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June 4 in San Antonio history…

1909
Orders have been issued changing the name of Aue, a station on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, to Leon Springs.

1926
The Aztec Theatre opened promising “a surprisingly different entertainment.”

1968
Hemisfair celebrates “Ed White Day,” to commemorate the life of San Antonio astronaut Edward White Jr., killed in the Apollo I fire.  Mrs. White and her children, Bonnie and Eddie, participate in a ceremony and are given Hemisfair souvenirs.

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April 28 in San Antonio history…

1909
Boerne Mayor J. Willke fines an individual $5 for exceeding the speed limit in the City of Boerne. Apparently, the speed limit on Main Street at that time was 15 miles per hour.

1935
A carnival ride in Milam Square collapses, injuring eight people.

1958San Antonio Express, 29 April 1953
Two tornadoes (later rated F3 and F4) strike Bexar County in the area of Helotes, killing two people and injuring twenty.

 

March 18 in San Antonio history…

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The Detroit Tigers come to San Antonio for a spring training exhibition game against St. Louis College.  Tigers star slugger, Ty Cobb, is fanned by 17-year-old student Melvin “Bert” Gallia.  The Tigers win the game however, 10-2.  (Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s University.  Gallia, back row, far left.  Cobb, center, in white.)

1913
G. A. Stowers Furniture Company’s “White Palace”, located at Main and Houston Streets, was opened this morning.

1995
Tejano superstar Selena plays her last San Antonio concert at Tejano Wave on Perrin-Beitel road.

January 4 in San Antonio history…

1909
The St. Anthony Hotel opened for business. After its 1936 expansion, it will become one of the first hotels in the world to get central air conditioning.

1947
After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl (right) is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

1947
John Lang Sinclair, alumnus of the University of Texas and author of “The Eyes of Texas,” dies and is buried in Alamo Masonic Cemetery.  Items relating to the life of John L. Sinclair may be found in the DRT Library on the Alamo grounds.

January 3 in San Antonio history…

1909
Prentice Newman, the San Antonio mechanic who invented the fourth aeroplane to be tried in this country, soared to a height of 70 feet above the ground yesterday.  The machine, towed by an automobile, crashed after the tow rope broke but Newman was uninjured.

1964
A month before their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the Beatles are shown on American television for the first time – on the Jack Paar Show at 9 p.m. on WOAI Channel 4.

1974
Gymnast Cathy Rigby (right) debuts as Peter Pan in a World Premiere engagement at Convention Center Arena.

January 2 in San Antonio history…

1909
Rather than have the children of the poor steal wood from the premises of the city hospital, Mayor Callaghan announced this morning that he would willing issue and order giving a quantity of wood to the needy.

1942
Sale of new passenger cars and trucks was prohibited throughout the U.S. today under government orders mobilizing the entire auto industry for war production.

1985
The Alamo City receives 2.4 inches of snow for the first time since January 1982 and the highest total since 3.1 inches on Feb. 22, 1966.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1909
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft’s first public speech in this city. Other thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

1918 – World War I
Mrs. Dorothy Delfraisse McCurdy, died last night at the home of her father, 615 Cherry Street, after a brief illness of pneumonia, the result of Influenza contracted while on duty as a special Red Cross nurse at the base hospital, Camp Travis.

1978
The first six K-mart stores in San Antonio, located in buildings formerly occupied by Globe stores, open on the same day.  H. E. Wilcox, western regional vice-president, says, “It’s highly unusual for a chain to open six stores in one day, as we did…  Chicago opened five K-mart stores in one day and that’s as close as we’ve come.”

April 26 in San Antonio history…

1909>November 20 in San Antonio history...
The new eight-story hotel (right) at Houston & St. Mary’s is christened “The Gunter” after Jot Gunter. It is planned to open in November.

1918 – World War I
Cadet Frank Countryman of Kelly Field made a speech in Honey Grove, Texas last night.  Near the end of the speech a little girl broke away from her parents, rushed up to Countryman, threw her arms around him and said she wanted to kiss him.  Countryman took up the child and kissed her and said, “I am fighting for a little girl just like this, and so are we all.”  People in the audience, with tears streaming down their faces, pledged $156,000 to the Liberty Loan.

1933
Carol Creighton Burnett is born in San Antonio, near W. Commerce and Rosillo streets to Ina Louise and Joseph Thomas Burnett.

January 4 in San Antonio history…

1909
The St. Anthony Hotel opens for business. After its 1936 expansion, it will become one of the first hotels in the world to get central air conditioning.

1918 – World War I
The city passes two ordinances regarding prostitution:  the first creates a city scavenger department, requiring a bond of $500 for all persons who “intend to engage in this work” and designating a mode of procedure.  The work is to be done under the direction of the health department and the charges for such service will be stabilized.  The second ordinance declares certain secret diseases contagious and infectious and requires all doctors treating persons affected by them to report these cases to the city health department.  It also prohibits the sale of patent medicines which are offered as cures for these diseases.

1947
After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl (right) is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

1909>November 20 in San Antonio history...
The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1917 – World War I 
A permanent military band of seventy-five pieces may enrich the musical life of San Antonio.  The plan has been developed, the nucleus of the organization has been formed at Kelly Field but approximately $4500 is needed for the maintenance of the band.

1970
Ground is broken on the new $31,993,000 Veteran’s Administration hospital in the South Texas Medical Center.  It is due to be completed by March 1, 1974.  (After the death of Audie Murphy on May 28, 1971, the hospital would be named the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in his honor.)