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December 23 in San Antonio history…

1916
San Antonio’s Christmas this year is the most bounteous and prosperous in her history. It has been estimated that no less than $6 million has been spent for gifts, an increase of about 25 percent over previous banner years.

1941
The San Antonio Express praises the new Christmas lights on the “newly-beautified banks of [the] San Antonio River.”

1945
Christmas gift checks totaling approximately $6500 are being presented by the Continental Trailways Bus system to its 100 employees in San Antonio.  Amount of the checks was determined by length of service with the company.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1913
The State Department has instructed Ambassador to Spain Willard to obtain a copy of the original charter of San Antonio granted by King Ferdinand VI in 1773.

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The University of Texas defeats Oklahoma A&M, 14-6, in a game played at League Park here in San Antonio.

1975
The Ace in the Hole band, featuring singer George Strait, plays their first concert – just up the road at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

1916
San Antonians are looking forward to the tomorrow’s football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be played at League Park.

1939
Restoration on La Villita begun with O’Neil Ford as architect.

1980
Country-western group Alabama makes their first appearance in San Antonio at the Majestic Theater.  San Antonians evidently had not heard much about them because the crowd was estimated at between 100 and 200 people.

September 24 in San Antonio history…

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Jack Burke, manager of the Grand Opera House, announces that he has secured the state rights for Tom May’s Electro-Wonder scoreboard and folks that do not go east to watch the World Series will be afforded the opportunity to see each game played at the Grand Opera House on the latest improved scoreboard (right).

1977
At a northside restaurant, Hollywood actor Earl Holliman announces plans to open a dinner playhouse at the site of the defunct Hacienda Dinner Theater on Nov. 1.  “There are a lot of big stars who want to come to San Antonio. We are going to give them that opportunity – and give people here a chance to see them,” says Holliman.

1993
The enigmatic troubadour Willis Alan Ramsey plays a concert at Turtle Creek Country Club.

July 5 in San Antonio history…

1916
Local women welcomed troops en route to the border, serving ice cream, sandwiches and oranges to the tired, hot men.

1955
The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city’s public schools.

1989002
“Seinfeld” premieres on KMOL on a Wednesday night as “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” with the terse description – “A comedy.”  The second episode would not air until May 31, 1990.

February 14 in San Antonio history…

1916
Second lieutenant and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, stationed at Ft. Sam Houston,  proposes to Mamie Doud.  She accepts.

1923
San Antonio’s Klan #31 branch of the Ku Klux Klan donates $15 to Second Baptist Church, an African-American congregation, toward their expansion fundraising goal of $5,000.  Rev. I. H. Kelley is dismissed for accepting the money.

1982
The Irish now-supergroup U2 (right) makes their first appearance in San Antonio, playing at Cardi’s – a briefly renamed Randy’s Rodeo, promoting their current album “October.”  Tickets were $4. (Photo by Al Rendon)

February 13 in San Antonio history…

1913
On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

1916
In an effort to reduce accidents, all slow-moving traffic will be compelled to keep to the right-hand curb on downtown streets.  Buggies and wagons can’t compete with fast-moving autos.

1978
Mel Tillis performs at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1897
Col. Jim Bowie’s engagement ring, found in the old Veramendi Palace, and kept at Jim Rigby’s saloon, has been stolen, along with an old Spanish coin, kept beside it at the back of the bar.

1902
The new elevator for the county courthouse arrived in the city this morning from Louisville and is being unloaded to be put into place.

1916
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce officials are attempting to lure motion picture studios away from California and have them settle here. The movie producers reportedly are dissatisfied with California.

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.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

1916
San Antonians looked forward to the next day’s football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be held locally.

1918 – World War I
A dispatch has been received from Berlin that reports acceptance of President Wilson’s peace terms from earlier this week.  It is interpreted by officials that this does not mean the end of the war and it is expected that Germany will make a counterdemand.

1960
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy makes a campaign stop in San Antonio. Kennedy tells the crowd gathered in front of the Alamo, “In 1960, the cause of all mankind is the cause of all Americans.”