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September 30 in San Antonio history…

1892
The new Maverick Building at Houston and Navarro is now completed and new stores are being established there.

1909
First burial permit for the new Mission Burial Park cemetery, seven miles from the city, on what was known as a portion of the old city sewer farm, was issued this morning by the city health office.

1960
The Southwest Texas Area Educational Television Council, with FCC approval in their hands, are preparing today to map plans for building and operating the first educational TV channel in the San Antonio-Austin area.  The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted the council permission to build the television station.  Plans call for Channel 9 to be on the air by January 1962.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

1892
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce receives its charter.

1957
San Antonio oilman Tom Slick was quoted from Katamandu, Nepal, as saying his exploring party had found three sets of mysterious tracks which he is convinced were made by the fabled “Abominable Snowman” of the Himalayas.

1991
Longtime album-oriented rock station 99.5 KISS changes formats and begins simulcasting the 50’s and 60’s oldies format of 930 KOOL AM.  Eight full-time and part-time disc jockeys are fired as a result.  Reaction from listeners is swift and harsh.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

1892
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

1906
San Antonio’s old Spanish missions, long a major tourist attraction, are fast crumbling away. They are close to being nothing but piles of stone.

1983
Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

1892
The cricket match between San Antonio and Kerrville was won by San Antonio today. The sun was hot.

1918 – World War I
It has now been definitely established that the plans of the War Department call for the reduction in the number of men assigned to Kelly Field and its final abandonment as a mobilization camp.  A recent memorandum states that Camp Greene in Charlotte, N.C. has been taken over by the aviation section of the Signal Corps for a mobilization camp and as rapidly as transportation can be secured, the troops at Kelly Field and Waco will be moved out.

1971
Elton John makes his first San Antonio appearance in Muncipal Auditorium.  Mark-Almond is opening act.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

1892
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that, yesterday, after establishing an altitude record of 22,000 feet in one of the new battle-planes being tested at Mineola, Long Island, Captain E. G. Chamberlain, a native San Antonian and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Chamberlain, fell 1500 feet to the ground when one of the wings of his flying machine broke.  By cool-headedness and skill, he escaped with only minor injuries.

1968
HemisFair is seen as a boost to the President’s “Discover America” program, according to F.J. Mullins, senior vice president at American Airlines.  He said material on the fair is being placed in the seat pocket of every American flight.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

1892
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

World War I – February 28, 1917
President Wilson releases the contents of the Zimmerman Telegram for newspaper publication after 10:00 p.m.

1983
Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.

January 4 in San Antonio history…

1833
San Antonian William Tobin equaled William Tell’s achievement by shooting an apple off the cranium of Thomson Green of New York – a close friend.  The distance was thirty feet.

1892
The large advertising board on the bank of the river in Bowen’s Central Garden has fallen into the river and is obstructing the channel.

1947alamo_bowl
After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl (right) is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

 

March 16 in San Antonio history…

1892
The commissioners have resolved to give the proposed San Antonio court of appeals free courtrooms and a $25,000 law library from the people of Bexar.

1960
Six downtown stores and a city-wide drugstore integrate lunch counters and cafeterias.  These are:  Woolworth’s, Kress, Neisner’s, Green’s, McCrory Variety Stores and Sommers Drug stores.

1992
With its giant teeth and cutting wheels grinding a hole 27 feet wide, a 620-ton boring machine roared through the final 16 feet of shale today to complete the San Antonio River Tunnel.  When the inlet shaft near Josephine Street and the outlet shaft near Lone Star Brewery are finished in May 1993, the tunnel will be capable of saving downtown San Antonio from a so-called 100-year flood by routing floodwaters beneath the city.

March 7 in San Antonio history..

1892
The vegetable market was moved from Military Plaza to Milam Plaza today.

1936
The state was a step closer to the purchase of the remaining privately owned property on the Alamo block.

1955
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

1892
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

1946
Pioneer Flour Mills today began manufacture of a darker flour under a government order designed to help share short supplies of wheat with the hungry abroad.

1983
Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.