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March 4 in San Antonio history…

1836
Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault in the Alamo takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated into two batteries, the Mexican artillery, is brought to within 200 yards of the compound. More Texian reinforcements arrive in the late hours.

1886
The building at the “Jack Harris Corner” containing Sim Hart’s tobacco shop, the Vaudeville Theater and the Elite Restaurant is destroyed by fire.

1938prentiss
Paula Ragusa, better known by her stage name of Paula Prentiss (right), is born in San Antonio.

January 18 in San Antonio history…

1886
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.

1920
The deed to transfer the Kampmann property at 4th and Avenue E to the Scottish Rite Masons of San Antonio has been filed with a consideration set at $65,000 in cash.  Plans are to erect a temple on the site.

1976
The votes have been counted in yesterday’s election and San Antonio voters have rejected, by a four-to-one margin,  a 129-acre “supermall” to be located over the Edwards Aquifer at Loop 1604. Owners of the shopping mall site said they will file suit Monday contesting the legality of the election.

December 20 in San Antonio history…

1886
The Grand Opera House  has its grand opening.  The Grand Opera House (later Grand Theatre) was built in 1886 and for many years was the best theatre in San Antonio. It was located at 303 Alamo Plaza. It stayed in business until the 1930′s when it closed. The Grand was razed in 1954 to make way for H. L. Green Dept. Store.

1947
The Randolph field Ramblers, from San Antonio, despite the efforts of former West Point Stars “Doc” Blanchard and Arnold Tucker, lose a 24-19 football thriller to the Mexican Intercollegiate All-Star team today in the inauguration of Mexico’s Silver Bowl.

2006
Santikos multiplex Palladium 20-screen & IMAX theater holds soft opening.

September 10 in San Antonio history…

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Geronimo (front row, third from right), along with 26 other members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, is brought to Ft. Sam Houston after his surrender in Mexico.  He will be held here for about six weeks before being sent to Ft. Pickens in Pensacola, Florida

1921
With a known death list of 37 that may total more than 200 when all the missing are accounted for, and with a property loss of near $5 million, San Antonio was suffering the worst flood in its history.

1954
A San Antonio Zoo employee has his lower arm amputated after it is bitten and mutilated by a chimpanzee.

August 4 in San Antonio history…

1886
The heat during the past few days has been intense and many citizens have been overcome by it. Care in exposure and drinking is necessary to avoid danger.

19561956-LittleRichard
With five top ten singles on the Rhythm and Blues chart, Little Richard (right) brings his Upsetters to the Woodlake Terrace on San Antonio’s east side for the first time for a concert with Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

1960
Ground is broken on the new outer loop north of the city (Loop 1604).

July 30 in San Antonio history…

1886
The ice for Travis Park was delayed for some time yesterday, owing to a cart breakdown. The band and visitors were grateful for its arrival, however late though it may have been.

1903
Numerous complaints have been received by the city clerk of the deep mud on the city’s thoroughfares.

1992
Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

May 6 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Grenet Alamo property is sold for $40,200 to Hugo & Schmeltzer.

1889
The Hugo & Schmeltzer property on Alamo Plaza is condemned by City Council.

1966
An artist’s concept of San Antonio’s proposed new $1,760,826 main library which will be located on tho still-to-be-developed Dolarosa Plaza was revealed for the first time today at a special meeting of the Library Board. The board also was shown the artist’s concept of the new $105,000 Southeast Library Branch to be located at 1023 Ada Street.

April 18 in San Antonio history

1886
Is it not time baseball was being played in this city? Where are the pitchers for celebrated league games who always come forward about this time of the year?

1947April 18
The San Antonio Register, the city’s African-American newspaper, celebrates on the front page Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers three days earlier.

1947
Mission Stadium and Ballpark opened and the first Texas league game was played there.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

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1886
Alamo Plaza has won the location of the new Grand Opera House. It is also a prominent and strong candidate for the site of the new government building.

1949
The new Texaco station at 2103 Broadway celebrates its Grand Opening with a display of the new Tucker and French Renault automobiles (right).

1981
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach is the featured speaker at St. Mary’s University’s third annual Free Enterprise Symposium in the Convention Center.  Staubach’s talk is entitled “Free Enterprise: The Opportunity to Excel.”  The annual symposium is held for business people as well as students to enhance their understanding of America’s economic system.

January 18 in San Antonio history…

1886
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.