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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.

December 11 in San Antonio history…

1915
San Antonio’s first and only skating rink has been opened at what was formerly the Soledad Theater.

1921
Louis Santikos opens the Rialto Theater with “Camille” starring Rudolph Valentino and Nazimova.

1949
WOAI-TV hits the airwaves. It begins broadcasting at 4:45 p.m. and signs off at 8 p.m.  It is the first television station in San Antonio.

August 12 in San Antonio history…

1915
Police cars were equipped with sirens similar to those used by the fire department. They were to be used only while the cars were responding to emergency calls.

1922
The second radio station in San Antonio, WCAR, begins broadcasting from 324 N. Navarro St.  It is later renamed KTSA (which stands for Kum To San Antonio).

1932
The San Antonio postoffice band has accepted an invitation to entertain and be entertained at the Kendall County Fair. Postmaster P.G. Lucas has announced. John L. Meyer, director of the band, will be in charge.

June 26 in San Antonio history…

1915
The Soledad Roof outdoor movie theater opens “on the banks of the San Antonio River where cool breezes blow.”  Along with motion pictures – music, dancing and live entertainment is offered. The rooftop theater is located on top of the building that would later house Solo Serve downtown.

1963
Postmaster Dan Quill said the “master” number of the new ZIP code designations for San Antonio is 782.

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The San Antonio Spurs win their first NBA championship with a game five victory over the New York Knicks (right).

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
The fifth annual commencement exercises of St. Mary’s College took place at Beethoven Hall this morning.

1915
The St. Anthony Hotel opened its new roof garden with the Royal Hungarian Orchestra and the dancing of Fenner and Tolman.

1938
The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

February 5 in San Antonio history…

1858
New Braunfels Academy, the first free school in Texas, is chartered in neighboring Comal county. The charter provides that the school be governed by a board of six trustees, the mayor of New Braunfels, and the Comal county judge. It was supported by a city tax and tuition. New Braunfels is said to be the first city in Texas in which the citizens voted unanimously to impose a tax to support a school.

1877
The first passenger train leaves San Antonio bound for New York.  Military officers are aboard the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio train, nicknamed the “Sunset Route.”

1915
The Bexar County Medical Society voted to build a $20,000 structure for members’ offices.

January 23 in San Antonio history…

1915
San Antonio was icebound and San Angelo buried under five inches of snow as a surprise norther covered Texas.

1942
The Very Rev. Walter F. Golatka, S.M., president of St. Mary’s University, announces that the entire intercollegiate athletic program, including the remainder of this year’s basketball schedule, has been called off for the duration of the war. (1941 was the final season for St. Mary’s football.  It was not reinstated after the war.)

1971
Trinity University’s Earl C. Sams Memorial Center hosts the San Antonio Folk Music Festival, a 14-hour folk marathon beginning at 10 a.m.  Featured performers include Mance Lipscomb, Shane and Kitty, Eddie Shook, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kris Kristofferson, Higer Balm and the Threadgills.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

1906
The Chapel at Incarnate Word (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

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.”

1963
Warren McVea, of Brackenridge High School, and Linus Baer, of crosstown rival Lee High School, were named to the 1963 Texas Sportswriters Association Class AAAA all-state team.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
The German forces introduce phosgene gas (10 times toxicity of chlorine) against the British at Pilkem-Wieltje north of Ypres; 1,069 soldiers are gassed (120 dead), but no panic as hoped.

1968
The City Council agreed today to offer a part of the HemisFair site for the proposed four-year state university, The approval came on an 8-1 vote, the lone dissenter being Councilman Dr. Herbert Calderon, who called the proposal “most unrealistic.” Calderon said the amount of land available at the fair site is “totally inadequate and unrealistic.”

1999
Local entertainer, street performer and downtown fixture, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman, dies at age 76.

December 12 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
A break in relations between the United States and Austria appears imminent.  Also, relations with Germany remain strained over the recall of their ambassadors following the Lusitania incident.

1954
More than 5000 delegates, including 11 archbishops and bishops, convened in San Antonio today for the second Inter-American congress and eighth regional congress of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Congress headquarters is at the Gunter hotel and meetings are being held at the Gunter, St. Mary’s school. St. Mary’s university law school, Central Catholic High school and Providence High school.

1965
San Antonio police urged officials of Harlandale and McCollum High Schools today to admonish parents to help fight the wave of vandalism that has swept both schools. Detective Henry Zunker said student rivalry between the two schools has “gotten completely out of hand and must be stopped.”

1976
Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.