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January 1 in San Antonio history…

1926
The local Carnegie Library appealed to city residents to return long delinquent books.

1941
Owen Kilday becomes Bexar County Sheriff.  He will be the longest serving sheriff of Bexar County – until 1962.

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The Randolph Field Ramblers, a team made up of former college athletes serving in the military, play the University of Texas to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl.  This is the only San Antonio team to ever play in the Cotton Bowl and this was the first tie in the bowl game’s history.  Only 15,000 spectators witnessed the game due to heavy rain.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1926
H.C Moore, Southern Pacific railroad engineer, escaped serious injury today when switch engine no. 131 exploded at the Southern Pacific roundhouse.  The engineer was hurled about thirty feet and was showered with oil and sand. After receiving first aid treatment, he was sent home where he is under the care of physicians.

1940
A messenger for the W. T. Grant store was held up by a lone gunman in the heart of the downtown district this morning and robbed of $3500 in Christmas receipts he was taking to the Frost National Bank. Tlie robbery occurred on the St. Mary’s street bridge across from the Public Service building.

1978
The J.C. Penney Company opens their sixth San Antonio store today at Ingram Park Mall.  The new store is the company’s 149th store in Texas and 2,090th in the J. C. Penney chain.  It has almost 180,000 square feet of floor space, 42 merchandise departments and 325 employees.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Texas Theater holds its formal grand opening.  The theater will be opened to the public on December 18.

1945ercoupe
San Antonians flocked to Joske’s to see the new Ercoupe airplane on the fourth floor of the department store.  It was hoisted through a window, minus the wings, which it cleared by only three inches (right).  Three airplanes were sold in the first thirty minutes of business today.

1971
San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, captures the 4A state championship, 28-27, over Wichita Falls.  This is the first high school game played at the brand new Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1926
San Antonio is destined to become the center of study and research for this entire section of the state as the result of the establishment of the Witte Memorial Museum in Brackenridge Park, according to Professor J.A. Pearce of the University of Texas.  Professor Pearce was the featured speaker at the formal opening of the museum today.

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In what is billed as the “Women’s World Boxing Championship,” 90-lb. Barbara Buttrick (right) from Yorkshire, England defeats Phyliss Kugler in a unanimous decision after six rounds.  Santiago Gutierrez knocked out Eloy Tellez in the eighth round of the 10-round main event at Municipal Auditorium.  Buttrick and Kugler were the first two women to be issued boxing licenses in the state of Texas.

1974
Elvis Presley makes his fifth San Antonio appearance and first since 1972, playing a concert in Hemisfair Arena.

 

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

1966
HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

1992
President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari all flew to San Antonio and looked on today as their three trade ministers signed documents signaling an end to negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “This meeting marks a turning point in the history of our three countries,” Bush told about 200 dignitaries and local business leaders packed into a courtyard at the Plaza San Antonio Hotel. “We are creating the largest, richest and most productive market in the entire world.”

September 3 in San Antonio history…

1926
Municipal Auditorium is dedicated as a memorial to the city’s WWI dead.

1977
The San Antonio Charros close out their inaugural season against the Austin Texans at Northside Stadium.  The Charros win, 52-34, completing a 9-1 season and undefeated in conference play.

1979
PM Magazine, with hosts Mario Bosquez and Peggy Kokernot, debuts on KSAT Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m.

 

August 25 in San Antonio history…

1926
Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

1930
A sulphur smoke bomb was thrown in the Uptown Theater, 719 Fredericksburg Road, at the beginning of the last show but failed to stop the performance. Lights were turned on and the small blaze extinguished with a chemical fire extinguisher without calling the fire department. No reason for the throwing of the bomb could be given by Sol Rosenberg, manager of the Community Theater chain which operates the Uptown.

1939
A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

July 20 in San Antonio history…

1916
The San Antonio Light remarks on the growing popularity of wristwatches due to their usage by soldiers:  “Jewelers in San Antonio and all over Texas see a big business in wrist watches ahead of them and are placing heavy orders with the manufacturers. Christmas time will see the folks at home buying every soldier boy a wrist watch. Then every boy who is not a soldier will have to have one, too.”

1926
First steps toward the filming in San Antonio of the $500,000 picture “Wings” were taken today when representatives of the famous Player-Lansky Corp. left to inspect Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley.

1945
Speeders and abusers of gas ration privileges were given notice today by the Bexar county ration board that offenders will be punished. Fifteen people had their rations suspended in one morning by vote of the board, according to Robert A. Hall, chief clerk of the gasoline panel. One of the offenders was a speeding cab driver who had his rations taken away for 30 days.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

1907
The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

1911
Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois, Signal Corps, has been ordered from San Antonio to Washington for work in connection with the aero squadron. It is his opinion that the aeroplane will be left here and another army aviator will be ordered here.

1926
Mayor John W. Tobin decreed that all idlers and vagrants found in San Antonio would either be jailed or forced to go to work in the cotton fields of South Texas.

June 5 in San Antonio history

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British field marshal Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener,  famous for his iron rule as a British imperialist and colonial administrator in Africa, India, the Sudan and Egypt, is killed when a German mine explodes the warship he was on while he was headed to negotiations with Czarist Russian military leaders.  Posters featuring Kitchener inspired James Montgomery Flagg’s famous poster of Uncle Sam.

1926
Insterstate Amusement Company has purchased property on Houston between St. Mary’s and Navarro and intends to build the largest theater in the South. (This will be the Majestic Theater.)

1969
The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.