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December 10 in San Antonio history…

The city’s first F. W. Woolworth store opens at the southwest corner of Alamo and Houston Streets. (right)

On the 25th anniversary of the station, WOAI-TV changes their call letters to KMOL.

In a move widely criticized by Spurs fans, head coach Bob Hill is fired by general manager Gregg Popovich.   David Robinson, who played for the first time since Oct. 11, said he didn’t agree with Hill’s ouster.“But it’s not my decision to make,” said Robinson, now is playing for his seventh coach since 1989-90. “Bob and I never had any problems. I liked his love of winning. He was meticulous. He did a great job.” Popovich takes over as head coach and loses his first game, 93-76, to the Phoenix Suns.  The loss dropped the Spurs to 3-16 for the season.

October 30 in San Antonio history…

The Ringling Brothers’ circus comes to San Antonio for the first time, arriving on the I. & G. N. railroad.  The parade came down the streets at 9:30 this morning and the show commenced at 1:00 p.m. in the seven-pole big top tent on the fair grounds.

A tragic fire at St. John’s Orphans Home (right), on the corner of San Saba and W. Houston Street, kills six nuns and three orphans.

San Antonio river barges began full-circle tours of the Paseo del Rio loop today.  At a cost of $355,000, a Tainter gate was placed in the main channel, permitting access to the full loop.  Mayor Cockrell officiated at the ceremony opening the loop to river traffic.

September 12 in San Antonio history…

The Lone Star Brewery is opened for business.

The project to widen Commerce Street is begun. During the four year widening project on Commerce Street many buildings were either totally demolished or lost several yards of their original structure. The new five story Alamo National Bank building, was physically raised and moved back while work continued uninterrupted within it. With the movement of the bank building the entire project came to almost $1.5 Million. This is the equivalent to around $21 Million in today’s money. The city took pride in the transformation being undertaken to keep San Antonio as the number one city in Texas.

The first McDonald’s restaurant opens in San Antonio at 1330 S. Laredo St. (right).

June 28 in San Antonio history…

Within a few days it will be possible to tell the time by looking at the clock in the tower of the city hall. The machinery has been repaired and work was begun today painting the four faces.

Architect Robert H. H. Hugman meets with with Mayor Chambers, two city commissioners, a group of property owners, and other civic leaders and began his presentation on river beautification entitled “Shops of Aragon and Romula.”  The plan, which would become the San Antonio Riverwalk, was based on old world cities in Spain and France.

The Trail Drive-in theater at Military and Roosevelt opens.


May 13 in San Antonio history…

Setting a precedent for future celebrations of the same nature, more than 200 San Antonians gathered Sunday afternoon at the YMCA to celebrate the day that had been set aside in honor of “the best mother in the world, your mother.”

A new “aerial welcome mat” goes up at Winburn Field (right).  The sign was constructed by William Steinhardt of Mission Airplane Services, distributors of the Ryan monoplane and Monocoupe.  Stinson Field was renamed for San Antonio Light reporter Bill Winburn, who was killed in a plane crash, in October 1927.

Complete to the last blade of grass,  San Antonio’s newly constructed open-air theater on the San Antonio River behind the public library, has been pronounced ready for service today by officials of the river beautification project.



December 10 in San Antonio history…

The city’s first F.W. Woolworth & Co. store opens at the corner of  Houston & Alamo streets (right).

Savoy Brown, Atomic Rooster and Chicken Shack play a concert in Municipal Auditorium.

On the 25th anniversary of the station, WOAI-TV changes their call letters to KMOL.

November 2 in San Antonio history…

The first game of baseball is played in San Antonio.

With bands playing, flags flying and spangles glittering, the Sells-Floto Circus parade, last of the season, passed through the streets this morning, fire in their every movement.

1918 – World War I
The Austro-Hungarian monarchy is no more.  The country is splitting up into a number of independent states and revolutionists everywhere have the upper hand.  The revolts, however, are proceeding with little, if any, bloodshed but with considerable property losses for the Germans and Magyars.

October 10 in San Antonio history…

Butter Krust bread is first placed on the market by Richter’s Steam Bakery. (right)

1918 – World War I
Five deaths from broncho-pneumonia following influenza were reported at Camp Travis for the 24 hours ending at 8 o’clock this morning.  A total of 736 new influenza cases developed at the camp within the last 24 hours and 160 of pneumonia as a combination from influenza were reported.  This brings the total number of pneumonia cases at the camp to 467 since the disease started.

National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first automatic teller machine (ATM).

June 30 in San Antonio history…

Hugo & Schmeltzer’s at 613-615 Commerce Street closes.

The eight-story Rand Building at Houston and Soledad streets, has been sold by the owner, Ed Rand, to Pablo Gonzales Garza, known as the corn-milling king of Mexico for a sum of $650,000.  This is the largest single real estate deal ever conducted for a San Antonio business property.

A storm system dumps six inches of rain on the Hill Country and up to ten inches in various places around South Texas. The rain persists for three days and causes San Antonio’s worst flooding since 1998.

June 27 in San Antonio history…

A contract for the removal of the old buildings on Alamo Plaza at the site of the new opera house was about to be let.

A new bunting flag was put up over the Alamo yesterday afternoon to replace the old cotton one which was tattered and torn. It has only been within the past few months that the Texas flag has waved over the Alamo. Heretofore, the United States flag was used.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the assassination of Czar Nicolas II of Russia by Bolsheviks is “confirmed.” (The Czar was not assassinated until July 17).