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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.

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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.)

November 6 in San Antonio history…

1909
The 11th annual International Fair at San Antonio was opened today by Gov. T. M. Campbell.  The ceremony followed a big street parade viewed by thousands of spectators.

1917 – World War I
The first minute inspection of Camp Travis’ grounds and buildings by Major General Henry T. Allen, division commander, and members of his staff, was made this morning.  They found the camp was deserving of the commendatory remarks passed by civilian visitors, who have been struck by its cleanliness.

1975
KISS and Mott the Hoople perform at Municipal Auditorium

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1909
President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1917 – World War I
Striking airplane posters by J. Paul Verees, showing the American war plane in flight with its blue star marking, have been received at the departmental aeronautical office at Ft. Sam Houston.  As a result of this campaign, it is expected that men will begin to come into Kelly Field by the thousands within the next few weeks.  “Join the air service and serve in France” is the inscription on the poster.

1982
George Bush speaks at Laurie Auditorium.

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.

1917 – World War I
A conference of county and city authorities was held today to determine what course of action to pursue with reference to the moral clean-up campaign demanded by Secretary of War Baker as a condition precedent to obtaining divisional training camps for San Antonio. It was unanimously agreed that whatever course of action may be desired by the government should and would have the fullest measure of co-operation by the joint action of the local authorities. Mayor Sa/n C. Bell was authorized to issue the formal statement to this effect. Notice to Property Owners. In order to show that this is not to be an empty promise it was understod that notices would be served Monday afternoon on persons owning property in the trans-San Pedro district, informing them that laws covering the rental of property for immoral purposes would be enforced* At the same time notices will be sent cut to men known to be operating gambling houses that they must cease doing so at4or.ee and that violation of this ordervwill be followed by raids and the destruction of gambling paraphernalia. A determined

1926
The Aztec Theatre opened promising “a totally new form of entertainment.”

April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1909
Two cornerstones are laid for the new First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Avenue D and Fourth Street.  The first stone set was the one that marked the date of the original church at Houston and Flores Street in 1860.  The other stone marks the beginning of the new structure that will cost nearly $90,000 and will be one of the finest edifices in the entire Southwest.

2016
The Spurs tie the 1985-86 Boston Celtics for the best home record in a season, going 40-1 with a 102-98 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

March 18 in San Antonio history….

1909cobb
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.)

1912
The explosion of a locomotive boiler at the roundhouse of the Southern Pacific Railway kills 26 and injures 40.

2005
UTSA plays their first baseball game at on-campus Roadrunner Field against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

1909
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.

1943bordelon
Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon (right), a graduate of Central Catholic High School,  is killed in action on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific.  Bordelon is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his “valorous and gallant conduct above and beyond the call of duty” in leading his men while seriously wounded.

1995
52 years after his death, the body of William J. Bordelon is returned to San Antonio and buried in the cemetery of Ft. Sam Houston.  The body lay in state in the Alamo since yesterday, flanked by Marine Honor Guards.  Bordelon is only the fifth person given this privilege.

October 24 in San Antonio history…

1909
Bexar County commissioners soon may be joyriding in an automobile. A. E. Staacke Automobile Co. has been awarded a contract to supply the county with a 1910 model seven-passenger, 40-horsepower Knox touring car for $3,350.

1916
There are exactly 202 names on the official ballot to be used in the November 7 general election in Bexar County.  The ballot is more than a yard in length and considerable time will be required in counting.  Joe S. Newton, clerk to the county commissioners, said no orders yet had been given for printing the ballot but that it will be done later this week or early next week.  This is to be done, he said, to allow from withdrawals from the ticket.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.