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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.

 

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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.

January 31 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Private Jesse E. Owens was sentenced today to seven years in the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas following his conviction by a court-martial of willfully burning and destroying government clothing.  Owens escaped from the guardhouse at the camp January 21, while serving a short sentence for a minor offense.  He came to San Antonio and was arrested the following day.  In the meantime, he burned the clothing valued at $8.47.  Owens is a negro.

1935
A The completion of a $500,000 remodeling program makes the St. Anthony Hotel the only air-conditioned hotel in Texas.

1949
The lowest temperature ever in San Antonio is recorded on this day.  The mercury plunges to a brutally cold 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the city shivers under a 4.7 inch snowfall.  This will be the largest snowfall in San Antonio until 1985.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

1917- World War I
Due to the recent riot in Houston, a petition asking withdrawal of all negro troops from Texas signed by all the members of the Texas delegation in Congress was presented at the White House today by Senator Morris Sheppard and laid before President Wilson.  White House officials did not indicate what action might be expected from the President.

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.

1976
Elvis Presley plays the Convention Center Arena for his final San Antonio appearance.

August 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The 94th Aero Squadron is organized at Kelly Field.  The squadron was one of the first American pursuit squadrons to reach the Western Front and see combat, becoming one of the most famous. The 94th was highly publicized in the American print media of the time, and its exploits “over there” were widely reported on the home front. Its squadron emblem, the “Hat in the Ring” became a symbol in the minds of the American Public of the American Air Service of World War I. Three notable air aces served with the squadron, Eddie Rickenbacker, who was awarded almost every decoration attainable, including the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross.

1935
The rock in 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 Unitet States. The new national shrine will be known as the New Alamo.

1954
A malfunction in the mechanism to raise and lower the new tainter gate installed in the San Antonio River at Market Street caused the gate to crash with enough force to be heard and felt for blocks this afternoon.

August 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
As a testimonial of their confidence in his ability and the ultimate success of the expedition he has led to France, the San Antonio Rotary club will send a signed message to General John J. Pershing, in command of the American forces Europe. General Pershing is an honorary member of the San Antonio organization.  Part of the message follows:
“Your selection as commander of the American army in France is a  matter of great pride to all Rotarians, especially to those of the club in San Antonio. We rejoice in every honor which comes to you. We eagerly follow your actions in the great war and await your achievements in absolute confidence. We are keeping the choicest place at our table and in our hearts for your happy return.
Respectfully and sincerely,
YOUR FELLOW ROTARIANS

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.

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.