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January 17 in San Antonio history…

Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.

The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

San Antonio shoppers find a new product on their grocery store shelves today.  Mrs. Baird’s bread (right), a favorite in Texas, arrives in the Alamo City.  The bread joins Mrs. Baird’s cakes, sweet rolls and variety breads which started distribution here in May 1976.

December 16 in San Antonio history…

Four Air Force airmen ended a 42-day space cabin experiment today at the Brooks AFB Aerospace School of Medicine.  Thirty days of the experiment were spent in a pure oxygen atmosphere.  Each of the airmen was presented with a certificate of appreciation and two photographs of the late President John F. Kennedy, who dedicated the school the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.

A blustery cold front blows into San Antonio early in the morning.  The official low temperature at the airport is 38 degrees but the wind chill is a frigid 15 degrees.

After missing their broadcast debut date four times since November 15 due to technical difficulties, KABB Channel 29 slips on the air today.  Their official debut will be Sunday the 20th.

December 15 in San Antonio history…

Legendary R&B singer Jesse Belvin is born in San Antonio.

“Ginny,” a 37-year old Asian elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, kills her keeper by picking him up with her trunk and throwing him to the ground.  Ginny has been at the zoo since 1962 and used to give rides to children.

“The Beacon,” a 28-foot tall sculpture by San Antonio artist Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, is dedicated in the middle of the roundabout at Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

The name of  the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is changed to the Texas & New Orleans, a division of Southern Pacific.

The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This service no longer exists.)

Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

At the instigation of Maury Maverick, the War Veteran’s Relief Camp is organized at Exposition Park where remnants of the Bonus Army are camping.  Maverick is designated the camp director and R. R. Rogers is Camp Commander.  The camp census lists forty-three adults and thirty-two children and is a place where veterans and transients can obtain a meal and a place to sleep.

Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena

The first six K-mart stores in San Antonio, located in buildings formerly occupied by Globe stores, open on the same day.  H. E. Wilcox, western regional vice-president, says, “It’s highly unusual for a chain to open six stores in one day, as we did…  Chicago opened five K-mart stores in one day and that’s as close as we’ve come.”


September 4 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

The San Antonio Evening News publishes its first issue.

San Antonio switches over to the dial telephone system. Telephone exchanges change from Crockett, Travis, Mission and Woodlawn to Belmont, Cathedral, Fannin, Garfield, Kenwood, Lambert, Parkview and Pershing.

August 2 in San Antonio history…

Tax collector Maury Maverick sends a donation of $50 to be used for caring for members of the “veteran’s bonus army” now quartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The telegram follows:  “Herewith is $50 for bonus veterans, the gift of my aged mother, who only wishes she could send more.  I commend your manly attitude for right and justice.  The country applauds you.”

The 95th polio victim in San Antonio is recorded – a 22 year-old woman who is hospitalized at the Nix.

Joske’s holds the first day of a disco dancing contest to win an appearance in the upcoming Allan Carr film tentatively titled “Discoland.”  [Allan Carr was the producer of “Grease.” “Discoland” would be released in 1980 as “Can’t Stop the Music.”]

July 22 in San Antonio history…

The newest thing in the Army is a motorcycle radio section. It consists of the complete equipment of a field wireless carried on three sidecar motorcycles.

Qualified Negro voters in Bexar County will be permitted to vote in the Democratic primary election tomorrow under terms of a mandatory injunction.  Attorney Carl Wright Johnson argued that the courts have granted relief to white voters deprived of the privilege of voting and that the same relief should be open to negro voters deprived of such privilege.

The possibility of opening two or more of the city’s swimming pools will be considered tomorrow by Park Commissioner Henry Hein.  Commenting on the fact that military pools are open, Hein said, “The polio germ is so smart it does not step across the government line.  It respects Uncle Sam.”

June 9 in San Antonio history…

Mayor Tobin outlined plans to convert the downtown river into a veritable fairyland, rivaling in beauty the canals of Venice.

The Southwestern Bell Telephone people are busy planning a campaign for the event they call the Big Conversion. They are getting ready to switch over to the dial telephone system.

In his first appearance in the Alamo city since 1983, Prince plays the SBC Center.

May 9 in San Antonio history…

The USS Akron, mightiest of the dirigibles, passed over the Smith-Young Tower at dusk today. Harold O. Rosendahl, 1934 W. Magnolia, sent a message to his brother Charles E. Rosendahl, commanding the ship. (The Akron would be involved in an accident two days later in San Diego leading to the deaths of two Navy sailors.)

KBER’s Grand Old Opry Show plays Municipal Auditorium with performances by Rusty & Doug (Kershaw), Connie Smith, David Houston, Willie Nelson, George Jones and headliner Roger Miller (who married San Antonian Leah Kendrick in 1964.)

Graduating students at St. Mary’s University left their Saturday commencement with a sheepskin and $1 ahead after receiving a souvenir dollar bill autographed by keynote speaker U.S. Treasurer Catalina Vasquez Villalpando.