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December 7 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Light announces that a Christmas tree will be placed in Alamo Plaza “in front of the ruined portion of the Alamo” by the Rotary Club.  The tree will be furnished by Douglas Fairchilds of Medina Valley.  The San Antonio Gas & Electric Company has agreed to furnish, free, the current for several thousand colored electric lights; J. C. Kinney has agreed to do the electrical work; Steves Sash &. Door Company has promised to furnish a fence to be built around a sufficient area about the tree to accommodate 1500 poor children and their mothers; the British Society, the Scottish Society,(known as Clan McDuff), three or four of the German singing societies, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, (representing the Irish), and the Choral Society of the Y. M. C. A., (representing the Americans), have agreed, to come in costume and sing Christmas songs representative of each nationality on Christmas Eve.

E. P. Arneson passes away in a San Antonio hospital.  A civil engineer, he served as the district supervisor for the Works Progress Administration.  He also planned the Medina toll road, the master highways system of San Antonio, Waco, Fort Worth and Dallas along with other highway, subdivision and irrigation projects in the state.  The Arneson River Theater is named for him.

San Antonio receives a surprise snowfall of two inches.  This is the most snow to fall on the Alamo City since 1985.


December 1 in San Antonio history…

The headlines of the San Antonio newspapers describe a bus/train accident that resulted in the death of 26 children.  This accident spawned the myth of the “ghost tracks” at Shane and Villamain. Despite being the lead story in the newspaper, the accident actually took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Today Show’s Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.

Eighties megastars and MTV darlings, Duran Duran, plays the Majestic Theater.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

The burning of the A.B. Frank Co., an immense wholesale establishment, proved to be the most disastrous conflagration in the history of the city.  Estimates of the loss range from $225,000 to $300,000.

An old rock quarry, east of San Jacinto Park and near Brackenridge Park was approved by Mayor C. K. Quin as the site of the proposed athletic stadium for the public school system.

Ground is broken on the new $31,993,000 Veteran’s Administration hospital in the South Texas Medical Center.  It is due to be completed by March 1, 1974.  (After the death of Audie Murphy on May 28, 1971, the hospital would be named the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in his honor.)

October 30 in San Antonio history…

The Ringling Brothers’ circus comes to San Antonio for the first time (right), arriving on the I. & G. N. railroad.  The parade came down the streets at 9:30 this morning and the show commenced at 1:00 p.m. in the seven-pole big top tent on the fair grounds.

1918 – World War I
The quarantine regulations in the military reservations around San Antonio have not been changed and no indications have been given out that they will be changed in the immediate future.  Influenza cases at the Camp Travis hospital have been increased the past few days due to recruits recently arrived in camp.

Radio station KTSA broadcasts “Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre” featuring a radio drama of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” from 7 to 8 p.m (right).  Despite announcements before, during and after the program, some frightened radio listeners believe it is a real invasion of aliens from Mars.

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
For the purpose of playing against the Fifth Engineers at Corpus Christi, the Brooks Field baseball team was transported by airplane to Corpus Christi yesterday morning, this being the first time in baseball history any such “stunt” was ever attempted.  The nine aircraft, each bearing a pilot and a ball player left Brooks Field at 8:30 yesterday morning and reported a safe arrival at 11:45, after a flying distance of 150 miles.  The return flight will be today.

The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

2011Kawhi Leonard
The Spurs trade guard George Hill, who Coach Gregg Popovich once called “my favorite player,” to Indiana for a package highlighted by 6-foot-7 small-forward Kawhi Leonard (photo, with 2014 Finals MVP trophy), whom the Pacers selected with the 15th overall pick.

June 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Effective immediately, all merchants of Texas are asked to restrict the sale of sugar at one time to two pounds to the city trade and five pounds to the country trade, according to announcement received here from State Food Administrator Peden.

Col. Charles A. Lindbergh will not visit San Antonio this month for the dedication ceremonies at Randolph Field, “The West Point of the Air,” it was reported today by Jack Beretta, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce dedication committee.  Col. Lindbergh thanked San Antonio for the invitation, saying, “Engagements which I am unable to break will make it impossible for me to be present.”

After a decade of construction, the Sunken Garden Theater, one of San Antonio’s beauty spots, today stood completed.  The project was started in 1928 with erection of a 30×40 foot stage.


June 5 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that 150 carrier pigeons are being sent over from Fort Sam Houston to Kelly Field this week. The birds are to be trained by Sgt. Oscar A. P. DeVaux to carry messages for the the aviation service.

The scale model of Columbia, featuring the inverted shields of the United States and Texas and sculpted for the $100,000 Alamo Cenotaph by Pompeo Coppini, is exhibited at a private showing in his studio at 111 Melrose Place from 4 to 6 p.m.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.

March 7 in San Antonio history…

The Lasso Girls of Thomas Jefferson High School are featured in today’s issue of Life magazine.

The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.  The Ballet Russe features Native American prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief (right).

February 20 in San Antonio history…

1920 – Word War I
Six cavalry regiments, instead of five as originally announced, will be organized in the Southern Department.  The sixth organization is to stationed at Fort Sam Houston.  The other five, previously provided for are to be three at Leon Springs, one at Del Rio and one at Ft. Clark, Colorado.

Listing items to be including in the new municipal bond issue, Mayor C.M. Chambers announced today that $75,000 for an old trail driver’s monument on Auditorium Plaza would be submitted to voters for approval.

The Lasso girls, the Jefferson High School girls cheering section, was formed this week with a drum and bugle corps.  The 37-piece group will hold their first meeting at the school, which will furnish instruments.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
America has nearly a half million men in France now and during the year will have 1,500,000 there, available for duty, the Secretary of War said today.  An additional 1,000,000 men are ready to go overseas if they are needed.

Mayor C. K. Quin returned to San Antonio today after a month’s absence during which time he underwent an appendectomy at the Mayo Clinic.  His arrival on the Katy train was veiled in secrecy.  He is now in seclusion.

The new Main Library building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.

The Light goes out.  Unable to find a buyer, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication after 112 years serving San Antonio.