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December 21 in San Antonio history…

1868
The first Fair of the Agricultural and Industrial Association of Western Texas is opened.

1929
San Antonio receives nearly three inches of snow, a fraction of the snowfall in Central Texas.  The town of Clifton receives 24 inches, still the greatest amount of snow ever to fall in Texas.

1976
Southwestern Bell raises the price of a pay phone call from 10 cents to 20 cents statewide.  The 10 cent rate had been in effect since 1957.

December 2 in San Antonio history…

1907
It became clear this morning that the city intends to enforce its speeding ordinance.  C. R. Jones was fined $10 for exceeding the legal limit of 8 miles per hour.  Witnesses said the auto was positively going at least 17 miles an hour.

1929
Jorrie Furniture opens their new building at the corner of San Pedro and Quincy Avenue.  This building will be controversially razed in June 2008, after the city’s planning director signs off on the order just before he retires.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He will 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.

October 29 in San Antonio history…

1929
The Express-News dedicates its new building (right) at the corner of Alamo and 3rd streets.

1956
The 15-minute Huntley-Brinkley Report, NBC’s flagship news report, debuts on WOAI Channel 4.  It replaces the Camel News Caravan, hosted by John Cameron Swayze.  The program will be hosted by these two until July 31, 1970, when Chet Huntley retires.

1986
Hundred of city leaders and officials turn out for a lavish celebration atop the parking garage for the new $200 million Rivercenter Mall to inspect the construction. Mayor Henry Cisneros exclaims, “This is the greatest day for downtown San Antonio since Mayor W. W. McAllister announced… the World’s Fair in 1965.”  When completed, the mall will include a 42-story, 1,000-room Marriott Hotel, which will be the tallest building in San Antonio.

 

October 28 in San Antonio history…

1929
After five months of work, the owners of the Milam Cafeteria announce the opening of another cafeteria in the Central Building at 313 W. Houston Street (right).

1965
City Council today approved final plans for San Antonio’s planned $8 million Convention Center.

1975
The rock band Rush plays their first concert in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo. Heyoka opens the show.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

1929
The City Central Bank today will join the ranks of the very few buildings in San Antonio which are equipped with new dial telephones.  By 1931, the entire city is expected to be using dial phones.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

2003
Santikos opens the new Mayan 14-screen theater, replacing the Century Plaza 8 complex, built in 1968 as the Century South, San Antonio’s first multiplex.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1918
Ending with his sensational “Slide to Death” from the eight-story Alamo National Bank building, Johnny Reynolds, the “human fly,” will put on the most spectacular free show of the week tonight at 8 o’clock in the interest of the Liberty Loan.

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.

1929
“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread (right) along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

 

September 23 in San Antonio history…

1929
The new underground restaurant in the Gunter Hotel – The Caveteria – opens today.

1950
The Fiesta Drive-In opens at 5545 W. Commerce Street. It closed Sept. 1, 1970.

1960
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

1929
Studer Camera Company is established by Ben Studer in a small building on the front of a lot at 2118 Main Avenue.

1940
A severe thunderstorm with wind gusts up to 80 m.p.h. blows into San Antonio uprooting trees and tearing the roofs off buildings, including thousands of dollars damage to Edison High School’s stadium.

1940
City commissioners adopt a resolution renaming Riverside Theater for the late Edwin P. Arneson.

June 28 in San Antonio history…

1929
Architect Robert H. H. Hugman meets with with Mayor Chambers, two city commissioners, a group of property owners, and other civic leaders and began his presentation on river beautification entitled “Shops of Aragon and Romula.”  The plan, which would become the San Antonio Riverwalk, was based on old world cities in Spain and France.

1946
Dr. E. J. Arendt, acting health director asks P. L. Anderson, Police and Fire Commissioner, for help in enforcing the polio ban and is refused.

2004
Chlorine gas released from a derailed train tanker car near Loop 1604 and Nelson Road kills three people and sends 50 more to area hospitals. The derailment was caused when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, moving east onto a sidetrack, was struck by a westbound Union Pacific train, which failed to stop. The collision was one of eight train derailments that happened in the San Antonio area that year.

June 8 in San Antonio history…

1929
Construction of the Sunken Garden Theater is begun.

1946
The state department of health called for the chlorination of all water supplies in San Antonio, in spite of opposition to the measure from the city water board which fears it will cause “hysteria.”

1962
A front page article in the San Antonio Light declares that a Texan and former U.S. Marine who once said he “would never return to the United States for any reason” was on his way home with his baby daughter and Russian bride. His name? Lee Harvey Oswald.