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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.

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January 11 in San Antonio history…

1905
The San Antonio Drug Company buys the mammoth A.B. Frank Co. building on Commerce Street.

1927
San Antonio women have taken exception to a local pastor’s warning to young men that country girls are the only sure marriage bets. The women did agree, however, that a good wife is a modest and virtuous work of God.

1957
Eighty county jail prisoners, objecting that their breakfast toast was toasted only on one side, staged an hour-long demonstration. Sheriff Owen Kilday quelled the disturbance quickly.

January 7 in San Antonio history…

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The first talking picture is shown as a press premiere at the Aztec Theater:  “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore (right)

1932
Courses at Main Avenue High School will continue after Feb. 1, when many students will leave the school to go to the new Thomas Jefferson High. Main Avenue will accommodate up to 1,000 students then.

1959
Two-thirds of downtown is plunged into a blackout that lasts more than five hours due to moisture in a power plant switch gear box.  The blackout began at 4:37 p.m. and was not resolved until 9:52 p.m.  An elevator operator was stranded in a downtown elevator, a man crashed his car through the window of a furniture store and an elderly man broke a hip falling down some dimly lit stairs.  No other injuries were reported.

December 27 in San Antonio history…

1927
A candle burning at the altar of the Chapel of Miracles, 113 Ruiz street, set fire to the interior of the little church this morning and caused considerable damage before firemen extinguished the blaze.

1952
A mechanized version of the old west’s pony express was inaugurated this morning to provide hourly mail service to a southwest Texas route extending over 2,500 miles – a fleet of four multi-ton “portable bus postoffices” – 35 feet long with 12-cylinder engines.  Many San Antonians braved rainy weather to attend a pre-inaugural ceremony held locally at Alamo Plaza.

1985
Radio stations KONO and KITY are sold by Mission Broadcasting Co. to Dallas-based Duffy Broadcasting Co., ending 60 years of continuous ownership by the Roth family.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1927
Today, the day after Christmas, has been set aside as a holiday in San Antonio – a day to be devoted to the making of New Year’s resolutions.  City offices, all banks and most businesses will be closed.

1929
Police report that 100 cases of tomatoes belonging to the Morris Novich Company were stolen from a boxcar near the company’s headquarters near 503 Medina Street.

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.

December 2 in San Antonio history…

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At 10 a.m. sharp, the doors to Municipal Auditorium are opened and San Antonians rush in to see “the new Ford” – the Model A – first new Ford model in 15 years.  By noon, five-thousand have seen the new phaeton and the two-door sedan, with 5,000 more predicted to see the cars before the doors close late tonight.

1974
The Victoria Lounge at 136 W. Durango was destroyed at about 8 a.m. when one of three Southern Pacific boxcars rolled down a grade and crashed into the building. No one was in the lounge at the time of the accident.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt.  He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

September 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that all men between 18 and 45 years of age must report to their precinct polling places between 7 A.M. and 9 P.M. tomorrow to register for the draft.  Even the sick and inmates of penal institutions must register.

1927
Sam Street, Chief of Detectives, dies after being shot yesterday trying to stop a holdup in a local Piggly Wiggly grocery store at the corner of San Pedro and Laurel.

1937
Porter Loring purchases an iron lung for the city to be placed at a location agreed upon by the city’s physicians.  “The only rule that I, as its donor, will insist upon,”  he said, “is that it shall be available to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, color or situation of life, without cost.”  Mr. Loring receives a bronze plaque and is named by the Elks as “the most outstanding citizen of 1937” for his generous gift.

August 12 in San Antonio history…

1922
Frost Bank moves into its new multistory “skyscraper” at the SW corner of Commerce and Flores streets (now the Municipal Plaza Building.)

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.

1953
Kelly’s gigantic C-99, heretofore known as the XC-99 will open a new area in its historic flights today when it takes off on its first intercontinental flight for Europe.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

1918
Women are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary in Texas for the first time.  Candidate William P. Hobby for governor, Annie Webb Blanton for state superintendent of public instruction and other candidates favored by the women are victorious.

1927
Despite Department of Commerce rulings that Stinson Field is too small for a Class A municipal airport, Phil Wright, acting mayor, said he was going ahead with plans to clear the land there.

1953
Contruction of a gigantic hangar at Kelly Air Force Base, capable of housing 10 huge B-36 bombers simultaneously, will begin early in September.  According to reports here it will be the largest building in the world.

June 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Lieut. Pat O’Brien, the dare-devil aviator, lecturer and writer, who told of his experiences in escaping from a German prison camp before a large audience in San Antonio last night, took a tumble in an airplane at Kelly Field this morning but suffered no injuries except a scratched face and a broken nose.

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The “Greater” Majestic Theater opens its doors offering “The Singing Brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers on stage along with the Movietone Follies of 1929 (right).

2007
The Spurs win their fourth championship in nine years by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers.