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December 1 in San Antonio history…

1938
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.

1973
A dark but colorful will be the story of this year’s city Christmas tree in Alamo Plaza. Finishing touches are being made on the 60-foot tree, which will not have any lights this year because of the energy crisis, according to city officials. The 10-ton structure is composed of more than eight truck loads of cedar limbs which cover a huge wood and metal frame.

1983
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.

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October 30 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War IWar of the Worlds - 1938
The first balloon ascension from the Missouri Aeronautical School took place this morning at the corner of Trinity and Durango Streets.  The basket, which dangled below the great globe, bore Instructor E. S. Cole and six students.  Soon, they were only specks in the sky and the great balloon, taking its first course towards the northwest, and then at a height of about nine hundred feet apparently, veering southward, sailed off serenely in the direction of Kelly Field.

1938
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.

1971
Trinity University dedicates their new $4.8 million, 3,000-seat Laurie Auditorium, named for former president, James W. Laurie.

October 27 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Camp Travis now has 30,673 officers and enlisted men. The October payroll for these men is expected to exceed $2 million.  The payroll in September was only $1.25 million.

1938
Sears, Roebuck & Co. moves from the Transit Tower location to their new downtown headquarters at Romana Plaza. In 1995, this location would become the San Antonio Central Library.

2007
The Trinity Tigers defeat the Millsap Majors 28-24 on the last play of the game using 15 laterals.

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The new roof garden on the Elks building on Avenue E will be opened to members and their guests for the first time tonight at 8:30 o’clock. Music, dancing and cabaret features
are on the program. The committee which is in charge of the entertainment consists of Al C. Jonas, chairman; Peter Hoefgen and I. A. Victor.

1938
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.

2011
Jerry Seinfeld brings his observational comedy to the Majestic Theater.

March 4 in San Antonio history…

1836
Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault in the Alamo takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated into two batteries, the Mexican artillery, is brought to within 200 yards of the compound. More Texian reinforcements arrive in the late hours.

1886
The building at the “Jack Harris Corner” containing Sim Hart’s tobacco shop, the Vaudeville Theater and the Elite Restaurant is destroyed by fire.

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Paula Ragusa, better known by her stage name of Paula Prentiss (right), is born in San Antonio.

December 16 in San Antonio history…

1938
Robert H. H. Hugman is named the official architect of the River Beautification Project.

1946stag_night
Joske’s offers a “Stag Night,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., allowing men to do Christmas shopping “without rushing and without women!”

1963
Four Air Force airmen ended a 42-day space cabin experiment today at the Brooks AFB Aerospace School of Medicine.  Thirty days of the experiment were spent in a pure oxygen atmosphere.  Each of the airmen was presented with a certificate of appreciation and two photographs of the late President John F. Kennedy, who dedicated the school the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.

December 1 in San Antonio history…

1938
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.

1967
The Harry Simeone Chorale and Orchestra, famous for their recording of “Little Drummer Boy,” performs at the Sams University Center at Trinity University.

1983
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.

November 29 in San Antonio history…

1904
The weather clerk had forecast fair and warmer weather but San Antonians awakened to find their hydrants frozen.  It was the hardest freeze of the season.  The weather clerk admitted he made a mistake and was embarrassed.

1938
Actress Judy Garland makes a “whistle stop” in San Antonio and signs autographs for fans.

1983
Bexar County jail inmates have taken up a collection and presented $300 to a woman whose 12-year-old son drowned in the San Antonio sewer system. “ Nobody made them do it,” said Sheriff Joe Neaves, who added that the inmates simply wanted to help pay for the boy’s funeral.  The boy’s body was discovered Nov. 4, more than a day after he tumbled into an open manhole while playing soccer at school.

November 28 in San Antonio history…

1730
Sixteen immigrant families from the Canary Islands arrive in San Antonio.

1938
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys record “San Antonio Rose” at the Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth.

1946
Students at San Antonio Junior College (SAC) will have a Christmas holiday extending from December 15 to December 30, excluding New Year’s Day.
Dr. J. O. Loftin said he could find absolutely no reason why New Year’s Day should be observed. He continued: “It comes in the dullest part of the year. It doesn’t commemorate anything.  It’s not even the first of the year.”  Dr. Loftin thinks that March is the proper time to observe New Year’s Day. It is the beginning of the cycle of the harvest, the opening of spring. January 1 is nothing except a gloomy winter day, he says.

October 30 in San Antonio history…

1912StJohns_afterfire
A tragic fire at St. John’s Orphans Home (right), on the corner of San Saba and W. Houston Street, kills six nuns and three orphans.

1938
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.  Despite announcements before, during and after the program, some frightened radio listeners believe it is a real invasion of aliens from Mars.

1953
Work has begun on the installation of a 300-ton air conditioning system in the Frost bank building.  The building should be fully air conditioned by next June.  In addition to the main unit, 334 individual room air conditioning units will be installed.