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June 8 in San Antonio history…

1929
Construction of the Sunken Garden Theater is begun.

1933
The Reptile Garden opens at the Witte Museum.  (It would close in 1975.)

1955
Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen, stars of the new Disney movie “Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier” are in San Antonio for the movie’s world premiere at the Majestic Theater tonight.

June 1 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Federal Marshal John H. Rogers this morning began checking over the names of German alien enemies who have permits to go within a half-mile of army properties and comparing them with a list of such aliens known to reside or work within the prohibited area. The an nouncement was made that those who have not applied for permits will be arrested at once if located within the forbidden territory. The President’s proclamation, which bars German alien enemies from going or remaining within a half mile of the army post, the arsenal and the aviation camp, went into effect this morning. In all, more than 200 German alien enemies have obtained the requisite permission to stay or go within the half mile area.

1929
The Smith-Young Tower [now Tower Life Building] is completed at a cost of $3 million.  It will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the late 1950s.  The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

1958
Northeast High School is officially renamed Douglas MacArthur High School.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

1917
King Antonio III, attended by members of his court, arrives by train at the International & Great Northern Railroad depot, is given a 21-gun salute and is escorted to the St. Anthony Hotel in a grand procession of decorated automobiles, where he is presented with the keys to the city.

1929
Smoking by uniformed policemen while on duty is forbidden in a general order issued by Police Chief Owen Kilday today.  Exempted from the order are men on dogwatch from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

1968
La Posada Motor Hotel (now La Mansion del Rio) was “eternally opened” today at a 2:30 p.m. ceremony.  Father Louis Blume, S.M., president of St. Mary’s University, Rabbi David Jacobson and Espiscopal Bishop R. Earl Dicus joined in the ecumenical blessing of the new hotel.  Mayor W. W. McAllister then tossed a key off the balcony and into the San Antonio River to officially open the hotel.  “The doors of La Posada will never again be locked,” said Tom Herring, president of the hotel company.  The building previously housed the St. Mary’s School of Law before its conversion into a hotel.

February 23 in San Antonio history…

1720
Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is founded by Father Margil de Jesus, who names it in honor of San Jose, San Miguel and Governor Aguayo (Jose de Azlor y Virto de Vera, the Marquis de Aguayo, appointed Governor of Texas and Coahuila in 1719).  Olivares protests its closeness to Mission San Antonio.  Captain Alazar lays out the 10 leagues distance between the missions required by the Laws of the Indies in order to give it the protection of the presidio.

1929post_office
Fire, apparently started by defective wiring, threatened mail and federal records and did $30,000 damage to San Antonio’s historic federal building in Alamo Plaza (right).

1968
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas formally open the Long Barracks at the Alamo.

February 5 in San Antonio history…

1929
The old City Hall clock which tolled the passing of the hours since it was placed in the tower in 1890 has been declared beyond human aid and will be retired.

1976
City Council declares the Robert E. Lee Hotel a public nuisance.

2010 & 2011
Lady Antebellum performs on this date in two consecutive years at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

December 21 in San Antonio history…

1929
Snow falls on San Antonio!  The town of Clifton, near Waco, receives 24 inches, still the greatest amount of snow ever to fall in Texas.  The Alamo city receives a paltry 2.9 inches of the white stuff.

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.

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

November 3 in San Antonio history…

1929
The three new barless bear pits and Monkey Island at the zoo are completed opened for public viewing.

1960
The Harte-Hanks company buys shares in the San Antonio Express newspaper from the Grice family.

1993
Lanier defeats Fox Tech, 14-7 in the Chili Bowl – the first football game played in the Alamodome.

October 29 in San Antonio history…

1929express
The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right).  The day is inauspicious due to the second day of panic selling on Wall Street.  The stock market crash reaches its crescendo today and will come to be known as “Black Tuesday.”

1953
Under new city legislation enacted this morning, it will be unlawful for a person to operate a bicycle in the period between a half-hour after sundown to one-half hour before sunrise without proper lighting (an electric headlight and an electric taillight or red reflector.)

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.

September 23 in San Antonio history…

1929caveteria
The new underground restaurant in the Gunter Hotel – The Caveteria – opens today. (photo courtesy of the UTSA Zintgraff collection)

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

1966
Former Brackenridge star Warren McVea catches a 99-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Cougars in their game against Washington State.  This is the first football game ever played on Astroturf and still the longest touchdown pass in University of Houston history.

 

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.

1936
Three hundred and twelve aluminum gadgets placed at strategic intervals along the street of downtown San Antonio, were set in motion on this date.  Yes!  That’s right….parking meters.

1990
Comedian Jay Leno entertains at Laurie Auditorium