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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!

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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.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

1916
Brackenridge High School reachs an all-time high enrollment record of 490 students.

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San Antonio today mourned the death of one of its most prominent citizens. Edgar Tobin, WWI flying ace, who with 11 other persons was killed yesterday in a Louisiana plane crash while returning from a hunting trip.

1957
Eighty county jail prisoners, objecting that their breakfast toast was toasted only on one side, staged an hour-long demonstration.Sheriff Owen Kilday quelled the disturbance quickly.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

1916
Traffic officers said pedestrians standing directly in front of movie theaters or large office buildings would be arrested to prevent congestion in the event of fire.

1977
F. R. Kirkpatrick, president of National Bank Ft. Sam Houston and chairman of the Ft. Sam Houston Gateway Project, implores the city to clean up the four-block long area of “porno joints, adult book stores, peek shows and nudie bars” that arc along New Braunfels Avenue betwecn Ft. Sam Houston and IH-35.  He says that in contrast to the gateways to Lackland, Kelly and Brooks Air Force Bases, the four-block entrance into Ft. Sam Houston is such a slum that sightseeing buses taking tourists to the historic Quadrangle take a roundabout route to avoid the area.

1979
The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

1916
This morning workmen began construction of the immense stage in Travis Park on which nearly 1,200 musicians will participate in the military concert and Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday evening in connection with the great open-air Christmas musical observance and Christmas tree to be given under the auspices of the Rotary Club.

1937
If snow falls in San Antonio on Christmas or New Year’s it will indeed be a miracle.  In the 52 years the weather bureau has kept records, snow has never fallen on those days.  (Still true. – Ed.)

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.”

October 24 in San Antonio history…

1909
Bexar County commissioners soon may be joyriding in an automobile. A. E. Staacke Automobile Co. has been awarded a contract to supply the county with a 1910 model seven-passenger, 40-horsepower Knox touring car for $3,350.

1916
There are exactly 202 names on the official ballot to be used in the November 7 general election in Bexar County.  The ballot is more than a yard in length and considerable time will be required in counting.  Joe S. Newton, clerk to the county commissioners, said no orders yet had been given for printing the ballot but that it will be done later this week or early next week.  This is to be done, he said, to allow from withdrawals from the ticket.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

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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.

1945
Scores of San Antonians plan to be in Kerrville today to witness the hometown celebration accorded Admiral Nimitz. Thousands of others—stay-at-homes—planned to listen to the festivities broadcast over radio station WOAI.

October 5 in San Antonio history…

1916
This advertisement appears in the San Antonio Light:
Notice to the Ex-Students of the University of Texas
By special arrangement with the university athletic authorities members of the San Antonio Ex-Students’ Association may secure choice seats for the Texas-Oklahoma game before the same are placed on sale for the general public. All university ex-students desiring to take advantage of this arrangement must join the association before Monday noon. See Prof O. A. Pfeiffer, of the Main Avenue High School, or Dick O. Terrell, in the Central Trust Bldg.

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Texas A&M defeats Tulsa, 41-6, in the first college football game at the brand new Alamo Stadium.  The first Aggie to score a touchdown was Derace Moser (right).

1946
The first of a fleet of 50 air-conditioned buses was received today and will go into service on some of’ the heavier traffic routes this week, according to Laurence Wingerter, vice-president and general manager of the Transit company.