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July 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The draft begins and the first five men drafted from San Antonio are:  Andres Perez, John Martinez, W. A. Shacklett, Philip Best and Lawrence Abernathy

1923
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.

1969
San Antonio, as well as the rest of the world, is awestruck watching Americans land on the moon.

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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.

1917 – World War I
Representative Slayden has received communications from patriotic and charitably inclined citizens proposing to locate colonies of Belgians in Texas, where lands are cheap and fertile.  The Belgian minister responded today, saying, “Answering your friends’ inquiry, I have the honor to inform you that the Belgian government does not favor or endorse the exodus to foreign countries of its citizens.  As you certainly will understand, Belgium will need after the war is over all her able-bodied people to help to rebuild the ruins and the devastations which occurred during the great European conflict.  However, I appreciate the charitable initiative of your citizens.”

1956
“The Biggest Rock and Roll Show of 1956 comes to Municipal Auditorium, featuring Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters, Joe Turner, The Teen-agers, The Colts, The Teen Queens, Bo Diddley, Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters, The Flamingos, LaVern Baker, and Red Prysock & his Rock and Roll Orchestra.

February 27 in San Antonio history…

1795
Jose Antonio Navarro is born on this day in San Antonio.

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Edwin Booth, brother to John Wilkes, performs Richelieu and Hamlet at the Grand Opera House.  (Booth, dressed as Hamlet, right)

1947
“It’s A Wonderful Life” debuts at the Majestic Theater, two months and six days after its national premiere.

August 18 in San Antonio history…

1813
The Spanish royalist army under Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo is victorious at the Battle of Medina south of San Antonio. Gen. Arredondo’s forces enter San Antonio two days after the battle and inflict punishment on the civilian population. 700 of the citizens are imprisoned, eighteen die of suffocation out of 300 in one house; the remainder are shot.

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
Use of the San Antonio River as a water highway to the gulf complete with locks, docks, etc. has become a possibility of the not too distant future following agreement of the war department to conduct a survey.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

1874
The San Antonio Street Railway Company is chartered and inaugurated.

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

1940
When Homer Brooks, state secretary for the Communist Party, attempted to speak at a party rally in Haymarket Plaza, he was drowned out by the crowd singing The Eyes of Texas.

 

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.

1910
Much attention is given to the operation of automobiles in the new ordinance.  No greater speed than 15 miles per hour within the city limits is permitted.

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

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.

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.

1976
The Arsenal property is offered for sale by the Texas National Guard and advertised as such in the Wall Street Journal  on a sealed-bid basis.

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.

1944
Continental Airlines inaugurated the first commercial flight between San Antonio and El Paso.

February 21 in San Antonio history…

1860
Colonel Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant Colonel of 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrives at San Antonio to take charge of the Department of Texas.

1887
Staying one step ahead of the law, the Washington Theater closed its doors tonight to avoid being officially closed by the district attorney.

1909
Alderman Lockwood objects to the suggestion that Avenue C and River Avenue be changed to Broadway.

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.

1960
A $1,588,801 “partial” permit for construction of part of the new North Star Mall was issued today.  The permit covers about 230,000 square feet of building area for the mall to be built in the block bounded by San Pedro, Rector, McCullough and Loop 13.  Permit writers said additional permits will be taken out as other buildings are added to the shopping center.

1960
The San Antonio Youth Council of the NAACP sends out letters to six local businesses requesting that they desegregate their lunch counters.  Harry V. Burns, state youth director for the NAACP, says the plan is to work out a desegregation plan that everyone could observe at once, thus putting no one in the position of being first.  Burns indicated that unless Negroes are seated and served generally, they will plan at this Thursday’s meeting a series of sitdown campaigns in the manner of those conducted recently in other southern cities.