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December 30 in San Antonio history…

The Chapel at Incarnate Word College (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. finalizes the purchase of the San Antonio Express and News newspapers from Harte-Hanks

The #10 Oregon Ducks defeat the University of Texas in Alamo Bowl XXI, 30-7.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

A statue of the Virgin Mary was erected on the grounds of the Academy of Our Lady of the Lake.

Restoration on La Villita begun with O’Neil Ford as architect.

Eric Burdon & the Animals headline a show with Neal Ford & the Fanatics, The Kaleidoscope, Moving Sidewalks and The Band Ayd at Municipal Auditorium.

August 11 in San Antonio history…

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.

San Antonio’s largest and most expensive high school building should be ready for occupancy next September, announces school superintendent Thomas Portwood.  The school will be known as Highlands High School and will have facilities for seventh through twelfth grades.  The contract cost of the building is $2,289,126, making it the most expensive single project in San Antonio history.

The city’s housing and inspection department issued a permit for construction of a $1,040,000 motor hotel to be situated at Loop 13, San Pedro and Isom Rd.  It will be known as Ramada Inn Roadside Motel.

May 17 in San Antonio history…

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

A distillery on wheels was discovered by prohibition agents last night when they stopped a truck with a still operation on it and five gallons of whisky.  The owner said he did the bootlegging on the side to support his children.

The San Antonio Zoo receives a young African male lion from a private owner who was moving overseas and could not bring the cat with him.  The young lion was transported to San Antonio from Austin in an automobile, whose upholstery suffered considerably.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

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.

A plan for a “hemisfair” – a world’s fair for Latin American countries and the U.S. – was being considered today.  A chamber of commerce committee decided to probe the possibility of having such a fair in 1960.

The annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo “Cowboy Breakfast” moves from the Central Park Mall parking lot to Crossroads Mall.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

Boerne State Bank opens for business.  It is purchased by San Antonio’s National Bank of Commerce on February 7, 1986.  It is converted to a national bank under the name NBC Bank – Boerne on April 30, 1988.

All denominations will be able to hear Dr. Billy Graham, nationally known evangelist, when he speaks at the Municipal Auditorium Thursday evening, according to Dr. Perry F. Webb, local chairman.

The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

The Chapel at Incarnate Word (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

1915 Alamo_Plaza_pre_1935
The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed (right).  It will probably be opened to the public in early January as soon as all the furniture is installed.  The bandstand contains San Antonio’s first “comfort station” (public restroom). “The basement, in which the comfort station is located, has a tile floor and ample sewer connections for the purpose to which it will be devoted. One room will be fitted up with first-aid appliances and it is proposed to have a nurse there so that persons injured or overcome while downtown can be given temporary dressings or treatment.”

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.

December 18 in San Antonio history…

The first snow since 1902 fell in San Antonio today. Starting slowly in the morning, the flakes had fallen thickly enough by 1 p.m. to cover the ground. Children, although confined in school, refused to study.

San Antonio records 2.9 inches of snow.

Mayor Henry Cisneros presides at dedication ceremonies for the Paseo del Alamo pedestrian walkway linking the Alamo and the San Antonio River. The Hyatt Regency Hotel also holds an invitation-only grand opening party.


October 12 in San Antonio history…

A statue of the Virgin Mary was erected on the grounds of the Academy of Our Lady of the Lake.

San Antonians looked forward to the next day’s football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be played at League Park (right).

Country-western group Alabama makes their first appearance in San Antonio at the Majestic Theater.  San Antonians evidently had not heard much about them because the crowd was estimated at between 100 and 200 people.

September 25 in San Antonio history…

Boxer John L. Sullivan demands a crowd of 2,000 persons, and meals and accommodations in this city’s best hotel to put on a sparring exhibition here.

Radio station WOAI (“World Of Agricultural Information”) transmits its first radio broadcast. It is the third radio station in San Antonio (right).

Boxer Jack Dempsey is in town to box three local fighters in an exhibition fight to promote local boxing matches.  Dempsey boxes two rounds each with three successive opponents: Ray Neuman; Marty Cutler, who had “trained with five champions”; and Curtis “Tex” Meeks, “the big local cowhand.” Dempsey, barely breaking a sweat, “handle(d the) three husky men as though they were underfed children,” said the San Antonio Light.