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March 18 in San Antonio history….

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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.

October 30 in San Antonio history…

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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.

1938
Radio station KTSA broadcasts “Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre” featuring a radio drama of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” from 7 to 8 p.m.  Despite announcements before, during and after the program, some frightened radio listeners believe it is a real invasion of aliens from Mars.

1953
Work has begun on the installation of a 300-ton air conditioning system in the Frost bank building.  The building should be fully air conditioned by next June.  In addition to the main unit, 334 individual room air conditioning units will be installed.

June 27 in San Antonio history…

1912
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.

1963
San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to African-Americans.

1988
Lightning strikes steeple of Hot Wells bathhouse causing extensive fire damage for the fourth time.

March 18 in San Antonio history…

1909
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.

1912
A boiler explosion at the roundhouse of the Southern Pacific Railway kills 26 people and injures 40.

1965
Peter, Paul & Mary play at concert at Sams Memorial Center at Trinity University.

February 9 in San Antonio history…

1912
”Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a fire next door. There’s no danger and I want all of you to file out just as orderly and quietly as possible.” When A. W. Nelson. manager of the Liberty Theater on East Houston Street made this announcement to a crowded house,, the audience seemed to rise simultaneously but all got out without as much as a scratch and the operator of the moving picture machine kept the pictures going on the screen until the last patron had cleared the front entrance.

1958
Airman Donald Farrell is sealed in a cramped steel chamber at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph AFB, to simulate a space flight. The air pressure is half of what it is at sea level and Airman Farrell cannot stand up nor lie down. His test lasts for seven days.

1967
San Antonio  inventor Don P. Dixon of San Antonio, Texas filed and was ultimately granted a patent for the first air conditioning units specifically designed for the VW Beetle, which are soon offered by US dealerships.  He opens DPD Manufacturing at 504 E. Josephine to produce these units.

1995
Bernard Harris, Jr., a 1974 graduate of San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, becomes the first African-American to perform an EVA (spacewalk) during the second of his two flights aboard the Space Shuttle.

December 10 in San Antonio history…

1912
If you look out in the direction of Government Hill this afternoon you may be able to see one or two aeroplanes circling about the big wireless towers at Fort Sam Houston. Two expert aviators, with two Wright biplanes, arrived here late yesterday to go into winter quarters at Fort Sam Houston.

1912
The city’s first F. W. Woolworth store opens at the southwest corner of Alamo and Houston Streets. (right)

1996
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.

September 12 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Another zeppelin raid took place over the east coast of England last night but there were no casualties. German forces continue to make progress along the Western Front except in Galicia.

1884
The Lone Star Brewery is opened for business.

1912
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.

1954
Betty Hutton stars in “Satins and Spurs,” television’s first “color spectacular”, broadcast on WOAI from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  However, it fails so spectacularly that she announces her retirement from show business the following day.

June 27 in San Antonio history…

1912
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.

1963
San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to African-Americans.

1985
The Majestic Theater features a concert with Johnny Winter, his brother, Edgar, and Gregg Allman.

1988
Lightning strikes the steeple of Hot Wells bathhouse causing extensive fire damage for the fourth time.

 

June 19 in San Antonio history…

1912
A minimum temperature of 59 degrees was recorded at 7 o’clock this morning by the government thermometer in the Hicks Bidg. This was cooler than it has been in June since 1903. (This is still the record low.)

1954
After six Negro boys go swimming in Woodlawn Pool, the San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years.  To add insult to such a despicable action, the law takes effect on “Juneteenth,” the 89th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.

1965
The San Antonio Light reports that the city and county health departments will be merged into a temporary health district preparatory to the creation of a countywide health district which would seek participation – and financial support – from the other 19 incorporated cities in Bexar County.

May 30 in San Antonio history…

1905
A steel cable in the City Hall bell tower broke, dropping a 700-pound weight through the building to the second floor.

1912
The old Dullnig water tower, a landmark since 1884, is being torn down.  The structure towers 130 feet above the river bank just behind the Chandler building on Losoya St.

1999
The “KJ97 Street Dance” featuring Wade Hayes, The Kinleys, Danny Lee, Gary P. Nunn, Paula Nelson and Rodney Hayden is held at Floore Country Store in Helotes.