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April 4 in San Antonio history…

“Throngs of people” crowd the Winerich Motor Sales Company at Third and Broadway to see the brand new front-wheel drive Cord automobiles (right).

San Antonians are shocked to learn of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

The new bridge crossing Salado Creek on Martin Luther King Drive is dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.  on the anniversary of his death.  Mayor Pro Tem Helen Dutmer, Joe Webb, Earl Campbell (superintendent of the San Antonio School District’s Area II) and the Rev. R. A. Callies participate in the ceremony.


April 1 in San Antonio history…

Texas drivers, for the first time in history today, were required to have a license for operating a motor vehicle.

The Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, battle Charlie “Cholly” Engle’s All-Star team in a 14-inning thriller that ends up being called as a 4-4 tie.  The Monarchs had to catch a bus for Houston.  The Monarchs have a new shortstop by the name of Jackie Robinson who, unfortunately, has a double error in the seventh inning, allowing the All-Stars to score the tying run.

First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Johnson is the special guest for the Fiesta de las Luminarias river parade and flips the switch on a new $11,000 aesthetic lighting system along the route.  She also plants an elm tree seedling behind the Villita Assembly Building.  It is from the elm planted on the White House grounds by John Quincy Adams in 1826.

February 26 in San Antonio history…

Amelia Earhart, famed woman flyer, in San Antonio for a visit, spiked rumors that she is planning another around-the-world flight.
(Despite her denial, she was in fact planning an around the world flight.  She left Oakland on May 21, 1937 and disappeared on July 2.)

The USFL’s San Antonio Gunslingers play their first game, a home game at Alamo Stadium, against the New Orleans Breakers…   and lose, 13-10.

After 31 years forecasting San Antonio’s weather, KSAT-TV’s Jim Dawson (right) retires.  He has been with Channel 12 since the station debuted in 1957.

November 27 in San Antonio history…

Eighty-two years ago today, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson recorded “Cross Road Blues” in the Gunter Hotel on Houston Street.  The song would later be notably covered by Cream featuring the guitar prowess of Eric Clapton.

The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio.

For the first time in the history of the event, heavy rain forces the cancellation of the Holiday River Parade after it begins.  Twelve floats made it down the river before the cancellation. Earlier in the evening, the 10,000 lights on the 55-foot white fir in Alamo Plaza were turned on.  The tree is decorated with silver and black ornaments as a tribute to the Spurs.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

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.”

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

“The Art of the Muppets” exhibit goes on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art.  Tickets may be purchased at any Joske’s Ticketmaster location for $2.50 for adults and $0.50 for children.  The exhibit runs through January 13 of next year.

October 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
For the first time in the history of the base hospital at Fort Sam Houston, nursing sisters from the Catholic orders are not only on duty at the hospital, but are living at the hospital until the present [influenza] is passed.

San Antonio had another college added to its list with the acceptance of Westmoorland as a senior college.

A life-size marble casting of Michelangelo’s famous “Pietà,” depicting the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion, will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. today at the Shrine of St. Padre Pio, 3843 Bulverde Parkway. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller will celebrate the unveiling. The work came to the Archdiocese of San Antonio by way of Arte Divine, distributor of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, which authorized and licensed the creation of 100 exact castings of the sculpture. Each was made of Carrara marble.

September 30 in San Antonio history…

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

1918 – World War I
All theaters and dance halls and other amusement halls in this city will be closed to men in uniform upon the appearance of the first case of Spanish influenza at Camp Travis or Ft. Sam Houston, according to an order issued by Brig. Gen. George H. Estes, camp commander, today.

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


September 3 in San Antonio history…

Municipal Auditorium is dedicated as a memorial to the city’s WWI dead.

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

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

August 10 in San Antonio history…

A force of men is today removing the cannons which were unearthed on the Gibbs property at Houston and Avenue D. The largest is to be taken to the Alamo, the next to Col. Gibbs and the other three to the Mavericks.

1918 – World War I
San Antonio’s own Edgar G. Tobin shoots down his fifth German plane over Thiaucourt, France and becomes an ace.

County Clerk George Surkey said today that so many people are getting married while drunk that he would issue no marriage licenses after 5 p.m. daily and none on Sundays unless he personally knows the applicants.

July 29 in San Antonio history….

1918 – World War I
Five Sisters of Divine Providence, teachers at Our Lady of the Lake college, declared their intentions to become citizens in front of Deputy Clerk A. I Campbell of the federal court this morning.  Three sisters are from Ireland, one from Prussia and one from Alsace.

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.

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