $123 in today’s money, respectively.)

1964
The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and abolished the poll tax for federal elections.  The State of Texas did not ratify the amendment.  It was one of five states (Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia & Alabama) to still charge a poll tax for local and state elections.

1968
Albert McKnight becomes the first African-American to serve in San Antonio city administration.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1885
The county is again being allowed to run jail sewerage into the San Pedro creek.

1890
The street car company is disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals have already been sold for $45 each.

1905
Factories along the river have been dumping waste oil. This will kill fish in the river, it was feared.

September 30 in San Antonio history…

1885
The upkeep of the Alamo was placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

1918 – World War I
All theaters and dance halls and other amusement halls in this city will be closed to men in uniform upon the appearance of the first case of Spanish influenza at Camp Travis or Ft. Sam Houston, according to an order issued by Brig. Gen. George H. Estes, camp commander, today.

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

 

July 19 in San Antonio history…

1885
San Antonio began keeping weather statistics in 1885.  On this day in that year, the temperature dropped to 65 and it’s still the record low.

1918 – World War I
Secretary of War Baker deems professional baseball a non-essential occupation.  “I have decided that the work or fight regulations include baseball,” he said.  The secretary also expressed the opinion that draft regulations should be changed to include all persons employed solely in entertainment.

2012
Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase six television stations, including WOAI in San Antonio.  The $412.5 million deal with Newport Television involves six stations in five markets, which reach about 3 percent of national TV households, according to a news release. In San Antonio, Sinclair also owns KABB, the local Fox station.

May 18 in San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1918 – World War I
The Camp Travis baseball team takes on the University of Texas at 3 p.m.  The Camp Travis team wins, 6-1, behind the pitching of ex-Houston Buff, Oral “Lefty” Craig.

1979
Spurs fans are devastated when Bobby Dandridge hits a 12-foot jumper from the right baseline with eight seconds to play to cap a furious comeback that carries the Washington Bullets from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to a 107-105 National Basketball Association victory over the Spurs in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals.  The Spurs lose the series 4-3 becoming only the third team to lose a series in which they were up 3-1.  The boys in silver and black would have to wait another 20 years to make it to the NBA Finals.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the new San Antonio National Bank building on Commerce street.

1956elvis_1956
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)

1973
As a result of the energy crisis, the annual Windcrest Light-Up Christmas light display has been cancelled.  A daytime contest will be substituted, says Mrs. Robert Jenkins, sponsor of the event.  The city will still be installing lights downtown on schedule but a decision to turn them on will be made at a later date.