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January 29 in San Antonio history…

1917
Robert B. Green opens to the public as the county hospital.

1938
The Majestic Theater features “The New Audioscopiks,” the second 3-D movie by Pete Smith, as a prelude to “Happy Landing,” the new film with Sonja Henie and Don Ameche.

1979
A traffic accident at at IH-10 and South New Braunfels at 12:06 a.m. is the first emergency reported to the 911 system.  San Antonio is the first metropolitan area in Texas to have the 911 emergency system.

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.

1948
San Antonio Transit Company, in cooperation with the Retail Merchants Association, institutes a “Shoppers Special” bus route covering the downtown loop for five cents a ride.

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

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.  The song is an instrumental and will become a huge hit when re-recorded in 1940 with lyrics.

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San Antonio’s Pace Foods Ltd. is sold to Campbell Soup Company for $1.1 billion.  Campbell Soup is based in….   New Jersey?   Get a rope.

October 27 in San Antonio history…

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.

1940
H.G. Wells, in San Antonio to attend the 65th annual United States Brewers Convention, meets Orson Welles for the first time at the Plaza Hotel.  Welles stopped in the city briefly, en route to Tucson to scout a movie location.  He admitted to being apprehensive at meeting the “War of the Worlds” author.  The record an interview on KTSA, which you can listen to here.

1995
Barnes and Noble open their first two San Antonio stores at Fiesta Trails shopping center on DeZavala and the Ingram Festival shopping center on Loop 410 near Ingram Mall.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

1925
San Antonio police found half of the $10,000 recently stolen from the Comfort State Bank.

1938
Ear piercing, an art of the ancient Egyptians and popular in society circles of olden days, is back in vogue in San Antonio. Ears are pierced by pushing a threaded needle through the lobe, leaving the string in their flesh.

1949
The new Texaco station at 2103 Broadway celebrates its Grand Opening with a display of the new Tucker and French Renault automobiles (right).

March 23 in San Antonio history…

1869
The iron bridge ordered by our city authorities, has, some weeks ago, arrived at Indianola and is now waiting for better roads in order to be shipped to its destination.

1938
Natural stone steps, constructed by the Franciscan Friars as part of the old mill at San Jose Mission, were restored today as they were in the days of the holy monks.  For years the steps had been hidden beneath earth and refuse.

2012
Patrick “Patty” Mills, the former Portland point guard last seen playing in China during the NBA lockout, has signed a contract with the Spurs and could join the team within a week, pending resolution of work visa issues.  The Spurs are also hoping to sign Charlotte’s Boris Diaw after he clears waivers later today.

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.

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

1968
Mister Rogers’ (then spelled Misterogers’) Neighborhood premieres on KLRN Channel 9.  The “prize winning children’s show” debuted nationally on public television on February 19 but today is the first appearance in San Antonio.

February 20 in San Antonio history…

1938
The Lasso girls, the Jefferson High School girls cheering section, was formed this week in a drum and bugle corps.  The 37-piece group will hold their first meeting at the school, which will furnish instruments.

1946
Lobsters, flown alive from the East to San Antonio overnight were being featured on the Gunter hotel menu today. Freshly caught in the famed lobster waters of the Northeast, the lobsters, packed in wet seaweed, were brought to San Antonio as an experiment  in air transportation of seafoods to this city.
Should the experiment prove successful, it was said, a regular seafood transportation service will be inaugurated, connecting San Antonio with various fishing centers.

1987
Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis headlines a show at Municipal Auditorium with Jermaine Stewart, Shabba-Doo and La Franz.

February 7 in San Antonio history…

1938
Longtime San Antonio disk jockey Bruce Hathaway is born to Wilbur and Florence Hathaway of 603 Bandera Road. (right)

1969
The Beach Boys perform at Municipal Auditorium.  Opening acts are San Antonio favorites Rene & Rene and a band from Detroit known as the Bob Seger System.

1974
After being holed up at the Hilton Palacio del Rio for nearly a month waiting on a judge to rule on his trade from the Virginia Squires, George Gervin plays his first game as a San Antonio Spur at HemisFair Arena against the Utah Stars. Gervin started slowly, scoring only 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting from the field in San Antonio’s 86-83 loss to Stars in his first game.

January 31 in San Antonio history…

1938
Thousands of pecan shellers walk off the job to protest efforts by the Delicious Pecan Company to lower wages from six cents a pound for pieces and seven cents a pound for halves to five cents for pieces and six cents for halves. Emma Tenayuca quickly assums temporary leadership of the strike. She becomes known as “La Pasionaria” for her fiery speeches and attracts a loyal following although many San Antonio workers dislike her outspoken communism.

1949
The lowest temperature ever in San Antonio is recorded on this day.  The mercury plunges to a brutally cold 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the city shivers under a 4.7 inch snowfall.

1967
Just four days after the fatal fire that killed three astronauts during a “plugs out” test of Apollo I, two airmen are killed during a similar test inside a space cabin simulator at Brooks AFB.  Like the Apollo I astronauts, the airmen at Brooks were working in a pressurized atmosphere of 100 percent oxygen.  A spark caused a flash fire and the airmen were severely burned.