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December 18 in San Antonio history…

Because of its afternoon publication, the San Antonio Light scoops the rival Express newspaper, bringing news of the first airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (right).

Arturo Trevino, a local grocer, paid $3 for an airplane flight over the city and jumped to his death 3,500 feet above his grocery store.  He missed the store and his body crashed through the residence of Frank Padalecki next door.  Trevino’s body went through the tin roof, ceiling and floor, breaking a gas main under the house.

Mayor Henry Cisneros presides at dedication ceremonies for the Paseo del Alamo pedestrian walkway linking the Alamo and the San Antonio River. The Hyatt Regency Hotel also holds an invitation-only grand opening party.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Power & Light Company begins operation.

Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”

Omni/Vanir Joint Venture unveils the model for Fiesta Plaza, a $22 million retail center that will be the centerpiece of the Vista Verde South revitalization effort.

November 22 in San Antonio history…

The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

Staacke Bros. places a newspaper advertisement announcing a sale on all “vehicles” – meaning carriages. From this point on, they will sell automobiles only.

Restauranteur Phil Romano sells his Macaroni Grill in Leon Springs to Chili’s Inc. for 152,000 shares of stock worth $5 million.

September 30 in San Antonio history…

The upkeep of the Alamo was placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

Professional rat exterminators are called to the Bexar County Courthouse to determine the cost of ridding the structure of marijuana-eating rats. The rodents have been seen on all five floors and were discovered eating marijuana evidence stored by the sheriff’s officers in the basement.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

Hugo & Schmeltzer’s store at Commerce and Navarro streets is destroyed by fire when two young men in the basement were transferring alcohol from a barrel to other containers while standing too near an open flame.  The barrel exploded and burned them severely.  The firemen managed to save Groos Bank and Hannig & Standen’s furniture store.

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

The San Antonio Express features an article on San Antonio businessman Morris Stern who is one of about 3,000 people in the United States to wear a new glass contact lens, specially ground in Germany by Carl Zeiss, to correct vision in one of his eyes.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio public schools are placed under city control.

The city’s first parking meters arrive and are installed.

The San Antonio Light reports that Duke Ellington has cancelled his tour of Texas and the south, including an engagement for San Antonio’s Municipal Auditorium next month.

August 9 in San Antonio history…

A real estate deed was filed this morning for the conveyance of the old Andrews homestead on Dallas for the Physicians and Surgeons Hospitals for $11,000.

It was revealed that San Jose Mission was being neglected, with its surroundings consisting mainly of weeds and rubbish piles.

Amid reports of a second atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, Russia declared war on Japan and immediately sent troops across the eastern and western borders of Manchuria.


August 8 in San Antonio history…

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

Weatherman J. H. Jarboe reported that last month’s average high temperature of 97.4 degrees was the hottest ever in San Antonio.  The previous record was 97.2 degrees in 1925.

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

July 21 in San Antonio history…

Thomas “Fats” Waller plays a concert in the Colored Library Auditorium.

The city health department turned down the San Antonio Country Club’s request to open their pool.  The department stated that more adults are becoming polio victims than in previous epidemics and all pools in the city should remain closed.

Southwest Airlines opens San Antonio International Airport’s first ground level jetway gate.

July 6 in San Antonio history…

Singer Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees perform at the Olmos Dinner Club.

If he is arrested for defying the city health board’s polio ban by opening the Highland Terrace Methodist church to children 14 years and under, Rev. Wood H. Patrick, pastor, says he will personally investigate the reported polio cases and obtain affidavits that some of the illnesses are other than polio.

A U.S. Backruptcy Court judge in New York dissolves all contracts and leases held by Frost Bros. and instructs the defunct retailer to vacate all property by next Friday, July 14.  This effectively ends Frost Bros. nearly 72 year history of high-fashion retailing in San Antonio.