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March 19 in San Antonio history…

The Council House Fight takes place in the building across San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.

Edward Rand purchases the de la Garza homestead for $200,000 for the future home of Rand Building (Wolff & Marx.)

The National Broadcasting Company announced today that orders have been placed with the Telephone Company for the completion of a microwave relay circuit to bring live television network shows direct to San Antonio on or around July 1st. That means that WOAI television viewers will be able to see and hear the Republican and Democratic National Conventions right from Chicago this July.

March 2 in San Antonio history..

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

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

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

February 13 in San Antonio history…

Work is progressing on a new aeroplane shed at Fort Sam Houston to house the new Wright aeroplane.

In an effort to reduce accidents, all slow-moving traffic will be compelled to keep to the right-hand curb on downtown streets.  Buggies and wagons can’t compete with fast-moving autos.

The public is invited to a reopening of the Jersey Lilly saloon at the Pearl Brewery on Valentine’s Day tomorrow.  Guests can avail themselves of a free glass of Pearl beer or other refreshments.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

Work of tearing down the old building where the Stowers Furniture Company’s new building is to be erected was begun yesterday. The building will be ready for occupancy next June.

The Western Star gambling house was razed today.  The two-story frame structure, founded 40 to 45 years ago as The Old Gray Mule, was one of the largest gambling houses in the city.

Weathermen issue a winter storm watch for San Antonio with low temperatures for tomorrow in the low 20’s and a 50% chance of snow.  Tomorrow’s high temperature is predicted to be only in the high 20’s.


December 20 in San Antonio history…

A new iron flagpole, 100 feet high and cast by Alamo Iron Works, will replace the wooden flagpole at the Upper Post at Ft. Sam Houston.  The price paid was $430.  The old wooden pole to be taken down is about seventy-five feet high and was reinforced with guy wires but it is considered dangerous.

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.”

The fire department begins purchasing all new vehicles in lime green paint instead of red.

October 17 in San Antonio history…

The first person in San Antonio to be arrested and charged with operating an automobile through the streets and making an unusually loud and unnecessary noise is J. L. Garry, a chauffeur.

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A storm system dumps a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights (right). It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.

Ground is broken for San Antonio’s new Toyota production plant.

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.)