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May 25 in San Antonio history…

1838
City limits fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.”

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Virginia “Ginny” Simms (right), actress and singer with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, is born in San Antonio.

1942
The little community of St. Hedwig, 18 miles Southeast of San Antonio, was hit by a twister that demolished roofs and windmills and brought hail that ruined crops.

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April 23 in San Antonio history…

1915
A gigantic advertising campaign launched the new Camel cigarette brand in San Antonio.

1925
Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson and her ousted governor husband arrived in San Antonio to see the Fiesta parades.

1979
Archbishop Francis Furey dies and is succeeded by Archbishop Patrick Flores.

January 22 in San Antonio history…

1915
A “deaf mute” who said, “that’s tough” when found guilty of vagrancy was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraud.

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The first Corvette in San Antonio is delivered to Smith Motor Sales (right).

1973
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

1908
Mechanic Prentice Newman has constructed an aeroplane which he will tow behind an auto to see if it will rise above the ground before a motor is built for it.

1915 Alamo_Plaza_pre_1935
The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed (right).  It will probably be opened to the public in early January as soon as all the furniture is installed.  The bandstand contains San Antonio’s first “comfort station” (public restroom). “The basement, in which the comfort station is located, has a tile floor and ample sewer connections for the purpose to which it will be devoted. One room will be fitted up with first-aid appliances and it is proposed to have a nurse there so that persons injured or overcome while downtown can be given temporary dressings or treatment.”

2010
The Milam Diner, a downtown fixture, closes after 79 years.

November 3 in San Antonio history…

1915
Buffalo Bill Cody brings his Wild West show to San Antonio in combination with the Sells-Floto Circus (right).

1916
Charlie Chaplin performs at the Strand Theater in his newest comedy “A Revue of 1916.”  This vaudeville theater, at 113 W. Houston Street, will later become a movie theater renamed the Prince Theater.

1918 – World War I
The government sales store of the Fort Sam Houston Station, which will be conducted by the quartermaster’s department to sell clothing to officers will be located at 216 West Commerce Street.  Lieutenant Harold Joske, son of Alexander Joske, will be in charge of the store.

August 31 in San Antonio history…

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The largest single piece of glass in the South is installed at Joske Bros.

1918 – World War I
John Ringling, circus owner, has proposed using African elephants in the reconstruction of France after the war due to the shortage of mules and horses.

1973
“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1962, premieres at the Central Park Fox theater.

August 28 in San Antonio history…

1875
Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson from Travis Park.

1915
A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.

1918
At the command of Brig. General Ryan, post commander at Ft. Sam Houston, officers of all units under his command have been ordered to grant passes to men of the Jewish faith, when requested, in order that they may attend devotional exercises on the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

1915 Alamo_Plaza_pre_1935
The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed (right).  It will probably be opened to the public in early January as soon as all the furniture is installed.  The bandstand contains San Antonio’s first “comfort station” (public restroom). “The basement, in which the comfort station is located, has a tile floor and ample sewer connections for the purpose to which it will be devoted. One room will be fitted up with first-aid appliances and it is proposed to have a nurse there so that persons injured or overcome while downtown can be given temporary dressings or treatment.”

1976
KONO radio holds “The Annual KONO Radio Drunkathon.”  KONO disc jockey Michael Black drinks than a half dozen one-ounce shots of hard liquor in the presence of a San Antonio police officer to illustrate how easy it is t o become legally intoxicated. He undertook the experiment as an example of what can happen to a drunk and why who drink New Year’s Eve shouldn’t drive.  After seven drinks, he is declared legally intoxicated and pulled off the air.  He took his own advice and was chauffeured home.

1983
The temperature drops to 9 degrees, a record low for the date.

December 27 in San Antonio history…

1915
Miss Katherine Stinson, one of the nation’s most proficient flyers has promised to make a night flight in this city soon.

1917 – World War I
Construction has started on an ordinance storehouse for storage of ammunition and other ordinance supplies for the troops at Fort Sam Houston.  The building is to be situated near the cavalry corral at the rear of the quadrangle building.  It will be of fire-proof construction, 50 x 100 feet  It will be completed within a month.

1985
Radio stations KONO and KITY are sold by Mission Broadcasting Co. to Dallas-based Duffy Broadcasting Co., ending 60 years of continuous ownership by the Roth family.

February 15 in San Antonio history…

1915
After four years of remodeling and widening, Soledad was opened from Commerce to Houston.

1949
A plan to air condition Municipal Auditorium as well as San Pedro Playhouse was revealed today by Mayor Callaghan by issuance of $200,000 in revenue bonds.

1988
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.