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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.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Rev. Ernest Houghton, a British rector, has started an appeal to the patriotic women of England to assist the lives of the “broken heroes” by marrying wounded soldiers.

1892
Early this morning, thousands thronged the sidewalks to view the Barnum & Bailey Circus parade. People of all classes, country and city folk, were there, even Sam Jones the preacher.

1916
The Barnum & Bailey Circus again returns to the Alamo City.

1956elvis_1956
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)

August 1 in San Antonio history…

1892
The telephone exchange switchboard was fired by the lightning last night during the storm, but was extinguished by the operators in fine style.

1895
The San Antonio division of the Southern Pacific Railroad was disbanded.

1945
The San Antonio Public Library purchases a rare first edition King James Bible and other rare books with money donated by the estate of Harry Hertzberg.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
The Imperial German government responds to President Wilson’s note of protest issued on May 13. It claims that the Lusitania was sunk due to the fact that it was carrying munitions of war as well as passengers.

1892
Tonight is the last night of the chili stands on Alamo Plaza. A chili con carne restaurant is to be established on one side of the plaza.

1965
The Alamo Heights class of 1965, including future RoboCop, Peter Weller, celebrates its commencement ceremony on the football field.  The class consists of 460 graduates and the previous commencement site of Sunken Gardens was deemed to be too small.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
German forces bombard Soissons and Reims Cathedral in France.

1892
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

1976
Just 24 hours after a 140-116 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Spurs get revenge in Convention Center Arena, 134-122.  Before the game, Nuggets coach Larry Brown is presented the ingredients for guacamole by Karen Cox of Deluxe Super Markets in response to his comment on Feb. 18 that all he liked “about San Antonio was guacamole salad.”

2007
Construction begins on the Main Plaza Redevelopment Project with the closing of Dwyer Ave.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

1892
Early this morning, thousands thronged the sidewalks to view the Barnum & Bailey Circus parade. People of all classes, country and city folk, were there, even Sam Jones the preacher.

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Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans (right).
(photo from the Oct. 15, 1956 edition of the San Antonio News)

1980
The Spurs kick off their season against their new division rival Kansas City Kings.  With the addition of the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA, the Spurs move from the Central Division of the Eastern Conference to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference.  The division also includes the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.