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November 30 in San Antonio history…

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Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield (right), as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies.  It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.

1942
Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.

1981
The University of Arkansas plays UTSA in an early season game at Convention Center Arena.  The defending SWC champion Razorbacks prevail, 71-42.

November 17 in San Antonio history….

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

1934
Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. LBJ didn’t have a wedding band for her and had asked Dan Quill, friend and Postmaster of San Antonio, to get one. Quill bought a wedding band at the nearby Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $2.50.  (The Sears store was located in what is now called the Tower Life Building.) After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

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Tosh Togo (right), a wrestler making his first appearance in San Antonio, fights to a draw in a 15-minute match with Larry Chene at Wrestlethon at Municipal Auditorium.  (Togo’s real name was Toshiyuki “Harold” Sakata, and he would find fame ten years later as the mute henchman to the titular villain in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.”)

 

November 14 in San Antonio history…

1923
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of the (old) Majestic Theater.

1936
With science predicting that half of America will be living in trailers within the next 15 years, San Antonio was at the start of a record-breaking tourist season and the title “Highway gypsy capital of the U.S.”

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Waylon Jennings brings his Country & Western All-Star Show to Convention Center Arena, featuring his wife Jessi Colter, Tompall (Glaser) and the Outlaw Band, and Rusty Weir.  These performers, with Willie Nelson replacing Rusty Weir, would be featured on the album “Wanted!  The Outlaws” the following year.  This was the first country & western album to be certified platinum with sales of one million copies.

November 10 in San Antonio history…

1859
The San Antonio Daily Ledger and Texan newspaper is first published.

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.

1968
KBUC Grand “New” Opry plays Municipal Auditorium, featuring newer country artists Charley Pride, Conway Twitty & the Lonely Blue Boys, Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers, Stonewall Jackson & His Minutemen and Jeanie C. Riley

April 1 in San Antonio history…

1923
Linda Condon of Boerne is selected as the winner of the contest to name the new hotel under construction at Main, Travis and Flores streets.  The new hotel is to be managed by Percy Tyrrell.  Here’s what she wrote: “Tyrrell, please look no further. No need to hesitate; I am sending to you, mister, a name I think is great. By patriotism, yes, I am prompted, also the cash, you see; So, please be a good fellow – WOAI broadcast – The Robert E. Lee.”  For her winning submission, Linda receives $100.

1947
The San Antonio Transit Company begins putting into service their new fleet of 50 air-conditioned city buses.  The Alamo city is the first city in the world to have air-conditioned metropolitan buses.  They even offer free rides on a downtown loop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

1949
A photograph of the Goodyear blimp moored to the Transit Tower is shown on the front page of the San Antonio Light.  It’s just an April Fool’s joke.  The blimp is in San Antonio for a week but it is being kept at Municipal Airport.

March 4 in San Antonio history…

1836
Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault in the Alamo takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated into two batteries, the Mexican artillery, is brought to within 200 yards of the compound. More Texian reinforcements arrive in the late hours.

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Louis Santikos opens the Palace Theater at 212 Losoya (right).

1954
The Municipal Auditorium presents a concert featuring Billy Eckstine, Ruth Brown, The Clovers and Johnny Hodges.

November 17 in San Antonio history…

1915
The Liberty Bell comes to San Antonio on its way from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco to its home in Philadelphia.  It was scheduled to arrive at 11:00 but showed up two hours and forty minutes late.  An estimated 40,000 San Antonians showed up to get a look at the bell.

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

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Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. LBJ didn’t have a wedding band for her and had asked Dan Quill, friend and Postmaster of San Antonio, to get one. Quill bought a wedding band at the nearby Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $2.50.  (The Sears store was located in what is now called the Tower Life Building.) After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The city holds a parade at 3:00 o’clock today to kick off the two-day celebration honoring tomorrow’s arrival of the Liberty Bell to San Antonio.

1923
Mark Twain Junior High School is dedicated.

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.

1990
KONO 860 begins simulcasting on KFAN-FM (101.1) except for four hours between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.  The station will eventually take over completely and be renamed KONO-FM.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
A telegram was sent to the War Department today requesting the use of the Fort Sam Houston aviation field for the new Stinson School of Flying. L. B. Clegg, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and A. B. Weakley, president of the Texas Aero Club.It is believed that the War Department will favor the project on account of its policy of encouraging development of aerial navigation every way possible.

1923
The Texas Hotel at the corner of Martin and Navarro streets, formerly the Cheaney Hotel, has reopened to the public after a $14,000 renovation.  A special feature of the newly remodeled hotel is the excellent home cooking served at all meals, superintended by Mrs. A. O. Van Riper, formerly of Van Riper’s bakery and the Gunter Hotel pastry shop on Travis street.

1930
Radio station KMAC, San Antonio’s newest radio broadcasting unit with studios in the Blue Bonnet Hotel, will be formally opened tonight, with Mayor C. M. Chambers and other prominent civic and business leaders present, according to announcement by Jack Wallace, manager.  The owner is W. W. McAllister, and the call letters KMAC, were suggested by Mac, short for McAllister.

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

 

October 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
A German war correspondent says that the expenditure of shells by the French and British on a sixteen-mile front during the seventy-two hours of the Allies’ offensive at the end of last month was 64,800 shells.  The article also states, “…what opened the wide veins of German blood in those seventy-two hours were American shells, manufactured in neutral territory by a neutral people in order that the dollar might glitter and bring peace on earth.  With blood the Yankees are polishing their dollars. Out of their olive branch has grown a rod dripping with blood.”

1923
The Mark Twain school, second to be completed under the school board’s $2,000,000 expansion program, will be opened Oct. 25.

1936
San Antonio had another college added to its list with the acceptance of Westmoorland as a senior college.