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November 23 in San Antonio history…

1885
The first regular mail run on the San Antonio-Aransas Pass railway embarked at 5:15 today from the Flores Street station.

1936
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.”

1957
The city receives a small snowfall of 0.4 inches.  This is the first-ever snowfall before Thanksgiving in San Antonio.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1923
Mark Twain Junior High School is dedicated.

1930
The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.

1936
Westmoorland College becomes the University of San Antonio.

September 10 in San Antonio history…

1921
With a known death list of 37 that may total more than 200 when all the missing are accounted for, and with a property loss of near $5 million, San Antonio was suffering the worst flood in its history.

1936
The Majestic Theater offers kids 12 years old and under an opportunity to see “The Texas Rangers” movie for two box tops from Kellogg’s Corn Flakes plus five cents.

1984
The Express-News becomes an all-day, 24-hour newspaper with separate and distinct morning and afternoon editions.  One new street edition is added in the afternoon, bringing the total to three morning editions and three afternoon editions.  “This is the most significant step we have taken since News America bought the Express-News a decade ago,” said editor and publisher Charles O. Kilpatrick.

September 3 in San Antonio history…

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

1940
Edgewood High School opens for the first time.

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PM Magazine, with hosts Mario Bosquez and Peggy Kokernot, debuts on KSAT Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m.

August 28 in San Antonio history…

1874
Pope Pius IX creates the San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1936
The first day of the parking meters appeared to be a success in so far as preventing double parking is concerned. Delivery trucks were pulled flush to the curb while their drivers conducted business.

1955
San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was “going ahead with plans” to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term. Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day also, the same day that Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.

August 8 in San Antonio history…

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

1949
The Parks Department today started its fourth round of DDT spraying of the city. Each round takes about 20 days at a cost of $300 a day according to Joe Ridgeway, superintendent of rivers and ditches

1987
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 29 in San Antonio history…

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1973
A supergroup made of of guitarist Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice play Municipal Auditorium.  The opening act is Spooky Tooth, featuring lead singer Gary “Dream Weaver” Wright and future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones.

1976
An estimated 100,000 people turned out today for the grand opening of Windsor Park Mall, San Antonio’s largest enclosed regional shopping center.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

1878
A stone marker is placed on Ben Milam’s grave in Washington Square Park [now Milam Park.]

1936
A barbecue is held at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne to celebrate the completion of the San Antonio – Boerne – Kerrville – Fredericksburg highway to be known as State Highway 9/US Highway 87.  The barbecue is given by a group of San Antonio businessmen and owners of property along the new highway near the city and is an invitation-only affair. It is supervised by W. W. Wolfe of Wolfe’s Inn.

1991
Legislation is introduced to create a Texas state lottery.

June 17 in San Antonio history…

1905
Fred Tolle, proprietor of the Stock Exchange saloon on Dolorosa street, and his phonograph are defendants in an injunction suit issued today by Fred Terrell and Sarah Hickman, owners of the Southern Hotel.    They claim that the phonograph “talks from early morning to late at night, or sings and whistles, rings bells, gives long band concerts” and reproduces the arrival and departures of passenger trains, causing disturbances to their hotel patrons.

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Mayor C.K. Quin, accompanied by city officials and dignitaries, dedicates the new air-conditioning system in Joske’s one day before their semi-annual sale.  The ceremony is broadcast live over radio station KTSA and the scissors used to cut the ribbon are the same scissors used in the official opening of the Dallas Centennial Exposition.
“Not only should this new Air-Conditioning prove a convenience for our patrons these hot days, but it should be so invigorating and healthful for us who work in Joske’s—that better service to our customers is a certainty,” said J.H. Calvert, President.

1976
The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

June 16 in San Antonio history…

1927
After being found between the mission and the San Antonio River, the stolen altar bell of San Jose is back on its ancient shelf today.

1936
The name of municipal airport is changed from Winburn Field back to Stinson Field.

1979
The Cable House (right), the winter home of Rock Island President Phylander L. Cable, is slated to be demolished by Southwest Research Institute.  The house dates to 1883.