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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.

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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.)

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.”