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April 4 in San Antonio history…

1900
The Carnegie free library is to be located in this city, it was announced.

1934
San Antonio police announced today that they believe that Clyde Barrow and his notorious partners in crime have been in San Antonio in the last 24 hours.  A man who refused to reveal his identity told police he had positively seen Bonnie Parker driving a car on East Commerce street two days ago.  In the car with here, he said, was a man.  The informant was positive because he had known Miss Parker for many years in Dallas.

1968
San Antonians are shocked to learn of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

March 7 in San Antonio history…

1900
The musical wizard, the greatest pianist of the age, Ignace J. Paderewski, will play at 8:15 p.m. tonight at the Grand Opera House.

1954
Thurgood Marshall (right), NAACP’s chief counsel in the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, speaks at Second Baptist Church.

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

January 9 in San Antonio history…

1900
San Antonio has at last been placed on the list of Andrew Carnegie and will get $50,000 for a new library.

1950
An emergency contract for $35,575 to relieve fire-trap conditions at the San Antonio State Hospital, a situation considered too urgent to wait for legislative action, was let today at a meeting of the Board for State Hospitals and Special Schools. Gov. Allan Shivers earlier had pointed out that the recent disastrous mental hospital fire at Davenport, Iowa, costing 40 lives, might easily have happened at any one of our Texas institutions, the state hospitals at San Antonio, Abilene, Austin or Terrell.

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“The World of Star Trek” comes to the Convention Center Arena.  The convention features creator Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek pilot episode “The Cage” and the infamous Star Trek blooper reels.

January 8 in San Antonio history…

1900
In a brief telegram authorized by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, directed to Mrs. D. F. Ainsworth, president of the San Antonio Public Library; Mr. Carnegie offers to give the sum of $50,000 for the establishment of a library here, provided the city will supply an isolated site for a building and $5,000 yearly for the maintenance of the institution. The formal proposition embodying the conditions usually imposed by Mr. Carnegie in such cases has been forwarded by mail and may be expected soon.

1960
Construction begins on San Antonio’s first mall, North Star Mall, the fifth shopping mall in the nation.

1978
The English punk band, Sex Pistols, play a notorious gig at the country & western nightclub, Randy’s Rodeo – the third stop on a seven date U.S. tour.  The band starts off playing songs from “Never Mind the Bollocks,” released only three months earlier, but lead singer Johnny Rotten nearly incites a riot after insulting the C&W faction of the audience.  The band is pelted by beer cans and food and one audience member is hit by Sid Vicious’s bass guitar but the show continues.  The band would never tour the U.S. again.

April 23 in San Antonio history…

1900
At today’s meeting of the City Council, Alderman Barker introduced the following resolution, which was adopted (allowing the property donated by Caroline Kampmann to become the site for the new Carnegie Library):
That the deeds of Mrs. Kampmann, together with all papers, abstracts, stipulations and conditions on be referred to the city attorney to report at the next meeting of the city council to determine wherein the conditions of the Kampmann proposition are such as to properly safeguard the city in the future in the peaceable possession of the said property as library site.

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Dorian Leigh (right), arguably the world’s first supermodel, was born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker in San Antonio.

1979
Archbishop Francis Furey dies and is succeeded by Archbishop Patrick Flores.

April 4 in San Antonio history…

1900
The Carnegie free library is to be located in this city, it was announced.

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“Throngs of people” crowd the Winerich Motor Sales Company at Third and Broadway to see the brand new front-wheel drive Cord automobiles (right).

1947
The Foundation of Applied Research and Institute of Industrial Research, which had their start nearly six years ago through a grant of land from San Antonio oilman Thomas Slick, Jr., opened today as he deeded property and equipment worth over $200,000 to the organization.

February 8 in San Antonio history…

1900
Many leading citizens of San Antonio have suggested that the new Carnegie Library be placed in the center of Main Plaza or one of the other centrally located parks, like the City Hall and Market House are.  “As Travis Park is to have a Confederate monument at its center, Milam Square a monument in its center and Alamo Plaza some day a monument to the fallen heroes of the Alamo in its center, Main Plaza appears to be the only plaza left free for this purpose.” – San Antonio Light

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

1997
The Dixie Chicks play Cibolo Creek Country Club with the Patty David band opening.  This is their final San Antonio appearance in a small club before superstardom. The Chicks would begin recording their multi-platinum “Wide Open Spaces” album a month after this concert.  Their next San Antonio appearance would be in the Alamodome in 1999 as part of George Strait’s Country Music Festival.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

1900
Joske Brothers is dissolved when Albert Joske retires.  The store incorporates and becomes Joske Brothers Company with Alexander Joske as president and principal stockholder.

1968
Richard Nixon makes a campaign stop in San Antonio at Trinity University.

1986
Canadian rock trio Rush brings their “Power Windows Tour” (right) to the San Antonio Convention Center Arena.  The Steve Morse Band opens.

January 9 in San Antonio history…

1900
San Antonio has at last been placed on the list of Andrew Carnegie and will get $50,000 for a new library.

1971
Arleigh Templeton, president of UTSA, announces that the hours of the new university will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturdays “so the working kids and the housewives can go to school.”  The university is slated to open on Sept. 1, 1973 with an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 students.  Currently, San Antonio is the largest city in the nation without a state-sponsored university.

September 10 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
President Wilson has requested that Austria recall her ambassador, Dr. Constantin Theodor Dumba. Secreatary Lansing said today that the American government considers the sending of any communication in the manner which Dr. Dumba used to be an abuse of an American passport.

1900
After thirty hours of isolation, it is reported that 1,000 to 3,000 people are dead from the massive hurricane that struck Galveston.  Four thousand buildings are reported destroyed, scores of vessels in the harbor are wrecked, cisterns are polluted with seawater and the city is in total darkness.

1921
With a known death list of 37 that may total more than 200 when all the missing are accounted for, and with a property loss of near $5 million, San Antonio was suffering the worst flood in its history.

1962
KLRN Channel 9 begins broadcasting to serve the San Antonio and Austin public television markets.