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April 10 in San Antonio history…

Nine nurses walked out of the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital on strike.  Among the nurses’ complaints is the frijol, hamburger and potatoes diet.

Photo courtesy of the UTSA Archives.

The San Antonio Express reports that a demolition permit is being sought to raze the art deco-style Laurel Theater at 2310 San Pedro Avenue in the Monte Vista Historical District. City staff said the owner, Barshop Enterprises, wants to clear the land and has no other site plans. The request will go to the Historic Review Board.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” bring their NPR “Car Talk” show to the Lila Cockrell Theater for a live broadcast.


March 2 in San Antonio history…

Texas declares independence from Mexico at Washington-On-The-Brazos.

1861 ordinance
The Ordinance of Secession (right), passed at the convention in Austin on February 1, goes into effect and Texas becomes a member of the Confederacy.  (original document held at the Texas State Library and Archives)  

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

The New York City Ballet performs in Texas for the first time in its 15-year history at Municipal Auditorium.  Sponsored by the Symphony Society of San Antonio, the program includes Mendelssohn’s “Scotch Symphony,” Prokofieff’s “Prodigal Son,” “Allegro Brilliante” by Tchaikovsky and “Stars and Stripes,” based on music by John Phillip Sousa.

February 22 in San Antonio history…

U.S. Marshal Hal Gosling of San Antonio is shot to death by a bandit on a train south of New Braunfels.

The San Antonio City Brewery will shortly put on the market their excellent XXX Pearl beer.  Orders are in already for the first output.

Louis Paulhan, “King of the Air,” flew his aeroplane over the city today.  He attained an altitude of 2,500 feet flying from Kirby to San Antonio and return, a distance of 18 miles in 21 minutes.
[This was the first airplane flight in Texas.  Benjamin Foulois made the second, and the first military flight, on March 2, 1910]

January 10 in San Antonio history…

Food products in the city have been undergoing scrutiny of state pure food inspectors. Taft whisky, alcohol flavored and colored with tobacco, has been confiscated.

“Hertzberg Day,” honoring Harry Hertzberg, the senator-elect from the Twenty-fourth District, is observed by the San Antonio Rotary Club.

San Antonio’s second television station, KEYL, goes on the air with its first test pattern (right) , broadcasting on Channel 5, at noon today. Regular programming began on February 1. The station is operated by the San Antonio Television Company.   (KEYL will later change its call letters to KENS.)

December 20 In San Antonio history…

Emma Abbott is featured at the grand opening of the Grand Opera House on Alamo Plaza (right).  The Grand Opera House (later Grand Theatre) was built in 1886 and for many years was the best theatre in San Antonio. It was located at 303 Alamo Plaza. It stayed in business until the 1930′s when it closed. The Grand was razed in 1954 to make way for H. L. Green Dept. Store.

1910Yes, Virginia
The San Antonio Light and Gazette reprints Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter (right) that originally appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.  “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Santikos multiplex Palladium 20-screen & IMAX theater holds soft opening.

November 22 in San Antonio history…

The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

Staacke Bros. places a newspaper advertisement announcing a sale on all “vehicles” – meaning carriages. From this point on, they will sell automobiles only.

Little Hipp’s Gimmedraw Parlor closes after 42 years of serving up funky atmosphere, oversized burgers and tater tots.

March 2 in San Antonio history…

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

1918 – World War I
Daily noon church services are being held in the Majestic Theater. (Not the current Majestic Theater.) “Only penitence, sacrifice and prayer can win the war.”

After the three-alarm fire that devastated their 311 W. Commerce location,  longtime men’s clothiers Penner’s reopens as a temporary store in the Frost Bank Building, just down the street thanks to a telephone call from board chairman Tom Frost.  “I might as well call it a donation,” say Max Penner of the temporary location, for which he says he is paying only a “token” rent.  “We can never forget him.”

January 27 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1918
President Wilson issues a proclamation putting the nation on war rations.  He called for observance of two wheatless days, Monday and Wednesday, one wheatless and one meatless meal daily, meatless Tuesday and porkless Saturday. Simultaneously the food administration announced its new “victory bread” to contain 20 per cent of cereals other than wheat, after February 24. It also announced Tuesday would be a porkless day in addition to Saturday.

The construction of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is completed.

A petition is being circulated in which citizens pledge not to eat meat for 30 days in order to reduce prices.  One man said: “A year ago, 20 cents worth of meat would keep my whole family going all day, but now it costs 40 cents.”

Two wrought iron signs bearing the inscription Arneson River Theater have been placed on the San Antonio River beautification project, J. A. Hazelrigg, manager of the WPA in the San Antonio district, reported today. Made by the WPA crafts project, one of the signs is six feet long with lettering eight inches in height. This sign has been placed over the archway entrance to the river beautification project at the La Villita entrance. The second sign, 10 to 20 inches in size, has been placed on the theater building.

January 25 in San Antonio history…

Word has been received form Washington that President Taft will be asked to promote Col. John L. Clem to Brigadier General.  Clem, who is at Fort Sam Houston, is known as “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.”

1918 – World War I
Two British officers, Maj. C. K. Rhinehardt and Capt. J. Phipps, who are stationed at Camp Taliaferro near Ft. Worth, were making a flight from Ft. Worth to San Antonio yesterday.  They had flown at a high altitude without mishap until a point east of Johnson City, when some of the struts under one of the wings broke.  The plane began to careen and the captain took the controls while the major substituted his body for the missing supports in such a way that the machine could descend.  It landed without injury to either officer.

Ground is broken on the new 239,000 square-foot campus of Texas Military Institute located near Camp Bullis.  Scheduled to open in the fall of 1986, the 60-acre site will include a chapel, media center, computer center, classroom centers, athletic fields, a student center, a fieldhouse/gymnasium/natatorium, residence units for 150 boarders, a fine arts center with a 500-seat theater and administrative staff homes.

March 2 in San Antonio history…

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

Nearly 5,000 San Antonians witnessed the death of Mrs. Bertha Coffer Horchem when the plane she was flying in an aerial circus crashed at Municipal Flying Field.rush

Canadian rock trio Rush, with the Dutch opening act Golden Earring, draw a crowd of 13, 281 to the show in Hemisfair Arena.