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May 14 in San Antonio history…

1926veramendi
After being in storage for many years, the doors to the Veramendi Palace (right) were donated to the Alamo Museum today by John James.  Mr. James, along with the late Capt. F. F. Collins, has owned the doors since the old palace was razed about 15 years ago. The doors are made of hand-carved cedar and are so heavy that it takes six men to lift one.

1940
The newspapers advertise nylon hosiery, offered for sale for the first time at 9 a.m. the following morning at many San Antonio department stores, including Joske’s.

1993
An early grand opening is held at the Alamodome by invitation only.

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May 12 in San Antonio history…

1924hearst
The Hearst Corporation buys the San Antonio Light newspaper.

1926
Re-erection of the classic Greek front of the old Market House as part of the stage of the proposed amphitheater in the site of the Sunken Garden in Brackenridge Park is proposed.  The proposition is under consideration by Commissioner of Parks Ray Lambert and members of the Conservation Society.

1983
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band bring their Detroit sound to Convention Center Arena.  The opening act is a rock singer who had recently auditioned to be lead vocalist for Black Sabbath named Michael Bolton.

March 29 in San Antonio history…

1926
Local drug stores may soon be selling medicinal beer as well as medicinal whiskey. The new “health booster” will be sold by prescription only.

1954
Bexar County is one of 10 spots in Texas picked for the long-awaited polio vaccine trials that may wipe out Infantile Paralysis. Every second grader in town gets three shots over a five-week period to complete the vaccination.

1963
Billy J. “Red” McCombs, president of Hemphill Ford Centers in San Antonio, has been named a partner in the firm.  From now on, the name of the dealerships will be Hemphill-McCombs Ford.

December 21 in San Antonio history…

1926
Official confirmation of the elevation of Arthur J. Drossaerts to the post of archbishop of San Antonio his been announced following a secret consistory as the Vatican presided over by Pope Pius.

1957
Ten little youngsters who will never “see” Santa met him today and moved their small fingers over his features.  The children, students at the Lighthouse for the Blind, were delighted by the jolly old fat elf who came to their Christmas party.

2001
Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes the first of their annual holiday trips to San Antonio and performs in Municipal Auditorium.

December 11 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Olmos Dam is dedicated and opened to traffic.

1949WOAI
WOAI-TV Channel 4 was dedicated today (right). The station began broadcasting regular programming at 4:45 that afternoon and signed off at 9:00 pm. The feature program is the SMU-Notre Dame game from Dec. 3.  The program was condensed to 40 minutes by eliminating huddles and time between plays.

1972
A 13-year-old Tanya Tucker performs in Municipal Auditorium with Connie Smith as part of the Toys for Tots Show sponsored by KITY radio and the U.S. Marine Corps.

September 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Salvation Army Hut at Victor Street and Austin Road, near what is known as Parade Rest, west of Camp Travis, will be formally dedicated this evening at 8 o’clock.

1926
Two wars, the Spanish-American and the World War are to be fought at Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis within the next few days by Hollywood stars and technicians. Spectators may watch if they stay out of battles. (This was the for the filming of the movie “Wings,” which won the Academy Award.)

1971
San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane plays Municipal Auditorium.

September 3 in San Antonio history…

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

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

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

May 10 in San Antonio history…

1723
The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1918 – World War I
Police Judge M. E. Buckley issues a warning to San Antonians saying, “I have decided to impose a severe penalty against those persons who are making it habit to get drunk at bars just beyond the dry zone and returning to San Antonio to celebrate the occasion.” The warning is issued because the speed and recklessness of the automobile drivers endangers themselves and others on the road.

1926
Erection of a memorial monument to George W. Brackenridge has been proposed to the mayor by local citizens.

April 20 in San Antonio history…

1913
The Lozier automobile is advertised in the San Antonio Light for $5000.  Adjusted for inflation, this would be $125,000 in today’s money.

1918 – World War I
Last night’s Fiesta parade was judged by many to have been the “best of the week.”  It was a two-part parade consisting of sixteen “Parade of the Allies” floats and a long procession of automobiles.

1926
Guerilla warfare between Sheriff Jim Stevens and a band of auto strippers reached a climax last night when avenging thieves invaded the basement of the courthouse and drove off a car belonging to an investigator of the district attorney’s office.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonians are preparing for the Daylight Savings time change tonight.  The San Antonio Light reports that there “will be no change in working hours, railroad train schedules or anything else.  People will rise early in the coolness of a summer morning, finish their work an hour earlier in the day, devote the remaining daylight hours to recreation or the planting of “war gardens” and save fuel and electricity by going to bed early at night.”

1926
Four masked and armed bandits entered the San Antonio National Bank at noon today and escaped with $19,000.

1973
The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.