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November 23 in San Antonio history…

1887
The San Antonio Power & Light Company begins operation.

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.”

1983
Omni/Vanir Joint Venture unveils the model for Fiesta Plaza, a $22 million retail center that will be the centerpiece of the Vista Verde South revitalization effort.

November 22 in San Antonio history…

1867
The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

1910staacke_22Nov1910
Staacke Bros. places a newspaper advertisement announcing a sale on all “vehicles” – meaning carriages. From this point on, they will sell automobiles only.

1989
Restauranteur Phil Romano sells his Macaroni Grill in Leon Springs to Chili’s Inc. for 152,000 shares of stock worth $5 million.

August 18 in San Antonio history…

1887
The first train into Comfort was the occasion of great rejoicing in that city and a brass band serenaded the town. The train men and citizens drank up 17 kegs of beer during the jollification.

1946
A crew from the city health department yesterday fogged the Chinese Sunken Garden basin, in preparation for the opera to be performed there.

1972
Trinity University ceases football scholarships.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

1887
The chapel at the Concepcion Mission, as repaired, is rededicated to our Lady of Lourdes by Bishop Neraz.

1940
Los Angeles Heights is the first suburb incorporated into the city.

1975Gene-Frenkel
Blue Öyster Cult makes their first appearance in San Antonio, between Bloodrock and headliner Trapeze, in the Municipal Auditorium.  Cowbell player Gene Frenkel (right) does not appear.

August 18 in San Antonio history…

1813
The republican forces of the Gutiérrez-Magee expedition under Gen. José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois are crushed by a  Spanish royalist army under Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo at the Battle of the Medina.  The battle, the bloodiest on Texas soil, takes place at a spot between the Atascosa and Medina rivers south of San Antonio.  So disastrous was la batalla del encinal de Medina that its battlefield has become lost, its “Green Flag” has remained largely unrecognized, and its participants have been generally unknown, unhonored, and unsung.

1887
The first train into Comfort was the occasion of great rejoicing in that city and a brass band serenaded the town. The train men and citizens drank up 17 kegs of beer during the jollification.

1986
In an incident that would dominate the headlines for months and  eventually be made into a TV movie, San Antonio Policeman Farrell Tucker shoots and kills fellow patrolman-turned-vigilante, Stephen Smith.

May 17 in San Antonio history…

1887
Ignatius Coyle smashes the image of Saint Theresa at the Alamo Church and is arrested by Captain Tom Rife.

1906
The skating rink at Electric Park was opened to the public and the sport instantly was established as a favorite among young people.

1908
Before 500 friends of the institution, the cornerstone of Reinbolt Hall, new annex to St. Louis College, was laid today.  The site is one mile from the terminal of the West End car line.  Brother John Wolf presided.

 

March 12 in San Antonio history…

1887
The first San Antonio & Aransas Pass train leaves San Antonio for Boerne. The trip takes three hours and a ticket costs 95 cents. The train returns to San Antonio the following day.

1902
The police report shows an average of 10 dogs a day have been killed for some time past as a result of the prevalent hydrophobia (rabies).

2015
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush terminates the 110-year custodianship of the Alamo by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

July 20 in San Antonio history…

1887
A drinking contest will take place tomorrow at the Berliner Concert Garden to show the prohibitionists that a man can drink 50 to 100 glasses of beer without becoming intoxicated.

1918 – World War I
German aviators have dropped a note into an American aviation camp confirming the death of Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of former President Theodore Roosevelt.  He was 24 years old.

1969
San Antonio, as well as the rest of the world, was awestruck watching Americans land on the moon.  The news also reports on a car accident on Martha’s Vineyard involving Ted Kennedy and his brother Robert’s secretary, Mary Jo Kopechne.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

1887
The chapel at the Concepcion Mission, as repaired, is rededicated to our Lady of Lourdes by Bishop Neraz.

1912
There is a possibility that the famous Scholz garden may be reestablished on a part of the property now occupied by the Wolff & Marx Co. when that firm’s lease expires.

1918 – World War I
Construction has been started on the Library at Kelly Field, this building being erected under the direction of the American Library Association.  It is stationed on the road to main headquarters Kelly No. 1, not far behind the post office building, off the Frio City Road.

December 5 in San Antonio history…

1887
Several bones and parts of a skeleton were plowed up from the federal courthouse site today.  They are believed to be part of the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1979
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Carlo Maria Giulini, performs in Laurie Auditorium.

1990
Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.