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April 27 in San Antonio history…

1914
The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

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The Texas Theater begins showing the sci-fi double feature of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Atomic Man (right).”

1979
During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from a parked motorhome. Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1914
Hundreds of extras stormed the walls in a movie reenactment of the Battle of the Alamo as throngs of San Antonians looked on from roofs of nearby buildings.  (This is the 1914 film “The Siege and Fall of the Alamo.”)

World War I – April 7, 1917
A young man who unknowingly sat on an American flag at a recruiting office this morning, found himself suddenly jerked to his feet by Chief Evans, who witnessed it.  The Light reported, “The astonished youth, ignorant of the great respect for the flag paid by sailors, received in silence a verbal lashing that impressed him with the fact that the nation’s ensign must be respected by all.”
“I didn’t know I was doing it,” was his explanation.  “I just sat down without looking to see what was on the chair.”

1966
In a 5-3 vote, City Council approves adding fluoride to the city’s water supply.  Anti-fluoridationist Stephen Harvasty vows to launch a campaign for a referendum.  A petition with at least 11,340 signatures would force the council to repeal the ordinance or force a referendum.

 

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1914
In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler, the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association, is murdered by his mistress, Hedda Burgemeister.

1948
A new city is born in the suburbs of San Antonio today.  Citizens in Balcones Heights voted by a lopsided margin of 25 to 3 for incorporation.

1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

1914
Lucky Strike model and Sweetheart of the Texas Centennial, Janice Jarratt (right), is born in San Antonio.

1940
Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

1949
Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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. Thousands more lined the streets to get a glimpse of our distinguished visitor.

1914
A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater.

1927
Charles A. Windus, 76 years of age, dies in the hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Mr. Windus had had an unusually varied military career. He fought in the Union Army at Petersburg, deserted the cavalry in 1868 and served a year of hard labor for it, and later won the Medal of Honor fighting the Kiowa at the Battle of the Little Wichita in 1870. In 1877 he acquired another dubious distinction while serving as deputy sheriff in Brackettville: while arresting four fugitives he shot and killed a Black Seminole named Adam Payne, one of several “Buffalo Soldiers” who had won the Medal of Honor serving as scouts for the U.S. Army. Thus, Windus became the only Medal of Honor recipient who ever killed another.

 

August 6 in San Antonio history…

1893
Concluding events of the jubilee celebration at St. Mary’s College were held on the college grounds. A concert, directed by H. Gaudin, was on the program.

1914
Two juveniles confessed to Probation Officer J. Ross Boles a plot to lure him to an abandoned shack where he would be dropped into a trap, triggering a fatal shotgun blast. Investigating, Boles found the shack and rigged shotgun just as the youths described them.

1955
A report that a cache of gold was buried in San Antonio failed to touch off a treasure hunt. The report was made in California by Miss Delores Vasquez, 67. She told reporters she learned of the gold when she was a nurse in Pancho Villa’s army.

July 16 in San Antonio history…

1899
John Keiser, who is engaged in classifying probate papers in the county clerk’s office, came to a package yesterday containing the papers of Davy Crockett.  First papers were filed July 12, 1837 and the estate was closed in 1857.

1914
Japanese Monument to The Heroes of the Alamo
Prof. Shigetaka Shiga, eminent Japanese author who composed a poem honoring Alamo dead, announced a September visit to San Antonio to erect a stone monument inscribed with his poem (right).

1953
Parade fanfare and visits by Gov. Shivers and Hollywood stars will mark the world premiere of “The Man From the Alamo” at the Majestic Theater.

 

June 10 in San Antonio history…

1914
Responding to a proclamation of Mayor Brown, thousands of San Antonians stopped their work for a citywide 10-minute session of swatting flies. Health officials promoted the campaign.

1955
Television station KCOR Channel 41 (now KWEX) takes to the airwaves as the country’s first Spanish language TV station.

1976
Last night, Saul Palacios, security guard at the Tower of the Americas, prevented a woman from being the third person to commit suicide by jumping from the top of the tower.  The first was in March 1970 and the second in August 1974.

May 8 in San Antonio history…

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The Right Reverend J.C. Neraz (right) was consecrated second bishop of San Antonio.

1914
County officials planned special ceremonies when the old Bexar County courthouse was demolished to allow widening of Soledad St. between Houston and Commerce.

1941
The deed to San Jose Mission is presented to the National Park Service during a ceremony held in the granary of the old mission.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

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World War I – 1915
Reports from the near east say that Serbia is in danger of being overrun by Austro-Hungarian forces from Bulgaria.

1914
Lucky Strike model and Sweetheart of the Texas Centennial, Janice Jarratt, is born in San Antonio.

1949
Bexar County Coliseum (now named for Joe & Harry Freeman) debuts with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

1973
Emmy award-winning actress Ann B. Davis (right) will help open the fifth annual Volksfest on Paseo del Rio at 5 p.m. tonight at the Commerce Street Bridge.  Currently appearing in ABC’s “The Brady Bunch,” Miss Davis will be in traditional German costume and will take a boat tour of the festival area.