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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.

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June 16 in San Antonio history…

1927
After being found between the mission and the San Antonio River, the stolen altar bell of San Jose is back on its ancient shelf today.

1936
The name of municipal airport is changed from Winburn Field back to Stinson Field.

1979
The Cable House (right), the winter home of Rock Island President Phylander L. Cable, is slated to be demolished by Southwest Research Institute.  The house dates to 1883.

June 7 in San Antonio history…

1927
A steam shovel is used for the first time in San Antonio in construction of Commercial National Bank.

1944
The San Antonio Light reports that a “well-known Major General” has been demoted to Lt. Colonel for stating at a cocktail party in London, “On my honor, the invasion will begin no later than June 15.”  This former General, Henry J. F. Miller, had commanded the San Antonio Air Depot at Duncan Field until 1941. He was demoted by General Eisenhower, a former classmate at West Point.  Miller died in San Antonio five years later and is buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

1953
The historic Nic Tengg home, owned by the Tengg family for over 101 years, has been sold to Joske’s of Texas as an addition to the store’s parking lot.  The two-story wood, brick and adobe house – long a landmark at 326 E. Crockett St. – will end its colorful career as it gives way to progress and a growing, bustling city.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

1927
Preparations are under way to ship what’s left of the Army dirigible C-43 back to Scott Field, Ill. It was wrecked at Brooks Field yesterday while being towed out of the big hangar. This is the second dirigible to face destruction at the field.

1963
Tonight is the grand opening of the Roaring 20’s Teen Club (formerly Shadowlands), three miles north of Loop 410 on Blanco Road.  Along with Gene Thomas, headliners will be The Missiles band and vocal group along with San Antonio’s own Denny Ezba.  hippsThis will mark the first time that a Teen Nite Spot has been put into operation and we’re betting everybody will dig the idea.

1980
Hipp’s Bubble Room (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.

April 18 in San Antonio history…

1927
Archbishop Robert J. Drossaerts rededicates San Jose Mission as a sacred edifice. Restored to its original lines of 160 years ago, the mission will be reblessed to compensate for the time it lay in ruins.

1947
Mission Stadium and Ballpark opened and the first Texas league game was played there.

1994
The new home of the Missions baseball team opens under the rather generic name of the “San Antonio Municipal Baseball Stadium.”  It will be renamed for mayor Nelson Wolff in May 1995.

April 2 in San Antonio history…

1927
A. L. Becker opens the first Handy-Andy grocery store in San Antonio at 1716-18 Broadway.

1965
Country singer Roger Miller (“King of the Road”,”Dang Me”) weds San Antonio native Leah Kendrick in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1970
Cesar Chavez, the leader of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, will participate in the May 5 episcopal consecration of Patrick Fernandez Flores, newly named bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, it was announced today.

February 16 in San Antonio history…

1861
U.S. Government property is surrendered by General Twiggs at San Antonio to the Secession Convention Commissioners. If this had not been a peaceful transfer, it would be known as the event that started the Civil War – right here in San Antonio.

1894
The Boston Beaneaters of the National League are in San Antonio are in San Antonio today for a game at San Pedro Park.  Mr. Tom Wade, the well-known opera singer, has agreed to umpire the game.  (The “Tamale Chewers” were no match for the Beaneaters, who won 21 to 3.)

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A. J. Drossaerts (right) became the first archbishop of San Antonio at noon today.  In San Fernando Cathedral, crowded to the doors by the thousands, the wool band with four crosses was placed on his shoulders by Archbishop John W. Shaw of New Orleans.

February 6 in San Antonio history…

1927
Another hotel of 12 stories and basement will be built in San Antonio immediately. To be known as the Blue Bonnet, the 200-room structure will be constructed at St. Mary’s and Pecan at a cost of $1,708,500.

1949
Balcones Heights, which incorporated November 13, elected Clyde Crews mayor (right) and John Casper, city marshal.

1974
George Gervin, the fourth leading scorer in the ABA with a 25.3 average, is now a San Antonio Spur—for at least 10 days. U.S. District Judge Adrian Spears ruled today that Gervin cannot play for any other team in the ABA during the next 10 days. Judge Spears stressed that he did not rule that Gervin had to play for S.A. His ruling meant only that if Gervin is to play in the ABA in the next 10 days, it had to be for the Spurs. Shortly after Spears made his decision about 4:30 p.m., the Spurs held a news conference which Gervin attended. They announced that the 6-7, 180-pound sharpshooter would wear jersey No. 44 and play for the Spurs tomorrow night in the Convention Center Arena against the Utah Stars.

January 26 in San Antonio history…

1904
Autoists and dealers protested City Council’s action limiting speeds of bicycles and cars in San Antonio to six miles per hour.  A good horse can go faster than that, they argued, yet is not so controllable as a mechanical conveyance.

1927
The Plaza Hotel (later the Granada) holds its grand opening.

1981
San Antonio Savings celebrates with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at their new headquarters on Loop 410 at San Pedro.

January 14 in San Antonio history…

1927
“Hands off” will be a suggestion made to all couples using the matrimonial parlor to be established in the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Even kissing by engaged couples will be banned on grounds it is too intimate.

1993
Larry Benson announces the city’s newest professional football team, the CFL’s San Antonio Texans.  They were a re-branded San Antonio Riders which joined the CFL when the WLAF folded.  The Texans suffered the same fate, folding after Benson ran out of money, before ever playing a game.

2003
Bowling for Soup performs at the White Rabbit.