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May 14 in San Antonio history…

1716
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.

1896
The Gonzales Telephone company made connection with San Antonio today, over the wires of the Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph company.  The event was celebrated at the Telephone Exchange on Travis street.  Guests were invited to attach themselves to several receivers and transmitters and when this was done the Seguin office was called and the charming operator there, Miss Kate Zorn, daughter of the mayor, was heard singing “Sweet Bunch of Daisies” as though she was close at hand.

1918 – World War I
James F. Atkins of Hubbard City, Texas, a flying cadet taking training at Kelly Field, is in the base hospital at Fort Sam Houston, suffering from injuries received in an airplane accident which occurred on the Pleasanton road Monday afternoon.  The cause of the accident is given in the report issued by the flying department, Kelly Field, as a tail spin from a height of 500 feet.

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April 28 in San Antonio history…

1896
The City Council declined to re-establish the chili stands on Alamo Plaza despite petitions from citizens.  Also, the council awarded the contract for putting a roof on the Alamo to D. Lehr for $285.  This does not include the replacing of dirt roofs on parts of the building.

1918 – World War I
More than 3,000 draftees from Texas and Oklahoma, vanguard of a force of 10,000 which is to be mobilized at Camp Travis within the next five days, passed through the receiving station yesterday.  The number is the greatest to report to the camp on a single day since its establishment more than seven months ago.

1960
Joske’s closes the Chuckwagon and Camelia Room restaurants when African-American customers ask for service there.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1896
The San Antonio City Council passes an ordinance making it “unlawful for any person to interfere in any manner with any other person or persons engaged in forming or proceeding with a procession or parade for legal purpose on the streets or plazas of San Antonio.”  The fine for violation is set for not more than twenty-five dollars.

1918 – World War I
Additional details of the plans of the government to erect a hospital at Kelly Field became known to the effect that the institution is to accommodate all fields in the Department of the South.

1980
The Federal Courthouse on Durango Street is renamed the John H. Wood, Jr. U. S. Courthouse in honor of slain U. S. District Judge John H. Wood who was assassinated in May 29, 1979.  U. S. Senator John Tower and U. S. Representative Tom Loeffler speak at the dedication ceremony in the courthouse rotunda.

April 5 in San Antonio history…

1896
A petition is being circulated to have the chile stands removed to Alamo Plaza.  The petition will be presented to City Council.

1918 – World War I
San Antonio has been asked to cancel the permits under which the chili and hamburger stands are allowed to operate here by Dr. C. H. Gardner, Major in the United States Public Health Service.  Mayor Bell and Commissioner Lambert held that as the chili stands of San Antonio have long been one of its picturesque features, he would not take such drastic action.  He suggested that instead of abolishing them, the city would arrange to assign the chili vendor stands either to Alamo or Market Plaza.

1949
The San Antonio Transit Co.  has accepted a bid from the junior college board of $142,500 for its San Pedro Ave. property, W. W. McAllister, board president, said today. The land will be used as a site for a new junior college. Formerly used by the transit company as a terminal, the property covers two city blocks.

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.

1966
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.

1971
A live rock concert, “Rex Foster with Don and Merrily” is broadcast from the KLRN studios and simulcast on radio stations KEXL in San Antonio and KHFI in Austin.  It is the first time that the stereo radio and television technique has been used in two cities at once.

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.

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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.

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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…

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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).