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June 9 in San Antonio history…

1926
Mayor Tobin outlined plans to convert the downtown river into a veritable fairyland, rivaling in beauty the canals of Venice.

1932
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.

2004
In his first appearance in the Alamo city since 1983, Prince plays the SBC Center.

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May 9 in San Antonio history…

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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.)

1965
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.)

1992
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.

May 3 in San Antonio history…

1932
Rather than charge an admission fee to the Witte Memorial Museum, the building will be open to the public only four hours a day and staff salaries temporarily will be cut in half, it was decided today.

1972
Singer-songwriter Mike Reid performs a Pops concert with the San Antonio Symphony in Convention Center Banquet Hall. Because of his occupation as defensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals (1970-1974), he is billed as “The Violent Virtuoso.”  He would later write successful hits for Bonnie Raitt (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”) and Alabama (“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go.”)

1985
Comedian Eddie Murphy performs at Municipal Auditorium. (right)

March 19 in San Antonio history

1840
The Council House Fight takes place in the building across from San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.

1932
Thomas Jefferson High School is dedicated.

1952
City Council today passed an ordinance regulating the use of water in San Antonio.  The prolonged drought, growth of the city,  greater use of water by military installations and increased air-conditioning were given as reasons for the step.

March 10 in San Antonio history…

1894
City Council pass an ordinance requiring both a conductor and a motorman on San Antonio street cars and restricting their speed to 10 miles an hour inside city limits.

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Snow – the first since 1929 – fell on various portions of San Antonio this morning, covering the ground and housetops, as the city remained in the grip of an unusual March cold snap.

1949
The Alameda Theater on Houston Street (right) holds its grand opening.

January 17 in San Antonio history…

1932
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

1940
Referring to tuberculosis as “San Antonio’s Public Enemy Number One”, Mayor Maury Maverick announced today that the city will join the intensive campaign to eradicate the much dreaded disease.

1946
An Army R6A helicopter lands at Brooks Field after flying in from Alexandria, LA in an experimental flight. The ship is one of a few used by the Air Force primarily for rescue work. (Photo courtesy of USAF Museum)

January 7 in San Antonio history…

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The first talking picture is shown as a press premiere at the Aztec Theater:  “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore (right)

1932
Courses at Main Avenue High School will continue after Feb. 1, when many students will leave the school to go to the new Thomas Jefferson High. Main Avenue will accommodate up to 1,000 students then.

1959
Two-thirds of downtown is plunged into a blackout that lasts more than five hours due to moisture in a power plant switch gear box.  The blackout began at 4:37 p.m. and was not resolved until 9:52 p.m.  An elevator operator was stranded in a downtown elevator, a man crashed his car through the window of a furniture store and an elderly man broke a hip falling down some dimly lit stairs.  No other injuries were reported.

December 5 in San Antonio history…

1932
Injuries sustained in a highway accident near Schulenburg caused the death of Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 403 Cleveland Court, Alamo Heights, last living daughter of Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution.

1979
The San Antonio Spurs play the Philadelphia 76’ers in the Spectrum where Darryl Dawkins shatters his second backboard in a month. The game is delayed one hour to fix the backboard and the Spurs lose, 132-120.

1998
Texas A&M defeats the undefeated Kansas State Wildcats, 36-33, in an overtime Big 12 Championship game in the Alamodome.  It was the Aggies’ only Big 12 Championship.

June 6 in San Antonio history…

1932
Future astronaut, David Scott (right), is the first boy born to an officer stationed at Randolph AFB and is given Randolph as a middle name.

1981
The new natatorium opens at 1430 Durango Blvd.

1992
A crowd of 11,308 in Convention Center Arena sees the Force win their home opener, 43-29, over the Arizona Rattlers.

May 8 in San Antonio history..

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The Right Reverend J.C. Neraz (right) was consecrated second bishop of San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
Arrangement have been made for the use of Market Hall as an armory for the Second Texas cavalry, now being organized.  Four of the troops are to be recruited here.  These are Troops A, B, C and D, and they will use the armory on different nights.

1932
Mass meetings will be held by local Communists on May 16 at a N. Center St. address, and on May 17 on the West Side. The party proposed to bring about the dole system as a remedy for unemployment.