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July 23 in San Antonio history…

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1885
The first shipment of rails for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass railway arrived in San Antonio.

1941
The Pontiac “glass car,” (right) with a body made from plexiglas and featured in General Motors’ “Highways and Horizons” pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair, goes on display at Mission City Pontiac located at Tenth and Broadway.

1981
Foley’s opens their first store in San Antonio, located in North Star Mall.

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.

1968
Eric Burdon & the Animals play a concert in Municipal Auditorium with local bands The Yellow Payges and Sweet Smoke opening.

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their first home game at Alamo Stadium – an exhibition game against the Memphis Southmen.  The Wings win, 7-0.

May 18 In San Antonio history…

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

1987
The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

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Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan (Spurs majority owner Peter Holt, right)

September 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Germany adopts a new field service uniform with the familiar steel helmet which will remain in use for decades.

1885
City authorities declared they would strictly enforce the six-shooter ordinance, which required even law officers to obtain a permit from the mayor to carry a pistol.

1914
In spite of the war in Europe, English and Irish in San Antonio joined hands with Germans to protest the changing of their street name from Washington to Prince Solms.

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Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

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

1922
The Junior Chamber of Commerce will confer with the mayor and city commissioners this afternoon to settle plans for the proposed swimming pool at San Pedro Park. The site of the pool is known as “swan pond.”

1947
As an emergency solution to the city’s problem of low water pressure, the city water board today urged the public to sprinkle lawns and gardens only on assigned days.  Sunday was left open as a free day for everyone.

May 18 in San Antonio history…

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

1956
Commissioners Court authorized a contract allowing a local resident to dig for buried treasure on county-owned land.

1976
The Oakwell Branch Library, 4134 Harry Wurzbach, is displaying drawings and watercolors by noted artist Amy Freeman Lee through May 29. Miss Lee has lectured at many colleges and universities, including Trinity and Incarnate Word.

April 11 in San Antonio history…

1885
Alamo Iron Works moved to its new plant on Sunset Rd. near E. Commerce.

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The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

1977
A $11,097,995 contract was awarded to Browning Construction company for Phase II construction on the campus of UTSA today.  Included will be a 60,075 addition to the Arts building, a classroom and office building facing east on the west side of the campus plaza and a sculpture and ceramics studio to be located on the west side of campus.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1885
Prisoners in the county jail have a riot because they want more beans.

1924
Bible reading exercises, made mandatory by action of the School Board, started the day in all San Antonio schools.

1947
A nationwide telephone strike begins at 6 a.m.  1,300 members of the telephone workers union are off the job in San Antonio. Local phone service on the dial system will not be affected until the lack of maintenance work causes breakdowns, it was pointed out by Paul West, district manager of the Southwestern Bell Company. How long this will be is anybody’s guess. A supervisory force is manning switchboards, West said, and is prepared to handle a limited number of long-distance and other calls requiring an operator. He urged telephone users to avoid all such as far as possible.

 

December 23 in San Antonio history…

1820
Moses Austin, father of Stephen F. Austin, is in San Antonio.

1885
The hearts of many local boys have been saddened to learn that an ordinance prohibiting the shooting of fireworks in the city limits will be strictly enforced during the Christmas holiday.

1936
Thirty-four inmates of the county jail will be granted a substantial Christmas present – their freedom.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The Portuguese government announces prospective co-operation with Britain.

1885
The first regular mail run on the San Antonio-Aransas Pass railway embarked at 5:15 today from the Flores Street station.

1936
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”