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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.

1968
San Antonio Woolco stores offer San Antonio housewives the opportunity to trade-in their husbands. They offer 10 to 15 cents per pound of the husband’s weight toward the purchase of Whirlpool appliances.

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

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January 27 in San Antonio history…

1914
After two women prisoners sawed their way out of Bexar County Jail, Commissioners Court pledge to purchase stronger bars.

1987
“Aunt Susie,” a 30-year-old giraffe from Kenya, gave birth to a six-foot tall, 100 pound son at the San Antonio Zoo.

2009
The San Pedro Manor apartments are consumed by a three-alarm raging inferno. (below)

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1914
The University of Texas is trying to schedule a Thanksgiving Day game next fall with Notre Dame.  If Notre Dame accepts, it is fairly certain that the Longhorns will play Haskell in San Antonio sometime in the two weeks before Thanksgiving.

1939
J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing criticism of Pompeo Coppini’s Alamo cenotaph and commented: “There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo.”

1985
Trinity University has “A Conversation with Cary Grant” at Laurie Auditorium.  It is Mr. Grant’s last visit to the Alamo City.  He passed away prior to a similar show in Davenport, Iowa on November 29, 1986.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

1914
The Braender Bulldog (right), the famous race car driven by Billy Chandler in the recent Indianapolis 500 auto race, is on display in the Gunter Hotel.

1918 – World War I
Construction on the $237,420 additional improvement to the base hospital at Fort Sam Houston was begun this morning.

1993
The first college football game is played in the Alamodome.  Texas defeats SMU, 37-10.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

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

1918 – World War I
Deaths from pneumonia continue to be reported from the base hospitals at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Travis.  From noon yesterday to this morning, seven deaths were reported from the Fort Sam Houston base hospital.

1978
Six new K-mart stores open in San Antonio today.  The stores are located at 7142 San Pedro Ave., 238 S.W. Military Drive, 315 S. Santa Rosa St., 4902 Frederickburg Rd., 8505 Broadway and 4343 W. Commerce. The six new K-marts are only part of an expansion of 1,400 K-marts worldwide.  (K-mart would close all their San Antonio locations in November 2002.)

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.

1918 – World War I
H. S. Reed, a farmer, was taken from his home near Edinburg, fifteen miles north of McAllen today.  He was badly beaten and shot through the shoulder for allegedly refusing to subscribe for Liberty Bonds.  Reed refuses to talk and his assailants are unknown to police officers.

1986
The first heart transplant in San Antonio was performed by a team of surgeons from Medical Center Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.

February 15 in San Antonio history…

1914
A portable radio station of the Marconi type, to be installed on horsedrawn vehicles, has been ordered for Fort Sam Houston.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light calls out its rival, the Express, for not printing a quote from Raymond Fosdick, Chairman of the War Camp Activities commission in yesterday’s paper.  Fosdick noted that while liquor and vice are problems in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, San Antonio has done a good job of cleaning up.  The quote omitted by the Express was:  “This legislation is very important and we hope it will be enacted. We have an ideal condition now at San Antonio. The visit here of Sheriff Tobin has been conducive of much good and he is doing fine work and is being aided by the co-operation of citizens; but we are having trouble at Houston and Fort Worth. Bootlegging is at the bottom of all vice in camps and once it is wiped out conditions will improve. I have no complaint as to San Antonio.”

1968hendrix
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix makes his first appearance in San Antonio, playing Municipal Auditorium.  Soft Machine, Neal Ford and the Fanatics & The Swiss Movement open the show.  Tickets are $4.00.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

1914
Eleven people, nine of which are children, drown when the San Antonio River floods after a torrential rain.  The house of Albert Liebe was washed from its foundation, resulting in the death of Mrs. Liebe and her infant child born just hours earlier, along with four other children: Henry, 14; Otilia, 8; Edna, 6; Edward, 4 and Mrs. August Liebe, Albert’s mother.

1917 – World War I
The circus bazaar and carnival being given by Alzafar Temple for the benefit of the Red Cross at Bowen’s Island, opened last night with a big crowd in attendance. The festivities were formally
inaugurated with a parade through the business section of the city that compared favorably with any circus pageant.

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San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

July 16 in San Antonio history…

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).

1917 – World War I
Local authorities believe that a rash of fires recently may have been started by German spies or sympathizers.  On July 10, a mysterious fire broke out in the plant of the Southern Macaroni Company, near the lower I. & G. N. Railroad yards. This concern has a contract to furnish the government with approximately 50,000 pounds of
macaroni. The night of the fire. The fire broke out in the midst of 9,500 pounds of the product which had been prepared and was scheduled to be delivered the following day. Investigation showed the lock of one of the doors had been sawed to gain an entrance to the place.

1983
Leslie Tillett was at a reception in San Antonio speaking to the “Friends of the Tillett Tapestry” about his creation, a 100 by 3 foot tapestry he created, depicting Cortes’s conquest of Mexico.  He was hoping to sell it for $200,000 as a “gift to the city.”  Ultimately, it was not purchased and went on display elsewhere.

May 1 in San Antonio history…

1718
Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

1914
Bexar County Medical Society passes a resolution asking for a law to protect bats in San Antonio. Dr. Charles A.R. Campbell has told the group bats were beneficial in eradicating malarial mosquitoes.

1917 – World War I
As soon as definite instructions are received from President Wilson, enrollment under the provisions of the selective conscription act will be under way in Texas.  Blank forms, enrollment lists and complete instructions are on the way from the War Department to the Sheriffs in every state in the Union, and these are to be distributed by the Sheriffs to the various voting precincts in their counties.