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July 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

1926
Mayor John W. Tobin decreed that all idlers and vagrants found in San Antonio would either be jailed or forced to go to work in the cotton fields of South Texas.

1946
San Antonio was one of the hot spots of the nation as the temperature soared to 102. There seemed to be no relief in sight for a few days.

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May 27 in San Antonio history…

1907
Albert Friedrich’s collection of animal horns is said to be the best in existence in point of freakishness. He has the only deer head with horns bearing 78 points.

1918
An attempt wil be made at Kelly Field during Decoration Day proceedings to catch a baseball thrown from an airplane and thus set a height record for catching dropped balls.  The record is now 555 feet.

1988
B.J. “Red” McCombs buys the San Antonio Spurs from Angelo Drossos for $47 million.  “I’m ecstatic,” says Mayor Henry Cisneros.  “The Spurs are in the hands of a San Antonian and that’s the most important thing.”

April 11 in San Antonio history…

1907
A new summer open air theater is to be built at Avenue E and Houston, diagonally across from the post office.

1957
The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

1980
The Budweiser Clydesdales come to San Antonio and will appear daily through April 15 at the Farmers Market in Market Square, except for April 12 when they will be in the Poteet Strawberry Parade.

April 5 in San Antonio history…

1907
After two years’ work on the building, the new Y. M. C. A. building is dedicated. Dr. M. J. Bliem, president, presides over the dedication ceremonies.

1956
The Bexar County [Freeman] Coliseum was desegregated on the order of the board of managers. An announcement declared that there would be no discrimination “based on race, color or creed of persons lawfully on the Coliseum premises.”

1984
San Antonio heavy metal favorites, Saxon (right), from England, and Accept, from Germany, play Convention Center Arena.

 

November 21 in San Antonio history…

1907
Bernice Lecompte, age 11, becomes the first San Antonio death attributed to an automobile after being struck at the corner of San Pedro and Elmira streets by a vehicle driven by W.B. Smith, the chauffeur of G.A.C. Halff.

1963
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are in San Antonio to dedicate the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He is assassinated in Dallas the following day.

1973
Adela Navarro of the Texas Hispanic-American History Institute urged SADA commissioners to remove the statue of Ben Milam from Milam Park and restore the name to “El Campo Santo” and said that allowing commercial activity at the park would be a “desecration” to the people buried there.

September 5 in San Antonio history…

1907
Today was house cleaning day at the Grand Opera House but without benefit of broom or dust pan. The work is done by a small nozzle at the end of a long rubber hose. Dirt is drawn through the hose into two tanks. The device is called a vacuum cleaner.

1918 – World War I
The first game of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs is played in Comiskey Park in Chicago.  The series is played in September due to the “Work or Fight Law” shortened-season.  Despite this being the swan song of baseball until after the war, interest in the Series is down.  Pitchers for the first game are Babe Ruth for the Red Sox and “Hippo” Vaughn of Weatherford, Texas for the Cubs.  Boston wins, 1-0.

1993
George Strait holds his First Annual George Strait Country Music Festival in the Alamodome, featuring Brooks & Dunn, Lee Roy Parnell, Suzy Bogguss, McBride & the Ride, Delbert McClinton, Bobbie Cryner and, of course, George Strait.

April 3 in San Antonio history…

1907
Two 15-year-old girls were fined $5 apiece in police court on charges of fast driving in a rented horse and buggy.  Though they denied drinking, they admitted to consuming several bottles of soda water.

1918 – World War I
Thirteen pistols were in a suitcase found by Detective Louthian at the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway depot at 10:30 p.m. last night.  The guns were of .45 caliber and, according to detectives, were stolen from Camp Bullis near Leon Springs, early yesterday morning.  The weapons were turned over to military authorities this morning.  No arrest has been made in connection with the theft of the weapons.

1987
The mercury reaches an all-time low for the date of 31 degrees, the latest freeze in San Antonio history.  (Still a record 31 years later.)

July 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

1923
The newly installed electric street lamps in Alamo Heights lit up the town for the first time tonight when all 63 lights were turned on.  The new lighting system was installed at a cost to the San Antonio Public Service Company of between $1,500 and $1,600.  The city of Alamo Heights will pay an annual rental on each lamp.

1963
San Antonio banks let it be known Thursday they are willing to lend $4.5 million, the sum required to launch the HemisFair project.

December 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
Local toy dealers, heavily stocked for Christmas, have reassuringly reported that brutish Teddy bears have not replaced dolls as the object upon which little girls most like to shower their instinctive motherly love.  Doll sales are way up.

1927
San Antonio businessmen today met with city and county officials to launch a campaign to raise $500,000 by popular subscription so that a site for the new Air Corps flying center can be purchased outside San Antonio.

1953
San Antonio’s freeway engineer today charged the city planning department is attempting to force the state to follow an undesirable route on the Highway 87 freeway project.

 

December 2 in San Antonio history…

1907
It became clear this morning that the city intends to enforce its speeding ordinance.  C. R. Jones was fined $10 for exceeding the legal limit of 8 miles per hour.  Witnesses said the auto was positively going at least 17 miles an hour.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt.  He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

1989
Soundgarden brings Seattle grunge to San Antonio for the first time, when they play Club Oasis.  Bullet Lavolta opens the show.