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May 27 in San Antonio history…

1907
Albert Friedrich’s collection of animal horns is said to be the best in existence in point of freakishness. He has the only deer head with horns bearing 78 points.

1918
An attempt wil be made at Kelly Field during Decoration Day proceedings to catch a baseball thrown from an airplane and thus set a height record for catching dropped balls.  The record is now 555 feet.

1988
B.J. “Red” McCombs buys the San Antonio Spurs from Angelo Drossos for $47 million.  “I’m ecstatic,” says Mayor Henry Cisneros.  “The Spurs are in the hands of a San Antonian and that’s the most important thing.”

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May 21 in San Antonio history…

1918
The pasteurization of all milk sold in San Antonio is to be required under new regulations to be issued by the U.S. Public Health Service.  The cost to dairies of installing the necessary equipment will be considerable.

1958
Chuck Jefferson, Woodridge School third grader, was homeward bound with $32,000 he won on the “$64,000 Question” TV show.  “I wanted to go on (for $64,000), but my parents decided I should quit.  It’s too big of a risk.  Sometimes I think parents are too nervous.”

1968
Channel 5 broadcasts the CBS News program “Hunger in America,” filmed in San Antonio, illustrating the problem of poverty and lack of food in American households.

 

May 11 in San Antonio history…

1738
The cornerstone of San Fernando Cathedral is laid.

1918
The governor today issued a proclamation officially designating next Sunday, May 13, as “Mother’s Day” in Texas.  The people are urged to observe this day in a proper manner.  “May I not suggest that an acute, tangible reminder of our remembrance of our mothers be given to her upon this happy day, in the form of a gift, or a visit or a long letter?” says the governor in his proclamation.  A pure white flower should be worn on this day.

1966
“Tower of the Americas”, the name suggested by Rosa Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, is chosen as the official name of the 622-foot tall HemisFair tower. Ms. Gonzalez won a three-day expenses-paid stay at the Menger Hotel for herself and her immediate family, a $100 savings bond and a season pass to HemisFair. The names chosen as runners-up were: Hemispire, Hemistower, Astroshaft, Astrospire, Astrotower, Stratospire, Spire of the Americas and Tower of Peace.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1852
The cornerstone for the Paine Methodist Episcopal Church, the first Protestant church in San Antonio, is laid on Soledad street.

1918
A benefit football game will be held at League Park today between the Camp Mabry and Camp Travis gridders.  All proceeds will go to the United War Work Fund.  An airplane will drop the football onto the field before the game.  As far as it is known, this is the first time an airplane will be used to begin a football game.

1930
The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.  There is also a private bathroom, a radio receiving set and a telephone in every room.

1978
The character actor, Victor Sen Yung, who played Hop Sing in “Bonanza” and “No. 2 Son” in the Charlie Chan movies, was in San Antonio today selling woks.  He regaled shoppers at two Joske’s stores during demonstrations of cooking with a Farberware wok.

November 14 in San Antonio history…

1918
Bread made entirely of wheat flour will appear on San Antonio tables for the first time since 1917.  Restrictions on the use of wheat have been removed by the food administration.

1964
The Brackenridge Park skyride is opened to the public.

1968
City Manager Henckel said today that he is considering closing Hemisfair Plaza for the winter or limiting it to a weekend operation due to poor attendance.  He is also studying whether or not to continue the 25-cent admission to the Plaza.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Empire Theatre is remodeled and opens as the Majestic Theater today.  Featured entertainment includes Thomas J. Keogh, Josephine Jacoby and the Edison Kinetograph of the London Steeplechase.  (Neither of these are the current Empire and Majestic theaters.)

1918
Thousands of people crowded the sidewalks of the main streets of the city this afternoon to see San Antonio’s United War Work and Victory parade.  In order that everyone would have an opportunity to see the biggest parade the city has known, Mayor Bell declared a half-holiday today beginning at noon.

1981
Country stars Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle perform together in Convention Center Arena.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The bells of San Fernando, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and Mission Espada were all rung yesterday, announcing the armistice and calling all the people for prayers of thanksgiving.

1942
The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

1983
The San Antonio Spurs offer a “Country Night” promotion with a concert by Joe Stampley after the game against the Denver Nuggets.  The Spurs roll on, 126-107.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I ends
The State Department makes the announcement at 2:45 a.m. that the armistice is signed and “The War to End All Wars” is ended.

1940
The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

1984
Municipal Auditorium, dedicated in 1926 to San Antonio servicemen killed in World War I, is rededicated to include those killed in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Gutted by fire in 1979, the auditorium is scheduled to be reopened next year after almost $13 million in renovations.

November 10 in San Antonio history

1891
The entire west block of Military Plaza, including the Fashion Theater (right), is consumed by fire.

1918 – World War I
It is believed that German surrender is imminent and the armistice will be signed as soon as the courier returns to Marshal Foch’s headquarters from the German Army headquarters.  He has been held up by the German failure to abide by the cease-fire order from the French.

1923
Actress and former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield, makes an appearance at the Empire Theatre.  She is in San Antonio filming “The Warrens of Virginia” in Brackenridge Park.

November 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Private David B. Barkley, who enlisted in San Antonio, drowns while crossing the Meuse River on a scouting mission behind German lines near Pouilly-sur-Meuse, France.  He is later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and he is the second person to lie in state in the Alamo.  The son of Josef Barkley and Antonia Cantu of Laredo, he is the first Mexican-American Medal of Honor winner.

1918 – World War I
Prince Maximilian of Germany announces that Kaiser Wilhelm II has abdicated both the crown of Imperial Germany and Prussia.  Maximilian himself is forced to resign as Chancellor of Germany.  Friedrich Ebert of the Social Democratic Party of Germany takes control.

1963
Bexar County voters registered 18,372 to 15,664 in favor of a statewide amendment to repeal Texas’s 61-year-old poll tax.  Unfortunately, the rest of the state was much less progressive and the poll tax remains in place.