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April 4 in San Antonio history…

1900
The Carnegie free library is to be located in this city, it was announced.

1934
San Antonio police announced today that they believe that Clyde Barrow and his notorious partners in crime have been in San Antonio in the last 24 hours.  A man who refused to reveal his identity told police he had positively seen Bonnie Parker driving a car on East Commerce street two days ago.  In the car with here, he said, was a man.  The informant was positive because he had known Miss Parker for many years in Dallas.

1968
San Antonians are shocked to learn of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

March 21 in San Antonio history…

1934
Actor Al Freeman, Jr. is born in San Antonio.  In 1979, he became the first African-American actor to win a daytime Emmy award for his portrayal of Police Captain Ed Hall in the soap opera “One Life to Live.”  He also appeared in movies such as “Lillies of the Field” with Sidney Poitier and Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X.”

1952
San Antonio will be attached to the family of cities served by network television July 1, it was revealed today.  The announcement came from the long-line department of American Telephone and Telegraph Co.

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Central Park Mall holds its grand opening.

November 17 in San Antonio history….

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

1934
Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. LBJ didn’t have a wedding band for her and had asked Dan Quill, friend and Postmaster of San Antonio, to get one. Quill bought a wedding band at the nearby Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $2.50.  (The Sears store was located in what is now called the Tower Life Building.) After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

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Tosh Togo (right), a wrestler making his first appearance in San Antonio, fights to a draw in a 15-minute match with Larry Chene at Wrestlethon at Municipal Auditorium.  (Togo’s real name was Toshiyuki “Harold” Sakata, and he would find fame ten years later as the mute henchman to the titular villain in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.”)

 

September 28 in San Antonio history…

1916
A new signal, an electric horn, which will warn pedestrians and vehicles of approaching fire-fighting apparatus, has been ordered on the recommendation of City Electrician Claude Convers and will be installed by him at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s streets. It will be operated on the Gamewell circuit and the moment a fire call is given, which will send fire motors from the central station northward on St. Mary’s street, this horn will begin sounding.  The sound, according to Mr. Convers, is unlike any sound now in use in the city and will be easily distinguishable.

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The City Central Bank and Trust, one of the larger banks in the city, closes by order of the State Banking Commission.  This sparks a “run” on another large bank in town – Frost Bank.  The president of NBC Bank instructs employees to accept no new accounts from those who had withdrawn their funds from Frost. “That’s a sound bank,” said president J. K. Baretta.  “If they’ll withdraw from Frost, they’ll do the same thing to us later.”

1934
Cab Calloway and his New York Cotton Club entertainers opened a week’s engagement at the Majestic Theater (right).

August 16 in San Antonio history…

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Donald “Donnie” Roan Dunagan is born in San Antonio.  Mr. Dunagan served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted 13 times in 21 years, retiring with the rank of Major.  He was the Marine Corp’s youngest drill instructor.  He also served three tours in Vietnam and earned the Purple Heart three times and the Bronze Star. However, you may know him as thevoice of Walt Disney’s “Bambi.”

1940
The river theater will be named the Arneson Open-Air Theater in honor of the late Edwin P. Arneson, if the city-accepts the suggestion of the San Antonio Technical Club. Mayor Maury Maverick announced today he had received resolutions adopted by this club asking that this honor be bestowed. The mayor said he presumed the city would accede to the request.

1999
North East School District opens their first new high school since 1976 – Ronald Reagan High School – off Huebner Road north of Loop 1604.

August 8 in San Antonio history…

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1934
Scores of striking pecan shellers menaced with stones and sticks the manager of a San Antonio pecan-shelling company.  The manager stayed the crowd by brandishing a pistol until police arrived.

1936
Tommy Dorsey (right) and his orchestra begin a one-week engagement at the Olmos Dinner Club on San Pedro Avenue.

1987
The doors close for the final time on the downtown Joske’s store to prepare for a storewide renovation and transformation into Dillard’s.

 

June 2 in San Antonio history…

1934
Officials announced completion of a federally-financed restoration job on San Antonio’s San Jose mission.

1963
The Westfall branch library opens.

1966
The proposal of the Aerial Transportation Company to install and operate a skyride in Hemisfair and the downtown area was approved today by the City Council.  Approval of the council was necessary since the ride, following the six-month fair, will become the property of the city. The contract gives the Aerial Transportation Company, comprised of Randy Clay, Austin Hemphill and B.J. “Red” McCombs, a 15-year concession on the ride following the fair.  During that period, the company will pay the city 28 percent of the gross revenues.

May 20 in San Antonio history…

1927
In a spectacle, immensity of which almost took the breath away, 200 airplanes and a dirigible airship passed in aerial review before high ranking officers and the secretary of war at Kelly Field this morning.

1934
A debate on the question of unifying U.S. air forces as a separate military service was scheduled for graduation exercises at San Antonio Military Academy.

1956
One of the Army’s most powerful weapons – the 250mm “atomic gun” will be on public display at Randolph Air Force Base today during the Armed Forces Week Open House.  A crew from Ft. Sill, Oklahoma will mount the 85-ton cannon and ready it for firing.  This part of the exhibit is being planned by Post Ordinance at Fort Sam Houston.

November 17 in San Antonio history…

1915
The Liberty Bell comes to San Antonio on its way from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco to its home in Philadelphia.  It was scheduled to arrive at 11:00 but showed up two hours and forty minutes late.  An estimated 40,000 San Antonians showed up to get a look at the bell.

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

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Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. LBJ didn’t have a wedding band for her and had asked Dan Quill, friend and Postmaster of San Antonio, to get one. Quill bought a wedding band at the nearby Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $2.50.  (The Sears store was located in what is now called the Tower Life Building.) After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

September 28 in San Antonio history…

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Cab Calloway and his New York Cotton Club entertainers opened a week’s engagement at the Majestic Theater (right).

1992
After 113 years in St. Louis, Southwestern Bell Telephone announces plans to move its headquarters to San Antonio.  “It will be the biggest economic development announcement in our city in our lifetime,” exclaimed Joe Krier, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

2009
Neighbors awoke to barking dogs and the sound of police cars converging on the corner of La Manda Boulevard and Neer Avenue, near the Westfall Library branch,  on the North Side early this morning.  Responding to a 6 a.m. disturbance call, the officers disarmed and took into custody a neighborhood intruder – a 4-foot alligator.  They couldn’t get hold of a game warden at that hour, so they duct-taped the reptile’s jaw shut and put it in the back of a van used for transporting prisoners. No other prisoners were in the van at the time.