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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.

1945
While people took to the streets to celebrate Japan’s acceptance of surrender terms, effectively ending World War II, burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.

1984
The San Pedro Drive-In closes.
(photo by Jim Miller)

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August 3 in San Antonio history…

1905
Mrs. Anson Jones and Mrs. C. H. Hilby of Houston, president and secretary of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, today formally transferred to the state all the interests on the society in the Alamo.  All legal requirements are satisfactory and the mission will be in full possession of the state by September 1.

1948
Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there.

1968
The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos play an AFL preseason exhibition game in Alamo Stadium. The Chargers won, 6-3.

July 16 in San Antonio history…

1905
Mrs. L. M. Lyon of 717 East Euclid Avenue wins the $50 prize for writing the city creed in 100 words:
“I believe in San Antonio, my home; that whatsoever I I give unto her shall be returned to me tenfold.
I believe in her unique and picturesque setting, the romance and mystery of her historic mission; her riches on the earth, under the earth and in the air.
I believe in the efficiency of her institutions, her healthgiving climate, the dignity of her men and women and her genial western hospitality.
I believe in her business enterprises, the present and its opportunities, the future and its wonderful promises, and in the divine joy of living in San Antonio for you – and me.”

1934
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

1969
At 7:32 a.m. San Antonio time, Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida heading for the moon.  The launch is broadcast live all three networks beginning at 6 a.m. on KSAT Channel 12.

June 30 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library for children, which opened on June 25, is dedicated by her son, Will C. Sullivan.  The library was established by him and his brother, John, in honor of their mother who passed away last November.

1965
A San Antonio Light article reports on the new computer handling patient records at Brooke General Hospital.  The IBM 1440 computer required the construction of a special room and uses disk packs that store 3 million characters [3 Megabytes], or 4,000 patient records.  The system cost “less than $25,000.”

2002
A storm system dumps six inches of rain on the Hill Country and up to ten inches in various places around South Texas. The rain persists for three days and causes San Antonio’s worst flooding since 1998.

June 17 in San Antonio history…

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.

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Mayor C.K. Quin, accompanied by city officials and dignitaries, dedicates the new air-conditioning system in Joske’s one day before their semi-annual sale.  The ceremony is broadcast live over radio station KTSA and the scissors used to cut the ribbon are the same scissors used in the official opening of the Dallas Centennial Exposition.
“Not only should this new Air-Conditioning prove a convenience for our patrons these hot days, but it should be so invigorating and healthful for us who work in Joske’s—that better service to our customers is a certainty,” said J.H. Calvert, President.

1976
The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

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

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.