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March 22 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Conservation Society is organized to save the old Market House and the San Antonio River.

“West Point of the Air,” a new movie with scenes filmed at Randolph Field and starring Wallace Beery, Robert Young, Maureen O’Sullivan and Rosalind Russell, holds its world premiere at the Majestic Theater.

In advance of a May 12 Federal Court hearing, the City Council repeals the June 19, 1954 ordinance (No. 20307) prohibiting people of color from city swimming pools.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

Since the passing of the ordinance on August 4, there are now 16 licensed “bawdy houses” or brothels in the city.

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.

The city begins installing signs at intersections that are exceptions to the new state law permitting right turns on red lights that went into effect at midnight.  Right turns on red will be allowed at 642 intersections involving 2,300 approaches in San Antonio.


August 19 in San Antonio history…

Mayor C. K. Quin Monday 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.

Local builders today claimed San Antonio needs 10,000 new homes “just to catch up” with present demand. Noting new homes are sold before they are even completed, they said 15,000 suitable sites exist on the north side.

Garth Brooks makes his first ever concert appearance in the area at the Bluebonnet Palace in Schertz.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

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.

Aerosmith, promoting their “Toys In the Attic” album, opens for ZZ Top in Convention Center Arena.

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

April 28 in San Antonio history…

A carnival ride in Milam Square collapsed, 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.

A developer has announced plans for a 28- acre Islamic-oriented condominium and retail center to be constructed on the northwest side of the city. Insha Development Co. announced that the $26 million project would be called Safa City and would contain 300 housing units, a mosque, school, shops, gardens, picnic areas and fountains. The land for the project was purchased a year ago for $1.8 million in an area two miles southwest of Ingram Park Mall.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

Gen. Robert E. Lee, who with other pioneer churchmen and patriots established St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, will be honored by unveiling of marker at church by Daughters of Confederacy today at 8 p. m.

A nationwide telephone strike begins at 6 a.m.  1,300 members of the telephone workers union are off the job in San Antonio. Local phone service on the dial system will not be affected until the lack of maintenance work causes breakdowns, it was pointed out by Paul West, district manager of the Southwestern Bell Company. How long this will be is anybody’s guess. A supervisory force is manning switchboards, West said, and is prepared to handle a limited number of long-distance and other calls requiring an operator. He urged telephone users to avoid all such as far as possible.

The Federal Courthouse on Durango Street is renamed the John H. Wood, Jr. U. S. Courthouse in honor of slain U. S. District Judge John H. Wood who was assassinated in May 29, 1979.  U. S. Senator John Tower and U. S. Representative Tom Loeffler speak at the dedication ceremony in the courthouse rotunda.

March 17 in San Antonio history…

In making excavation for the brick  foundation of the new Westminster Presbyterian church on Garden St, Contractor Finney struck the old underground passage supposed to have existed between the first mission and the Alamo. The ditch was 20 feet deep and Mr. Finley was compelled to go to the bottom of it to start his foundations. This Passage has been discovered twice previously: three years ago at the corner of Alamo and Garden st. and again on E. Commerce at the intersection of St. Joseph’s street.

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

Little Rock, Ark.-based Dillard’s opens its first San Antonio store, a 150,000-square-foot location in Central Park Mall.

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

October 26 in San Antonio history…

The Army’s largest non-rigid dirigible, the TC-13, was lodged in a huge Brooks Field hangar before continuing a journey to Sunnyvale, California.

Over protests of one commissioner who wanted the new coliseum to be named for a deceased war hero, it was named in honor of Joe Freeman today.  The official name is Joe Freeman Bexar County Coliseum.

James Taylor comes to San Antonio for the first time in support of his “Sweet Baby James” album.  He plays Municipal Auditorium.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
President Wilson has been informed that the next communication from Berlin on the sinking of the liner Arabic will be of a character satisfactory to the United States.  Following the telegram which the ambassador forwarded to the State Department by direction of his government, declaring it was not the intention of Germany that any American lives should be sacrificed in the sinking of the ship, this development was regarded as indicating that Germany would make some proposal satisfactory to the United States respecting submarine attacks on vessels purely of a passenger carrying nature.

Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

With Bexar County going wet by a 6-to-1 majority, the largest in the state, Texas voters came out strongly for a constitutional amendment repealing prohibition.

A festive dedication celebration is planned for today’s opening of the new San Antonio Community Hospital. Dubbed “Night in New San Antonio Community Hospital,” the celebration will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the 316-bed acute care facility located in the Medical Center.

August 19 in San Antonio history…

Mayor C. K. Quin Monday 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.

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.)

The temperature reaches 108 degrees, a record that will stand until September of 2000.