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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.

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March 14 in San Antonio history…

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]

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.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1852
The cornerstone for the Paine Methodist Episcopal Church, the first Protestant church in San Antonio, is laid on Soledad street.

1918
A benefit football game will be held at League Park today between the Camp Mabry and Camp Travis gridders.  All proceeds will go to the United War Work Fund.  An airplane will drop the football onto the field before the game.  As far as it is known, this is the first time an airplane will be used to begin a football game.

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.  There is also a private bathroom, a radio receiving set and a telephone in every room.

1978
The character actor, Victor Sen Yung, who played Hop Sing in “Bonanza” and “No. 2 Son” in the Charlie Chan movies, was in San Antonio today selling woks.  He regaled shoppers at two Joske’s stores during demonstrations of cooking with a Farberware wok.

September 16 in San Antonio history…

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

1918 – World War I
“Clean Up Week,” a six-day clean up and salvage campaign, begins today all across Texas.  Mayor Bell has asked all San Antonians to reclaim all materials that might be salvaged and to assist the city in tidying up and improving sanitary conditions.

1930
The Prospect Hill library has its grand opening 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.

August 24 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The House of Representatives declares today that the draft age will be set from 18 to 45 years.  An amendment to take in all aliens who are subjects of any of the countries allied with the United States was also adopted.

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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).

1987
A 13-member committee chooses the 47-acre site of the former Alamo Iron Works to be the future location of the proposed domed stadium.

June 20 in San Antonio history…

1918 
Albert Friedrich places this advertisement in the San Antonio newspapers offering his horn and curio collection for sale.

1930
Randolph Field is dedicated in front of 20,000 San Antonians and visitors.  Brig. Gen. Frank P. Lahm, commander of the Air Corps Training Center, called it “the best site I have ever seen for a flying field.”  Texas Governor Dan Moody was forced to scramble from his car when it caught fire leaving the event but the auto was quickly extinguished by nearby firemen.

1972
The Eagles make their first appearance in San Antonio, opening for Jethro Tull at Convention Center Arena.

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.