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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.

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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.”

September 29 in San Antonio history…

1916
City Council ordered preparation of an ordinance prohibiting the use of dazzling auto headlights in the city.

1918 – World War I
The “loyal citizens of Bexar County” are asked to fly the flag over their houses tomorrow and keep flying them during the Fourth Liberty Loan campaign “until Bexar County goes over the top in its quota.”

1957
Rubber hoses are back at the county jail and prisoners will get “belted” by them if they complain about the food, so says Sheriff Owen Kilday who says “civil rights or no—these whips are back to stay.”

September 9 in San Antonio history…

1916
After being officially known as “Camp Cecil A. Lyon” for a single week, the encampment of state troops on the Fort Sam Houston reservation is again “Camp Wilson” and will retain that name as long as it exists.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the proprietor of a large Houston street restaurant has been called by the Food Administration to explain violations of the rule that prohibits the serving of more than two ounces of wheat at one meal.  For example, if a sandwich is served, then pie cannot be served at the same meal.  However, if the bread is corn bread, then pie may be served as long as the total amount of wheat included in the bread and pie does not exceed two ounces.

2002
KMOL-TV restores their call letters to WOAI-TV, the original call letters from 1949 to 1975.

February 9 in San Antonio history…

1916
Miss Katherine Stinson made the first night aeroplane flight ever witnessed in San Antonio. She went up at 11 p.m. and looped-the-loop.

1917
A semi-circular excavation in the solid white rock west of Brackenridge Park has been held ideal for the construction of a Greek theater.  No better site exists for open air pageants, concerts and plays.

1918
The Gunter Hotel opens a “coffee room.”  The idea was developed to meet the growing need for a place where one can secure immediate service and food at moderate prices.  According to Manager Percy Tyrell, these “coffee rooms” are proving extremely popular in all the large hotels in the East.

 

November 5 in San Antonio history…

1857
The San Antonio Fire Company is established on this date, A. A. Lockwood, chief.

1916
Maj. B. D. Foulois predicted San Antonio was to become the greatest aviation center in the U.S.

1917 – World War I
Governor William P. Hobby will review the 90th Division, Camp Travis at 2 p.m., Friday, November 9, it was announced today, and following the review the governor and Mrs. Hobby will be the guests at an “army chow” dinner given by Maj. Gen. Henry T. Allen, division commander.

July 22 in San Antonio history…

1916
The newest thing in the Army is a motorcycle radio section. It consists of the complete equipment of a field wireless carried on three sidecar motorcycles.

1917 – World War I
More than sixty dollars in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and even dollars, were subscribed during the first week of the Happy Tribe Million Penny War Fund to aid the poor Belgian and Flemish children, and the Happy Tribe campaign was launched with every indication of the most complete success.

1972
“The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” – James Brown – performs with his band The J.B.’s in Municipal Auditorium.  Get on up!

February 18 in San Antonio history…

1916
The Marx Brothers appear at the (old) Majestic Theater as part of a vaudeville review of 27 people.

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Canadian rock trio Triumph plays their first show in the United States right here in Convention Center Arena.  Yesterday & Today and the Runaways are the opening acts.

1986
The San Antonio Spurs’ Alvin Robertson becomes the second player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals against the Phoenix Suns.  The Spurs win, 120-114.  Robertson remains the only player to set the mark with double figures in steals instead of blocks.

February 14 in San Antonio history…

1896
Lovers of that delicious dish, chili con carne, may be slightly nauseated to learn that vendors of this delicacy on the plaza get their water from the ditch that runs in front of San Fernando Cathedral.

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

1933
Thieves who possibly came in the guise of worshipers took a crucifix two and one-half feet high, several glasses, and altar candles from the Shrine of the Little Flower, located at Kentucky Avenue and Zarzamora Street, it was reported today.

February 1 in San Antonio history…

1859
The Menger Hotel  holds its grand opening.

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Harry Houdini escapes from a straitjacket while suspended upside-down above the intersections of Crockett and Navarro streets downtown.

1975
Johnny Winter plays Municipal Auditorium.  Opening acts are Peter Frampton and the James Cotton Band.  Frampton would record his multi-platinum live album “Frampton  Comes Alive” on this tour a few months later.