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November 10 in San Antonio history…

1859
The San Antonio Daily Ledger and Texan newspaper is first published.

1935
The governor has indicated his approval of a bill in the legislature which will allow condemnation of property around the Alamo.  Those backing the bill seek to restore historic landmarks.

1968
KBUC Grand “New” Opry plays Municipal Auditorium, featuring newer country artists Charley Pride, Conway Twitty & the Lonely Blue Boys, Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers, Stonewall Jackson & His Minutemen and Jeanie C. Riley

August 20 in San Antonio history…

1911
The cornerstone of Hermann Sons Hall is laid.

1918
Married women will hereafter be permitted to secure positions to public schools of the city as the result of the action taken today at a meeting of the San Antonio School Board.  The action was taken as a “war time necessity” with the provision that each applicant be passed upon individually.

1935
The rock from the old post office, quarried from the hills of Texas prior to 1888, will go into a $1 million Catholic shrine, to be built during the centennial.  The shrine, to be dedicated to St. Anthony, will be one of the finest in the United States. Entrance to the structure will be a replica of the Alamo, which was the first shrine to St. Anthony in the United States. The new national shrine will be known as the New Alamo.

 

August 19 in San Antonio history…

1935
Mayor C. K. Quin today ordered a series of mural paintings taken from the walls of the foyer of the Municipal Auditorium, after their presence was protested by the American Legion Central Council of Bexar County. The paintings by Xavier Gonzales, were criticized for containing hidden Communist symbols.

1970
The name of prominent San Antonio attorney John Howland Wood, Jr. has been submitted to President Nixon by U.S. Senator John Tower with the recommendation he be appointed to a new federal judgeship here.
(Judge Wood served as District Judge until May 29, 1979, when he was assassinated by Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson.)

2010
City Council passes a smoking ordinance that closes exemptions that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs and restaurants with enclosed smoking areas. The ordinance goes into effect on August 19, 2011.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

1891
The city ordinance is demanding that the steam railways running through the city slow their speed down to six miles an hour.

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill spurned pleas from a veterans organization that oak trees planted in front of the old post office by Teddy Roosevelt not be chopped down.

2002
San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio’s drinking water after a decades-long debate.

April 28 in San Antonio history…

1909
Boerne Mayor J. Willke fines an individual $5 for exceeding the speed limit in the City of Boerne. Apparently, the speed limit on Main Street at that time was 15 miles per hour.

1935
A carnival ride in Milam Square collapses, injuring eight people.

1958San Antonio Express, 29 April 1953
Two tornadoes (later rated F3 and F4) strike Bexar County in the area of Helotes, killing two people and injuring twenty.

 

March 17 in San Antonio history…

1935
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas dedicates the park on the Alamo grounds.

1969
The city first dyes the San Antonio River green for St. Patrick’s Day.

1977
Radio station KEXL (right) goes off the air.

November 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Marshal Foch will receive the armistice delegation of four German officers bearing white flags at 5:00 p.m. French time (11:00 a.m. Central).

1935
A party of seven Japanese Air Corps officers and one aeronautical engineer concluded a tour of U.S. and European bases with a visit to Kelly and Randolph Air Fields.

1949
First live broadcast over WOAI-TV got underway this afternoon at Alamo Stadium gymnasium. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Appliance Association, the shows will extend over a three-day period and will feature professional and amateur talent.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

1918
Recently, Albert Steves, Jr. took a trip to Houston via the most direct route through Gonzales, Columbus and Flatonia.  The road through Victoria, Cuero and Richmond is 30 miles longer but a much better road.  Mr. Steve’s writes that there were not two miles on the Gonzales route where he could make 25 miles per hour and the only word fit for the roads he took is “horrible.”

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

1945
Publication of the San Antonio Light, Express and Evening News was suspended when members of the American Typographical Union walked out of the composing rooms of these three newspapers.

August 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Calisthenic drills by the infantry arm, which in former years were an exceedingly interesting and popular feature at Fort Sam Houston, have been resumed, and the general public is invited to witness the drills, which will take place at the Upper Post from 7:30 to 8 a.m Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

1935
Mayor C. K. Quin today ordered a series of mural paintings taken from the walls of the foyer of the Municipal Auditorium, after their presence was protested by the American Legion Central Council of Bexar County. The paintings by Xavier Gonzales, were criticized for containing hidden Communist symbols.

1980
San Antonio will have to wait until October to learn the fate of its request for a $29.5 million federal grant to help develop a $150 million Tiendas del Rio shopping center east of Joske’s of Texas downtown store.  (Tiendas del Rio was later renamed Rivercenter Mall.)

July 25 in San Antonio history…

1906
The police today are all dressed in their new summerweight uniforms and hats and helmets.  They seem exalted that their days of sweltering in the heavy winter clothing are over.

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill spurned pleas from a veterans organization that oak trees planted in front of the old post office by Teddy Roosevelt not be chopped down.

2010
Rihanna and Ke$ha make their debut San Antonio appearances, along with Travie McCoy in a concert at the AT&T Center.