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August 9 in San Antonio history…

1898
The pictures of some of San Antonio’s prominent citizens will be shown in Riverside Park in the Edison picture machine, as well as others, among which is the Battleship Texas.

1902
A real estate deed was filed this morning for the conveyance of the old Andrews homestead on Dallas for the Physicians and Surgeons Hospitals for $11,000.

1917 – World War I
Governors of the various states today received notice from Provost Marshal General Crowder that the first one-third of the quota of 687,000 men drafted for service in the national army will be called to the colors September 1, and sent to training camps before September 5. More than 200,000 will be called into service in the first increment, bringing the country’s total military forces up to one million men.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

1944halff
Plans to convert the four-story Halff building (right) at 336 E. Commerce into an African-American hotel were thwarted when nearby residents protested before the city zoning board today in City Hall.  “I am [the] manager of the Cameo Theater, which has given the Negroes a modern theater and now I think our next step is to convert this vacant building into a clean, modern hotel.  The Negroes have been pushed around and had to live in ‘dumps’ for years.  The better class Negro is just as afraid to walk through the 400 and 500 block of East Commerce as the white folks are.  We want it cleaned up.” said Pinkie Smith. (photo courtesy of UTSA digital collections)

1970
What was billed as the first Mexican-American-sponsored fund-raising event for a Republican in Texas history was held at the Gunter Hotel last night for U.S. Senate candidate George H. W. Bush.

August 9 in San Antonio history…

1898
The pictures of some of San Antonio’s prominent citizens will be shown in Riverside Park in the Edison picture machine, as well as others, among which is the Battleship Texas.

1902
A real estate deed was filed this morning for the conveyance of the old Andrews homestead on Dallas for the Physicians and Surgeons Hospitals for $11,000.

1963hootenanny_1963
Mike Nesmith is the featured performer at a hootenanny held in La Villita Assembly Hall to raise money for the March of Dimes (right).  He would later find fame as one of The Monkees.

 

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
The fifth annual commencement exercises of St. Mary’s College took place at Beethoven Hall this morning.

1915
The St. Anthony Hotel opened its new roof garden with the Royal Hungarian Orchestra and the dancing of Fenner and Tolman.

1938
The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1897
Col. Jim Bowie’s engagement ring, found in the old Veramendi Palace, and kept at Jim Rigby’s saloon, has been stolen, along with an old Spanish coin, kept beside it at the back of the bar.

1902
First mention of a “horseless carriage” in the Express newspaper.  A Locomobile steamer makes an appearance in San Antonio.

19681968Feb2
Hemisfair Arena holds its grand opening with a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals.  Joining the two teams were Bob Hayes, “The World’s Fastest Human,” and a lineup of variety acts that performed before the game and during intermission.

 

July 8 in San Antonio history…

1902
The Congregation of Temple Beth-El is issued a permit to erect a synagogue on Travis St. to cost $35,000.

1956
Trustees of the San Antonio School District are expected to authorize the drawing of plans for a new Edison High School. The school is to have a capacity of 1,200 students.

1973
Frost Bros. introduces a charge card and a computerized billing system.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The London Telegraph reports that the Lord Mayor has opened a fund at the Mansion House for the relief of widows and orphans and dependent relatives of passengers who lost their lives on the steamship Lusitania.

1838
City limits fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.”

1902
Work began on the Carnegie Library today.  Work on the roof should be hardest part of a very hard job.

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Virginia “Ginny” Simms (right), actress and singer with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, is born in San Antonio.

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1902
First mention of a “horseless carriage” in the Express newspaper.  A Locomobile steamer makes an appearance in San Antonio.

19681968Feb2
Hemisfair Arena holds its grand opening with a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. Joining the two teams were Bob Hayes, “The World’s Fastest Human,” and a lineup of variety acts that performed before the game and during intermission.

1973
(Kenny) Loggins and (Jim) Messina perform at Municipal Auditorium.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

1902
Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Industrial School in Alabama, passed through the city this morning on his way to California.

1913
Brig. General Bliss ordered Miss Katherine Stinson to refrain from dangerous stunt flying while practicing at Ft. Sam Houston.

1963
Warren McVea, of Brackenridge High School, and Linus Baer, of crosstown rival Lee High School, were named to the 1963 Texas Sportswriters Association Class AAAA all-state team.

 

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1902
Carl Hilmar Guenther who built the Guenther mills in 1859, died at his residence at 205 Guenther Street.  He was born in Germany and came to the U.S. as a young man in 1848.

1914
A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater.

1969
Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena (right).