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November 19 in San Antonio history…

J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing criticism of Pompeo Coppini’s Alamo cenotaph and commented: “There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo.”

Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton comes to town to open the second Sam’s Wholesale Club, located at Interstate 35 North and Judson Road.  The first San Antonio location at Southwest Military and Somerset Road opened two months ago.

Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

October 25 in San Antonio history…

The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

Future talk show host, Jenny Jones, begins at three-night gig at the San Antonio Comedy Club at 12731 DeZavala Road.

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is shown for the first time ever at the Woodlawn Theater (right).

October 14 in San Antonio history…

Ground is broken for the new San Antonio National Bank building on Commerce street.

V. L. Mallory, WOAI, radio engineer, today demonstrated successfully to Army Air Corps officers and others, his automatic airport lighting system by which lights are turned on without a ground attendant.

Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  plays two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from Freeman Coliseum.)

October 11 in San Antonio history…

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.

San Antonio Public schools, colleges and universities will observe Thanksgiving Day Nov. 30, one week later than the day proclaimed by President Roosevelt, a survey today revealed.

San Antonio City Council votes to purchase the Mission Drive-In property for $3.2 million and redevelop the site for a multi-use complex which includes a public library.

September 21 in San Antonio history…

City authorities declared they would strictly enforce the six-shooter ordinance, which required even law officers to obtain a permit from the mayor to carry a pistol.

Final plans and specifications for the $447,000 school athletic stadium were approved by the Works Progress Administration and the school board.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.


August 25 in San Antonio history…

Patrolman Carstanjen arrested a tramp whom he brought to headquarters on a charge of vagrancy.  The tramp proved to be a character on the “Rough Riders” movie set who had neglected to take his makeup off on his way to the hotel.

With Bexar County going wet by a 6-to-1 majority, the largest in the state, Texas voters came out strongly for a constitutional amendment repealing prohibition.

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

March 25 in San Antonio history…

Two months after she was forbidden to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington D. C. because of her race, contralto Marian Anderson performs a concert in Municipal Auditorium.   Fifteen days later, on Easter Sunday, she performs a concert at the base of the Lincoln Memorial at the request of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  The concert is broadcast across the country.

San Antonio Junior College (now SAC) board today voted approval of a bid for Transit Co. property on San Pedro.  Now located at 419 Alamo, the school has looked at several other sites.

Van Halen and Collective Soul play the last concert in Convention Center Arena.

March 11 in San Antonio history…

The Viceroy declares that the Villa San Fernando, the Presidio San Antonio, and the grounds of the old Mission de Valero are all to be incorporated together under the name San Antonio de Bexar.

In the most famous shootout in San Antonio history, King Fisher (left) and Ben Thompson (right) are killed at the Vaudeville Theatre located at the northwest corner of Commerce and Soledad streets. The location will be referred to as “The Fatal Corner” for years thereafter.

The groundbreaking for the Alamo Cenotaph, designed by sculptor Pompeo Coppini, is held today.

December 6 in San Antonio history…

Mayor Kuykendall has a two-way radio installed in his black official limousine.  He now has access to any city officials of City Hall and Fire Department.  His first order? Fix the pothole in the 600 block of East Josephine Street.  Pothole fixed the same day.

The world’s first air-conditioned bus rolled into experimental use here and surprised and pleased customers.

It was announced the Lone Star Brewery had purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world’s largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.

November 22 in San Antonio history…

The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

With a grand ceremony including fireworks, high school bands and 300 guests of honor, Joske’s dedicates their newly renovated and expanded “Big Store” (right) at the corner of Commerce and Alamo streets.

Restauranteur Phil Romano sells his Macaroni Grill in Leon Springs to Chili’s Inc. for 152,000 shares of stock worth $5 million.