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October 11 in San Antonio history…

1937
San Antonio’s new federal building and post office opens on Alamo Plaza.  Ralph Cameron, a San Antonian, was architect and A. W Kutsch and Sons of Detroit were general contractors. The contract price was $1,768.510.93 but with extras which included features of the building cut out of the original plans and replaced, total cost of the building when entirely completed will aggregate approximately $2,225,000.

1979
Dillards opens a new 180,000 square-foot store at Ingram Mall.

1984
The Go-Go’s play Convention Center Arena.  A Flock of Seagulls opens the show.

 

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October 9 in San Antonio history…

1937
Completing moving operations 36 hours ahead of schedule, the San Antonio post office department was firmly settled in its new $1,800,000 building at 3 p. m. today.  Postmaster Dan Quill had the distinction of mailing the firstair mall letter. He dropped it in the slot at exactly 2:01 p. m. He did not reveal its destination.

1955
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus performs under the big top in San Antonio for the last time.  All future performances will be in existing coliseums and stadiums.

1956
Presidential candidate Richard Nixon makes campaign speech in San Antonio and places a wreath at the Alamo.
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear him speak.  Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series the night before.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Anheuser-Busch promotes “Bevo,” a near-beer, for the troops.  “After drill or march, you’re sure to see a long line of hot and dusty-throated soldier boys making a bee-line for Bevo.”

1937
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

1976
The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett and Lita Ford, perform for the first time in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo.

August 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A board of aviation officers, including Major Henry H. Arnold and Captain Edgar, from Washington, arrived in San Antonio this morning and reported to department headquarters before beginning an inspection of Camp Kelly and the auxiliary flying field. The two officers were taken to Camp Kelly by Captain Paul Ferron, aeronautical officer of the department, and probably will remain until Wednesday night.

1937
The first contribution to the newly constructed Alamo museum, comprising valued documents of early Texas, has been received by Mrs. Leita Small, Alamo custodian. The documents were presented by Mrs. Susan Miller, 115 Humphrey street, and her kinswoman, Mrs. James Sandusky Clarke, of Baltimore. Mrs. Clarke is a guest at the Miller home. Among the relics is the diary of James McKnight, who fought in the Texas revolution. The diary is dated 1838. McKnight was an ancestor of he donors. Still another of the documents is a letter dated 1842 and signed by T. Borden Jr., as collector of customs at Galveston.

1945
The San Antonio Express and Light newspapers both report that a bomb, larger than any previously known, was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima causing great damage and loss of life.  However, back on July 16, the San Antonio newspapers did not pick up a little-publicized story printed in the Gallup, NM;  Santa Fe, NM and El Paso newspapers that mentioned a huge explosion at a munitions dump near the Alamogordo Army Air Base.  This was actually the first nuclear test and would have been quite a scoop.  News of the July 16 test was finally printed today along with the news of the Hiroshima bombing.

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Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto (right) at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in San Antonio.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

1916
This morning workmen began construction of the immense stage in Travis Park on which nearly 1,200 musicians will participate in the military concert and Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday evening in connection with the great open-air Christmas musical observance and Christmas tree to be given under the auspices of the Rotary Club.

1937
If snow falls in San Antonio on Christmas or New Year’s it will indeed be a miracle.  In the 52 years the weather bureau has kept records, snow has never fallen on those days.  (Still true. – Ed.)

1968
The City Council agreed today to offer a part of the HemisFair site for the proposed four-year state university, The approval came on an 8-1 vote, the lone dissenter being Councilman Dr. Herbert Calderon, who called the proposal “most unrealistic.” Calderon said the amount of land available at the fair site is “totally inadequate and unrealistic.”

September 11 in San Antonio history…

1937
Porter Loring purchases an iron lung for the city to be placed at a location agreed upon by the city’s physicians.  “The only rule that I, as its donor, will insist upon,”  he said, “is that it shall be available to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, color or situation of life, without cost.”  Mr. Loring receives a bronze plaque and is named by the Elks as “the most outstanding citizen of 1937” for his generous gift.

1946
Historic Leonard Wood stadium, scene of many great football games between service teams, is no more. Condemned by government inspectors and declared unsafe to use, the Fort Sam Houston athletic field stands have been torn down and sold as salvage wood. Post officials said there are no plans to rebuild the field immediately. Tentative plans now call for erection of a N.C.O. club on that site.

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San Antonians, shocked by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C., unite to pray, donate blood and help out in this time of crisis.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

1936
The city’s first parking meters arrive and are installed.

1937
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

1973
Young San Antonians 18 to 20 years old will become adults at the stroke of midnight tonight – the legal age of majority changes from 21 to 18 years old.

July 4 in San Antonio history…

1894
An immense U.S. flag was draped from the balcony of San Antonio’s City Hall to mark the Fourth of July because it was too big to be raised on the city’s flagpole.

1937
Convinced her husband was cheating on her, an Austin woman leaps to her death from the eighth floor of the Bluebonnet Hotel.  Her suicide note ends with, “So long, Casanova.”

1978001
The Express and the News newspapers are combined for the day.

February 4 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1916
Austrian forces occupy Kroja, 25 miles north of Durazzo in modern-day Albania.

1937
Work on the state park to surround the Alamo will start immediately.  Included in the $82,000 project is preservation work on the shrine, erection of a museum, landscaping, sprinklers and plaques.

1972
Final plans and specifications for initial buildings, site development and utility distribution system at the new University of Texas at San Antonio were approved by UT regents today.  Plans cover seven buildings encompassing 7000,000 gross square feet of floor space at an estimated cost of $36,522,000.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
German Imperial Chancellor  Dr. von Bethmann-Hollweg stated today that the sinking of the Arabic, if caused by a German submarine, was not a “deliberately unfriendly” attack but – if the version of the incident published is true – the arbitrary act of a submarine commander and not only not sanctioned but decidedly condemned by the German government.  He also stated that Germany is most desirous of maintaining peace and friendly relations with the United States.

1875
The San Antonio public schools are placed under city control.

1937
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

2007
The movie theater at McCreeless Mall closes.