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March 4 in San Antonio history…

1923scan0048
Louis Santikos opens the Palace Theater at 212 Losoya (right).  The theater is notable for an arcade that goes through to Alamo Plaza.

1931
San Antonio’s 200th birthday celebration will begin at 7 p.m. today when the official dedication and blessing of the Spanish Governor’s Palace on Military Plaza, for years the abode of governors of wide domain, will mark the first event on a six-day program marked with pageantry, church ceremonies and social events. The dedication will be followed by a pageant reenacting the arrival of 16 families of Canary Islanders in San Antonio on March 4, 1731.

1968
Mister Rogers’ (then spelled Misterogers’) Neighborhood premieres on KLRN Channel 9.  The “prize winning children’s show” debuted nationally on public television on February 19 but today is the first appearance in San Antonio.

February 14 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

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)

November 17 in San Antonio history…

1919
20 year old WWI pilot, Walter J. Ligon places this notice in San Antonio newspapers, offering $10 joyrides in his airplane and “reasonable rates” for flights to other Texas cities.

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.

1984
Rev. Jesse Jackson makes his first appearance in San Antonio as a presidential candidate, telling the crowd that the poor in America deserve “a slice of the pie, not just crust.”

 

November 16 in San Antonio history…

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.

1936
Westmoorland College becomes the University of San Antonio.

November 14 in San Antonio history…

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

1964
The Brackenridge Park skyride was opened to the public.

1987
Wonderland Mall reopens as Crossroads Mall.

August 12 in San Antonio history…

1923
“Irvy” Dresch of the San Antonio Public Service Company, pitches a perfect game against the Eagle Furniture Company team in a City League baseball game.  The Public Service Company team won, 14-0.

1927
“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York.  The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper.  The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1959
The newspapers report that the chamber of commerce board of directors yesterday unanimously approved a resolution urging the Texas Highway Commission to issue a minute order authorizing its engineers to complete plans for a northside expressway to link U.S. 281 at a point near Loop 13 with the interchange of Interstate 35 and 37 just east of Broadway.

July 20 in San Antonio history…

1923
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.

1947
The mounted police are returning to the San Antonio Police Department. The first one will be assigned to patrol Brackenridge Park.

1969
Inside the Eagle lunar module, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin land on the moon.  Armstrong takes the first step onto the lunar surface at 9:56 p.m. Central time.  Aldrin follows 15 minutes later.  The first word from Tranquility Base is “Houston.”

 

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)

November 30 in San Antonio history…

1923
Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield), 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.

1977
“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Crosby recorded the Christmas special a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977.  The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”

1981
UTSA make its intercollegiate basketball debut against the defending SWC Champion Arkansas Razorbacks in Convention Center Arena.  The Razorbacks crush the Roadrunners, 71-42.  “It wasn’t something we can be proud of but it’s a start,” says UTSA coach Don Eddy after the game.

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.