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October 14 in San Antonio history…

1939
Work on the Riverside Theater, part of the beautification project, is nearing completion.  San Antonians may soon be watching stage shows and movies from the river bank.

1956
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.)

1978
“The Red Rocker,” Sammy Hagar performs in Municipal Auditorium in support of his new live album “All Night Long,” some of which was recorded in San Antonio the previous March.

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October 12 in San Antonio history…

1916
San Antonians are looking forward to the tomorrow’s football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be played at League Park.

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

1980
Country-western group Alabama makes their first appearance in San Antonio at the Majestic Theater.  San Antonians evidently had not heard much about them because the crowd was estimated at between 100 and 200 people.

September 19 in San Antonio history…

1907
Among the trick plays being turned over in the minds of local football coaches, the forward pass is the play attracting the most attention.

1939
The first appointee if the police department’s new “petticoat squad” took up her duties today.  She is Miss Dorothy Streigler, 704 E. Euclid, one of ten women who will be hired to handle the filing of police records.

1947
San Antonio’s first recognized collegiate football team since the days of St. Mary’s Rattlers makes its opening appearance tonight as Trinity University faces Hardin Simmons at Alamo Stadium.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

1852
St. Mary’s Institute (now University) is founded near San Fernando with 12 male students.

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

1979
The San Antonio Light reports that the Polish American Priests Association sent a letter two days ago inviting Pope John Paul II to visit Panna Maria, about 55 miles south of San Antonio, to celebrate its 125th anniversary as the first Polish community in Texas.  “Why wouldn’t he accept?” asked Msgr. Erwin Juraschek president of the association.  “After all… he’s Polish.”

August 11 in San Antonio history…

1906
The school board has ruled that starting this fall, the high school course will be lengthened from three to four years.  The additional time is considered necessary to master the difficult courses.

1922
The second radio station in San Antonio, WCAR, begins broadcasting from 324 N. Navarro St.  It is later renamed KTSA (which stands for Kum TSan Antonio). (License date 5/9/22)

1939
Bexar County Commissioners Court in a special resolution passed this morning, censured the city of San Antonio for its “ill-advised” granting of a permit for a Communist Party meeting in the Municipal Auditorium.

August 7 in San Antonio history…

1939
Mayor Maury Maverick issues a proclamation today refusing to cancel a permit allowing a Communist meeting in Municipal Auditorium on August 24.  Maverick said, “There is no way under the law that Emma Tenayuca can be denied use of any public property for public meetings.  I respect very deeply the opinion of those who oppose Emma Tenayuca.  I oppose her myself.  I oppose Communism myself.”

1945
The San Antonio Express and Light newspapers both report that a bomb, larger than any previously known, was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima causing great damage and loss of life.  However, back on July 16, the San Antonio newspapers did not pick up a little-publicized story printed in the Gallup, NM;  Santa Fe, NM and El Paso newspapers that mentioned a huge explosion at a munitions dump near the Alamogordo Army Air Base.  This was actually the first nuclear test and would have been quite a scoop.  News of the July 16 test was finally printed today along with the news of the Hiroshima bombing.

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Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in San Antonio (right).

July 6 in San Antonio history…

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.

1969
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins give a news conference in Houston from inside a plastic enclosure to keep them away from germs carried by newsmen.  They announce that the Command ship to orbit the moon will be called “Columbia” and the lunar lander will be named “Eagle.”

June 24 in San Antonio history…

1939
Mayor Maverick today has obtained from Aubrey Williams, NYA director, a commitment for $100,00 of NYA funds for restoration of the Villita Street Spanish Village.

1941
Close on the heels of a state law authorizing expenditures of $1500 for maintenance and improvements, a crew of ten men are doing clean-up work today on the 18-acre San Jose park. I. A. Hirsch, project supervisor, said the job would require about three weeks.   “It undoubtedly will take several years to complete preservation and restoration of the mission,” said Frank D. Quinn, executive secretary of the Texas State Parks Board.

1982
Rick James performs at Convention Center Arena.

June 14 in San Antonio history…

1929
The “Greater” Majestic Theater opens its doors offering “The Singing Brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers on stage along with the Movietone Follies of 1929.

1939
Clinton G. Brown, former mayor, has urged Commissioner Henry Hein to see that proper care is taken of 12 Texas centennial pecan trees planted in 1936 in various downtown parks and the courthouse on Texas Independence Day.

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City philatelists flocked to the post offices today to be first in line when the new Alamo postage stamps (right) went on sale at 7 a.m.

June 13 in San Antonio history…

1691
Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Governor of the new Province of Texas, accompanies Father Damian Massanet on his return trip to East Texas.Camping at a rancherria of Payaya Indians on a stream called Yanaguana, they celebrate mass and rename the stream San Antonio because it was the feast day of San Antonio de Padua.

1917
Because it has lost its commercial appeal, owners of the Spanish Governor’s Palace have revealed plans to tear the building down.

1939
Plans for a loop highway to connect all roads leading into San Antonio and reroute through-traffic around the city are being drawn up by the chamber of commerce highway committee.