Blog Archives

February 14 in San Antonio history…

1896
Lovers of that delicious dish, chili con carne, may be slightly nauseated to learn that vendors of this delicacy on the plaza get their water from the ditch that runs in front of San Fernando Cathedral.

1916
Second lieutenant and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, stationed at Ft. Sam Houston,  proposes to Mamie Doud.  She accepts.

1933
Thieves who possibly came in the guise of worshipers took a crucifix two and one-half feet high, several glasses, and altar candles from the Shrine of the Little Flower, located at Kentucky Avenue and Zarzamora Street, it was reported today.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

1916lgo_ncaa_texas_longhorns
The University of Texas defeats Oklahoma A&M, 14-6, in a game played at League Park here in San Antonio.

1945
Scores of San Antonians plan to be in Kerrville today to witness the hometown celebration accorded Admiral Nimitz. Thousands of others—stay-at-homes—planned to listen to the festivities broadcast over radio station WOAI.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1896
The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.

1917
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their home opener at Alamo Stadium against the Charlotte Hornets in front of 12,325 fans.  The Wings win, 27-10.  However, the WFL folds in October.

May 16 in San Antonio history…

1883
The State of Texas buys the Alamo for $20,000.

1896top_gun
The San Antonio Light reports that the Bronchos baseball team, in Sherman for a game, were not affected by the terrible cyclone that devastated the town yesterday.  It is hoped that the games, scheduled for yesterday and today in Sherman, will be moved to San Antonio’s Riverside Park to be played tomorrow and Monday.

1986
The movie “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, premieres at five San Antonio theaters.  The term “maverick” comes from Samuel A. Maverick, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence who refused to brand his cattle.  Maverick died in San Antonio on September 2, 1870 and is buried in City Cemetery #1.

May 5 in San Antonio history…

lights

1731
Mission Concepcion is established.

1884
Construction of the Maverick Bank building, at the corner of Alamo Plaza and Houston Street, is begun.

1896
The Mayor’s Office requests bids to light the city streets with arc electric lighting (right).

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1896
The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.

1917
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

1975>July 25 in San Antonio history...
The San Antonio Wings win their home opener, 27-10 over the Charlotte Hornets, in front of 12,325 fans at Alamo Stadium.  The league folds in October 1975, however.

February 8 in San Antonio history…

1868Feb. 8, 1868 002
Today’s edition of the San Antonio Express newspaper (right) features a photograph pasted to the front page of each copy.  The photograph, called a homeograph, is a reproduction of a line drawing entitled “Answer of the Germans to the Above”, referencing the article above the photo.  Both the line drawing and the homeograph are creations of Carl G. Von Iwonski of San Antonio.  This is arguably the first photograph to appear in a newspaper anywhere.

1896
F. A. Hamilton, one of the Wild West cow boys, who allowed his six-shooter to explode while in the parade on South Flores street, was promptly arrested by Officer Naas, and charged with discharging firearms in the city limits.

1968
TV’s Channel 12 is purchased by the Out Let Company of Providence, RI and changes call letters from KONO-TV to KSAT.

 

December 19 in San Antonio history…

1896
The San Antonio Y.M.C.A. football team is no match for Missouri, as the Tigers from the “Show-Me State” rolled to a 29 to 0 victory.  The victors play their next game tomorrow at Galveston. The Missouri boys were all favorably impressed with San Antonio and were well pleased with the hospitality shown them while here. They regretted that they could not stay in San Antonio longer.

1976
The Churchill Chargers whipped the Temple Wildcats, 10-0, yesterday at Memorial Stadium in Austin, giving the Alamo City its first Class 4A state title since Lee’s victory over Wichita Falls in the 1971 finals.

1981
A Southwestern Bell phone cable is accidentally severed by a CPS repair crew trying to remove a utility pole damaged by a car.  The outage affects 10,500 customers in the 73 exchange in the northwest part of the city and lasts for three days.

November 28 in San Antonio history…

1896
The San Antonio baseball club is organized.

1985pace
Karen Teresa Daidone is believed to be the first test tube baby born in San Antonio.

1994
San Antonio’s Pace Foods Ltd. is sold to Campbell Soup Company for $1.1 billion.  Campbell Soup is based in….   New Jersey?   Get a rope.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The seat of the Belgian government has moved to the French port of Havre.  It had previously moved from Brussels to Antwerp and then to Ostend.  King Albert, who is the head of the army and the minister of war both remain in Ostend.

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, contianing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

1966strait
The City Council today passed a resolution setting a public hearing on the proposal for the city to participate in the financing of a $5.75 million “Tower of the Americas” on the HemisFair site.

1975
The Ace in the Hole band, featuring singer George Strait, plays their first concert – just up the road at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos.