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June 3 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library for children, located in the home of the Oblate Fathers on St. Mary’s Street, opens to patrons.  The library was established by John and William Sullivan in honor of their mother who passed away last November.

19541954
Color television arrived in San Antonio today but it will be some time before the average person will be able to afford and enjoy it in his home.  The first color TV programs were broadcast by WOAI – the “Today” show from 6 to 8 a.m. and “Home” from 9 to 10 a.m.  For the present time, no color programs in color will originate locally.  The programs were available for viewing in color at the Wolff & Marx department store on a handmade television with a 14-inch screen.

1965
San Antonian Ed White becomes the first astronaut to “walk” in space when he opens the hatch of his Gemini 4 capsule and floats outside.

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January 11 in San Antonio history…

1905
The San Antonio Drug Company buys the mammoth A.B. Frank Co. building on Commerce Street.

1927
San Antonio women have taken exception to a local pastor’s warning to young men that country girls are the only sure marriage bets. The women did agree, however, that a good wife is a modest and virtuous work of God.

1957
Eighty county jail prisoners, objecting that their breakfast toast was toasted only on one side, staged an hour-long demonstration. Sheriff Owen Kilday quelled the disturbance quickly.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1885
The county is again being allowed to run jail sewerage into the San Pedro creek.

1890
The street car company is disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals have already been sold for $45 each.

1905
Factories along the river have been dumping waste oil. This will kill fish in the river, it was feared.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Empire Theatre is remodeled and opens as the Majestic Theater today.  Featured entertainment includes Thomas J. Keogh, Josephine Jacoby and the Edison Kinetograph of the London Steeplechase.  (Neither of these are the current Empire and Majestic theaters.)

1918
Thousands of people crowded the sidewalks of the main streets of the city this afternoon to see San Antonio’s United War Work and Victory parade.  In order that everyone would have an opportunity to see the biggest parade the city has known, Mayor Bell declared a half-holiday today beginning at noon.

1981
Country stars Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle perform together in Convention Center Arena.

August 15 in San Antonio history…

1905
An ordinance was adopted by the city council wherein the city disclaimed any right, title or interest in the Alamo property.  The mayor was authorized to execute a quitclaim deed to Miss Clara Driscoll.

1918 – World War I
A patriotic program for the opening of the recently erected Knights of Columbus Hall at Camp Stanley has been prepared for this evening.  The festivities will include presentations by the 304th Cavalry Band and an address by Jay Elmer Fox, Director Field Service, Knights of Columbus, Southern Department.

1947
Playland Park introduces the new “Rocket” rollercoaster.

 

June 25 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library is dedicated at St. Mary’s Church by her son, Will C. Sullivan.

1918 – World War I
Automobiles from Kelly Field will, in the future, be decorated with the insignia of the aviation corps, the red, blue and white concentric circles that are used on the American planes (right).  They will also carry the designation “Air Service Section.”

1998
Christie’s , the longtime San Antonio seafood restaurant that first opened its doors in 1942, closes for good.

June 17 in San Antonio history…

1886
Men were prohibited from smoking in street cars while occupying front seats, but women were permitted to smoke anywhere in the car.

1905
Fred Tolle, proprietor of the Stock Exchange saloon on Dolorosa street, and his phonograph are defendants in an injunction suit issued today by Fred Terrell and Sarah Hickman, owners of the Southern Hotel.    They claim that the phonograph “talks from early morning to late at night, or sings and whistles, rings bells, gives long band concerts” and reproduces the arrival and departures of passenger trains, causing disturbances to their hotel patrons.

1918 – World War I
Eight thousand men, including whites, Mexicans and negroes were taken to the Central Police Station beginning at 7 o’clock p.m. by agents of the Department of Justice, Deputy Sheriffs and officers and members of the Intelligence Department.  Of this number, 325 were held as slackers in evading military service.

January 24 in San Antonio history…

1905
The State Legislature passed a bill to purchase the Alamo for a historic shrine for $65,000.

1918 – World War I
Garments furnished by the Red Cross may now be worn by soldiers and officers without fear of violating the rules of Camp Travis.  The adjutant of the army has given out the following information:  “The wearing of woolen garments furnished by the Red  Cross, or by private individuals, is authorized when necessary on account of climatic conditions.  If the clothing furnished by the Government is not sufficient, the garments may also be worn.”

1938
Demolishing of the old markethouse on Market Plaza started today.  After the 37-year old structure is razed, construction will begin on a new $168,981 markethouse.  It will be one story of brick and concrete.

 

September 1 in San Antonio history…

1917
Miss Katherine Stinson’s Chicago-New York airplane flight lasted just 41 minutes today.  Miss Stinson, ambitious to break Ruth Law’s record for the flight, left the ground in Chicago at 5:09 a.m.  At Porter, Indiana, at 5:50 a.m., her engine malfunctioned and she volplaned.  She failed to see some telephone wires and her machine was damaged.  The aviatrix was unhurt.  After some repairs, she will try again next week.

1905
A deed was filed in the county clerk’s office this morning in which Clara Driscoll transferred the Alamo property to the State of Texas in consideration
of $65,000. The property is described as follows: The Hugo & Schmeltzer property, formerly a part of the old Alamo mission and adjoining the Alamo church property now owned by the state. The property Is bounded on the north by Houston street, east by the Alamo ditch, south by the Alamo
and Alamo plaza and west by Alamo plaza.

1957
Television station KONO (Channel 12) has completed all arrangements to put all the Cleveland Browns’ professional football games on the air in San Antonio this fall, according to Bob Roth, commercial manager. The first telecast of 11 Sunday afternoon games will be Sept. 29 when the Browns meet the champion New York Giants.

1980
Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year.  Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.

1986
The legal drinking age in Texas is raised from 19 to 21, resulting in the layoffs of 70 workers at the Lone Star Brewery and 25 workers at the Pearl Brewing Company.

June 30 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library for children, located in the home of the Oblate Fathers on St. Mary’s Street, opens to patrons.  The library was established by John and William Sullivan in honor of their mother who passed away last November.

1917 – World War I
The use of Temple Beth-El has again been tendered the Jewish troops as an educational and social center. Rabbi Samuel Marks, whose religious and social welfare work, among the Jewish troops has been extensive, visited Camp Wilson Thursday and extended a cordial invitation to Jewish soldiers to attend services at Temple Beth-El, and, through the courtesy of the commanding officer, a notice to that effect was posted on the camp bulletin
boards.

1960
J. H. Morse, executive vice president and general manager of Joske’s of Texas, sends a letter to Joseph Luter, the president of the San Antonio chapter of the NAACP which states: “[I] just thought you would like to know what we have done and what we hope to do in connection with desegregation at Joske’s.  On Thursday, June 23, we desegregated our Chuck Wagon luncheonette.  Since then, operation has been going alone without any incidents of any kind.  Meanwhile, our Camellia Room is still closed, except for private parties, also on a desegregated basis, but by arrangement so that we can properly schedule such parties.  It is our hope that over the near term we can reactivate our Camellia Room, also on a desegregated basis.”