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December 8 in San Antonio history…

1902
Local businessman G. Bedell Moore offers to donate to the Carnegie Library a sum of $10,000 to be known as the “Alice Moore Fund” with the proceeds to be used to purchase books, the term of the fund to last for ten years from Jan. 1, 1903.

1930
The Southern Pacific office in Boerne was badly damaged when thieves used explosives to blow open a safe.  The yeggs escaped with about $45 in cash.

1942
A demonstration of “walky-talky” radio telephone equipment and communications instruments used in flying forts will highlight today’s luncheon program of the Optimist Club at the Gunter Hotel.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1923
Mark Twain Junior High School is dedicated.

1930
The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

1936
Westmoorland College becomes the University of San Antonio.

October 15 in San Antonio history…

1930
Following a 10-minute christening and inaugural ceremony, the first airmail plane flying out of San Antonio on the new Southern Transcontinental air route took off from Winburn Field for Los Angeles.

1954
A $1.95 ticket buys admission to a blues show at the Carver Library Auditorium featuring T-Bone Walker, Faye Adams, Lowell Fulson, Memphis Slim and his House Rockers and a 24 year-old Ray Charles.

1955
Local television station WOAI Channel 4 begins broadcasting in color from its studios today.  WOAI is the sixteenth station in the world to be equipped to telecast live local color programs.  The station has invested $500,000 in new equipment and construction to facilitate color broadcasting.  The WOAI-TV color system is compatible with black and white so that all viewers without color televisions will be able to view the broadcasts in monochrome.

 

September 16 in San Antonio history…

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1930
The Prospect Hill library opens at 1 p.m. today at 2322 Buena Vista. Mrs. Mary Walthall will be the librarian at the branch.  The library will be open every day except Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

2005
The Shops at La Cantera, a new mall located on 1604 West near Interstate 10, opens today.

August 24 in San Antonio history…

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The $2,000,000 Aurora Apartment Hotel opens in the Tobin Hill area at Howard and Laurel streets across from Crockett Park (right).

1979
The gasoline supply situation in San Antonio appears to be the best in the past several months, and many service station operators report they have more fuel and are staying open longer hours.

2007
Mission Drive-In reopens for a last hurrah after extensive vandalism in the spring.

March 31 in San Antonio history…

1930
The New York Yankees, with sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, play the San Antonio Indians in an exhibition game at League Park.  The Yanks won, 14-1.  After the game, “Ruth was the principal speaker and drawing card at a rally of Knothole Gang members, their parents and friends in the Municipal Auditorium. Probably 2,000 youngsters heard Ruth advise clean living, obedience of parents, plenty of sleep and attention to scboolwork,” beamed the San Antonio Light.  The Yanks head for Austin the next morning to play the University of Texas.

1986
The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes.  It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.

1994
The San Antonio City Council rejects a $1 million offer from the Halo Distributing Company to name the new baseball stadium “Miller Stadium” after Miller beer.  “I’ve got a check for a million bucks and nobody wants it,” says Dennis O’Malley, president of Halo.

March 14 in San Antonio history…

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Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street.  The Light‘s new plant will be one of the most modern in the country. [Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News]

1956
City Councilman Henry B. Gonzalez today proposed that the city act to desegregate the Alamo Heights swimming pool along with city pools, which had been ruled off-limits to people of color on June 19, 1954 – Juneteenth – and one month and two days after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case ruled that segregation was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

1973
Closed mouths and cautious comments were the order of  the day today after The News reported exclusively that San Antonio is likely to be the new home of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. Roger Zeller, president of Columbia Industries and the only local man of the prospective group of buyers to be identified thus far, had no comment to make and was reluctant to admit a San Antonio group was bidding for the Chaps.

February 19 in San Antonio history…

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The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.  

1930
Radio station KGRC changes its call letters to KONO.

1939
Hagy-McCollum-Murray announce the purchase of their newest addition to their ambulance fleet – the first air-conditioned ambulance in the city.  The vehicle is 20 feet long with a custom body by Sayers and Scoville mounted on a LaSalle chassis.  The interior “is done in mahogany wood, chromium trimmed and rich red Spanish leather.”

February 10 in San Antonio history…

1870
A resolution is passed by city council to donate 40 acres of ground to the military on the eastern  portion of the city, on the site of the government corral near the present site of the post.  By this  grant, San Antonio won the military from Austin.  The post would become Fort Sam Houston.

1930
When Sgt. A. F. Farrar jumped from a disabled Dodd Field plane, the form-fitting, back-type parachute designed by Master Sgt. E. H. Nichols, Brooks Field, received its first emergency test and proved highly successful.

1986
George Strait plays the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.

January 18 in San Antonio history…

1886
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.

1928
Pedestrian traffic control will be inaugurated in San Antonio within 30 days, police said today.  Equipment for installing pedestrian signal lights arrived today.  The city commission must now assess penalties for jaywalking.

1930
San Antonio shivered in its coldest winter temperature recorded since 1899 as the temperature fell to an 11 degree reading.  A four degree reading was recorded in 1899.