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April 1 in San Antonio history…

1918
The San Antonio Traction Company had a bit of trouble with the new time change yesterday.  The cars did not start running on the new schedule yesterday morning.  As a result, a number of people who had to work on Sunday mornings and a large number going to early morning Mass, got out according to the new schedule, found no cars running and had to walk to town.

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 prlncipal 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.
No foolin’.

1937
Crowds gasp in amazement as oil is struck on the grounds of the Alamo.  The well is expected to produce 50,000 barrels a day.  And…of course this is just an April Fool’s joke from the San Antonio Light newspaper.

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March 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Capt. B. H. Fournier, noted San Antonio balloonist, and a five cadets were injured when the balloon in which they were making a trial flight from San Antonio fell from an altitude of 3,200 feet near Killeen today.  “The captain,” said one of the cadets, “was the coolest man in the basket and when we neared the ground, he said calmly, ‘Now limber your knees, boys!  Here she comes!’”  Three cadets were uninjured in the crash.

1930San Antonio Light photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News
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]

2013
Merle Haggard plays Floore’s Country Store in Helotes.

February 20 in San Antonio history…

1920 – Word War I
Six cavalry regiments, instead of five as originally announced, will be organized in the Southern Department.  The sixth organization is to stationed at Fort Sam Houston.  The other five, previously provided for are to be three at Leon Springs, one at Del Rio and one at Ft. Clark, Colorado.

1930
Listing items to be including in the new municipal bond issue, Mayor C.M. Chambers announced today that $75,000 for an old trail driver’s monument on Auditorium Plaza would be submitted to voters for approval.

1938
The Lasso girls, the Jefferson High School girls cheering section, was formed this week with a drum and bugle corps.  The 37-piece group will hold their first meeting at the school, which will furnish instruments.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The airplane that fell inside of Mexican territory months ago when Col. H. S. Bishop and Lieut. W. A. Robertson of the San Diego, Cal., flying station, came near losing their lives, has been salvaged and is now in the repair shops at Kelly Field.  The plane reached San Antonio yesterday by freight, coming from Ajo, Arizona.  It was brought there by civilians who entered Mexico about six weeks ago and hauled the plane out on a motor truck.

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.

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Billy Joel visits brings his “52nd Street” tour to Convention Center Arena.

August 31 in San Antonio history…

1731
First recorded baptism in the parish of San Fernando, Ignacia Agustina Munoz y Morillo.

1917 – World War I
The 103d Aero Squadron is organized at Kelly Field.  Its original complement included pilots from the disbanded Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Corps.

1930
The Texas Theater advertises “Animal Crackers” starring the Marx Brothers plus an upcoming feature starring San Antonio-born Joan Crawford.

 

July 14 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Soldiers’ Club on the sixth floor of the Calcasieu building was formally dedicated last night with a brief but interesting program, and turned over to the enlisted men to operate for their own benefit by the War Recreation Board. Following the entertainment features the following soldiers were elected to serve as a temporary house committee in charge of the club until the organization is affected and officers elected by the men: Sergeant Melba of the Third Field Artillery; Sergeants Magunson and Hankler of the Nineteenth Infantry; Sergeant Stamper and Corporal Coates of the Third Cavalry.

1922
A young man with a gunny sack full of marijuana was arrested by Detective Ruhnke this morning when he spotted the stems poking through the sack.  It is believed to be the largest quantity of the weed to be confiscated by police here since the enactment of a a law against its possession last September.

1930
The Sunken Garden Theatre is dedicated and opened with a performance of “The Bohemian Girl” by the San Antonio Civic Opera.

March 14 in San Antonio history…

1917
Following the reading of an apology by Fred Meister, charged Saturday night with having “abused and cursed the President of the United States,” the complaint against him was dismissed this afternoon.

1930San Antonio Light photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News
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]

1992
Fiesta Texas holds a soft opening today, offering reporters and intrepid souls rides on The Rattler, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. (It held this title until 1994, when The Rattler’s first drop was drastically shortened from 166 to 124 feet, resulting in a reduction of its top speed from 73 to 65 miles per hour.)

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.

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.

1946
The oldest man to ever be drafted appears to be Alex Krisch of 120 E. Cypress Street.  He just received his discharge at Ft. Sam Houston and was 45 years and five months old at the time of his induction in September 1942.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1910dr-legear
The San Antonio Light reports that a giant horse named Dr. LeGear is attracting much attention at the fair.  Dr. LeGear is a dapple seal brown Percheron gelding, 21 hands tall, takes a 32 inch collar, is 16 feet from tip to tip, and is eight years old.

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.

 

November 11 in San Antonio history…

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Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, recently appointed Chief of Staff of the Army, visits San Antonio for an Armistice Day banquet in his honor at the St. Anthony Hotel.  He is presented by Frank Lewis, a boyhood friend from his days as a student at the West Texas Military Academy here (right).

1940
The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

1949
Tech and Jefferson play for the City Conference title.  Each team comes into the game with only one loss. Tech hopes to end a 17-year losing streak to the Mustangs but it is not to be.  Jefferson wins, 20-13.