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March 11 in San Antonio history…

1811
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.

1917
The San Antonio Light reports that, last night in the lobby of the Gunter Hotel, General Pershing was presented with “Captain Jack,” a black charger, after a speech by Capt. J. E Labatt.

1939
The groundbreaking for the Alamo Cenotaph, designed by sculptor Pompeo Coppini,  is held today.

February 19 in San Antonio history…

1877
The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.

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The new “miraculous musical instrument” – the Hammond Novachord – at San Antonio Music Company, is featured live on four San Antonio radio stations:  KTSA, KABC (now KKYX), KONO and WOAI.  The Novachord, one of the first polyphonic synthesizers, retailed for $1,900, which is over $32,000 today.

1956
Mrs. Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Till, speaks at the Carver Library (now the site of the Carver Community Cultural Center) on the murder of her son and subsequent murder trial.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

1939
The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

1994
Astronaut Jim Lovell signs copies of his new book Lost Moon at the Marriott Rivercenter at the third annual Book & Author Luncheon, sponsored by the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and the San Antonio Express-News.   Director Ron Howard is already hard at work on a “major motion picture” with Tom Hanks firmly cast in Lovell’s role.

1996
The Regal Fiesta 16 theater at DeZavala & IH-10 holds its grand opening, despite having only 10 completed screens.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

1906
A statue of the Virgin Mary was erected on the grounds of the Academy of Our Lady of the Lake.

1939
Restoration on La Villita begun with O’Neil Ford as architect.

1967
Eric Burdon & the Animals headline a show with Neal Ford & the Fanatics, The Kaleidoscope, Moving Sidewalks and The Band Ayd at Municipal Auditorium.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

1926
Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

1930
A sulphur smoke bomb was thrown in the Uptown Theater, 719 Fredericksburg Road, at the beginning of the last show but failed to stop the performance. Lights were turned on and the small blaze extinguished with a chemical fire extinguisher without calling the fire department. No reason for the throwing of the bomb could be given by Sol Rosenberg, manager of the Community Theater chain which operates the Uptown.

1939
A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1939
On the anniversary of his famed flight to Ireland, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan took as his bride yesterday afternoon, his childhood sweetheart, Miss Elizabeth Marvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Marvin,  507 Terrell Rd.  The wedding was in the chapel of the First Baptist Church.

1944
Lt. Stanton D. Richart of San Antonio and three aides were credited with the capture of 85 Nazis by falsely convincing the Germans that they were surrounded.  For this action, Lt. Richart receives the Silver Star with Oak Leaf cluster.

1970
“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Riders initially think it is a joke – until they see the guns are real. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.
As of 2016, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.

July 6 in San Antonio history…

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James Montgomery Flagg’s illustration of Uncle Sam appears on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly magazine.  It will later be printed as a poster – one of the most famous images in American history.  Who was the model for Uncle Sam’s face?  The painter himself.

1861
The Texas Order of the Sons of Hermann is founded in San Antonio.

1921
Alexander Joske , President of Joske Brothers Co., has acquired from the Mercantile Building Co. for a cash consideration of $120,000, a lot fronting 45 feet on Commerce, 318 feet on N. Presa and 45 feet on Crockett streets.

1939
Mayor Maury Maverick announced today that the operation of the chili stands on Haymarket Plaza by San Antonio’s “chili queens” would be suspended for ten days pending complete compliance with city health regulations.  The mayor visited the plaza last night and outlined his plan to place six stands on the plaza and and central sterilizing plant in the market house.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

1904
Along with the usual buggies and floats, three automobiles participated in the 14th annual Battle of Flowers parade.

1939
Mae West, in town for a one-week engagement at the Majestic Theatre, receives an invitation for “La Noche de Fiesta” from event chairman Atlee Ayers.  The invitation is painted on a tortilla.

1941
King Antonio XXIII, George Friedrich, directs his armada of more than 50 boats down the San Antonio River in the first ever Fiesta River Fête.  This replaces the previous tradition of King Antonio arriving in the city by royal coach.  The ceremony also serves as a formal dedication of the River Beautification Project.

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The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown.  Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.

March 11 in San Antonio history…

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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.

1939
The groundbreaking for the Alamo Cenotaph, designed by sculptor Pompeo Coppini,  is held today.

1989
Cole High School, with 7’1″ center Shaquille O’Neal, completes an undefeated season and wins the UIL 3A State basketball championship with a 66-60 victory over Clarksville.

November 22 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The sinking of a Turkish transport which was carrying 500 soldiers across the Sea of Marmora is reported in a message from Zurich forwarded from Amsterdam. The message says the transport struck a mine and nearly all on board were drowned.

1867
The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

1939joskes
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.

1940
Bill Elliott, better known by his screen name – “Wild Bill Hickok” – will make an appearance at the Empire Theater today and tomorrow to promote his latest Western melodrama, “Prairie Schooners.”