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May 4 in San Antonio history…

1901
President McKinley is the first President to visit to San Antonio.  He delivers a speech in front of the Alamo.

1906
The city health board will distribute 10,000 pamphlets instructing parents how to care for infants during the hot summer months.

1956
The San Antonio Register reports on the recent removal of segregation signs from buses of the San Antonio Transit Company, saying, “Actually, although the signs had been in place until Wednesday, last week, segregation had not been enforced on city buses in a number of years.”

January 25 in San Antonio history…

1904
City Council approved Alderman Fentiman’s ordinance restricting speed of automobiles and bicycles in San Antonio’s city limits to 6 miles per hour.

1980
After many complaints, the statue of St. Anthony de Padua has been placed on a new pedestal along the Riverwalk.  The statue, a gift to the city from Portugal for Hemisfair, was removed from his original location near the Marriott hotel and carelessly laid upon a concrete slab without protection while construction was taking place in the area.

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The San Antonio Hard Rock Café (right) holds its grand opening celebration, featuring Cheap Trick and Selena y Los Dinos.

August 11 in San Antonio history…

1906
The school board has ruled that starting this fall, the high school course will be lengthened from three to four years.  The additional time is considered necessary to master the difficult courses.

1922
The second radio station in San Antonio, WCAR, begins broadcasting from 324 N. Navarro St.  It is later renamed KTSA (which stands for Kum TSan Antonio). (License date 5/9/22)

1939
Bexar County Commissioners Court in a special resolution passed this morning, censured the city of San Antonio for its “ill-advised” granting of a permit for a Communist Party meeting in the Municipal Auditorium.

May 17 in San Antonio history…

1887
Ignatius Coyle smashes the image of Saint Theresa at the Alamo Church and is arrested by Captain Tom Rife.

1906
The skating rink at Electric Park was opened to the public and the sport instantly was established as a favorite among young people.

1908
Before 500 friends of the institution, the cornerstone of Reinbolt Hall, new annex to St. Louis College, was laid today.  The site is one mile from the terminal of the West End car line.  Brother John Wolf presided.

 

February 28 in San Antonio history…

1892
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

1906
San Antonio’s old Spanish missions, long a major tourist attraction, are fast crumbling away. They are close to being nothing but piles of stone.

1983
Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

1906
Approximately 60 young ladies and girls employed at Finck’s cigar factory walked out on strike this morning. The girls, who make $8 a week quit because other girls were being hired for as little as $1.50 per week.

1968
A rare copy of a Mexican newspaper containing the earliest known official announcement of the fall of the Alamo is now on display at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library next to the Alamo. The newspaper dated March 21, 1836, was acquired from Maury A. Bromsen, a rare books and manuscripts dealer in Boston.

1970
Soul Brother #1, James Brown, performs at Freeman Coliseum.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

1906
The police today are all dressed in their new summerweight uniforms and hats and helmets.  They seem exalted that their days of sweltering in the heavy winter clothing are over.

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill spurned pleas from a veterans organization that oak trees planted in front of the old post office by Teddy Roosevelt not be chopped down.

2010
Rihanna and Ke$ha make their debut San Antonio appearances, along with Travie McCoy in a concert at the AT&T Center.

May 17 in San Antonio history…

1906
The skating rink at Electric Park was opened to the public and the sport instantly was established as a favorite among young people.

1918 – World War I
J. B. Carrington of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, was today advised by the War Department of the complete details for the removal of the quartermaster’s supply department from Fort Sam Houston to either St. Louis or New Orleans, instead of Houston.

1976
The Arsenal property is offered for sale by the Texas National Guard and advertised as such in the Wall Street Journal  on a sealed-bid basis.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

1906
Bids will be opened in the mayor’s office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

1918 – World War I
No darkening of the streets or show windows in stores along the parade route tonight will be required, according to the directors of the Fiesta Association.  “The more lights there are on the street the better the floats will show up and we are anxious that there be as much light as possible,” says B. R. Webb, president of the Fiesta Association.

1975
Playland Park features “Ride-A-Rama Fun Day” with discounted admission.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Maj. General Henry T. Allen, commander of Camp Travis, spoke today before the Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon at the St. Anthony Hotel, saying, “Lloyd George has made the statement and it has been published abroad and I suppose over here, that no great offensive, costly in lives, is to be made by the allies until the Americans are here in force.”

1945
Trinity University officials announced the school’s new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.

1956
San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.