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April 3 in San Antonio history…

1883 
The weekly San Antonio Evening Light is discontinued and, under new management, the first issue of the San Antonio Daily Light newspaper rolls off the printing press.

1939
The World Champion New York Yankees, featuring Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig, play the San Antonio Missions at Tech Field.  The Bronx Bombers win, 9-2.

1974 
The Happy Jazz Band and the Landing move from the Nix Building to the river level of the Stockman Restaurant.

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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.

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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.

 

February 19 in San Antonio history…

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

1930
Radio station KGRC changes its call letters to KONO.

1939
Hagy-McCollum-Murray announce the purchase of their newest addition to their ambulance fleet – the first air-conditioned ambulance in the city.  The vehicle is 20 feet long with a custom body by Sayers and Scoville mounted on a LaSalle chassis.  The interior “is done in mahogany wood, chromium trimmed and rich red Spanish leather.”

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1914
The University of Texas is trying to schedule a Thanksgiving Day game next fall with Notre Dame.  If Notre Dame accepts, it is fairly certain that the Longhorns will play Haskell in San Antonio sometime in the two weeks before Thanksgiving.

1939
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.”

1985
Trinity University has “A Conversation with Cary Grant” at Laurie Auditorium.  It is Mr. Grant’s last visit to the Alamo City.  He passed away prior to a similar show in Davenport, Iowa on November 29, 1986.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio newspapers are full of advertisements for patent medicines like Hyomei and Tanlac that are certain to prevent or cure infection from the current influenza epidemic.

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

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George “The Iceman” Gervin is traded to the Chicago Bulls for journeyman forward David Greenwood.   “I really wanted to finish my career in San Antonio, but I found out that wishin’ doesn’t help. Maybe I should have prayed,” said Gervin to the Express-News on the trade.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

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

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Express newspaper has set aside $100,000 to be used in combating the crime of lynching in this country. The money is to be used in rewards for the apprehension, conviction and punishment of persons who are guilty of mob violence.  This fund of $100,000, and the offer of reward, will be maintained and in effect for a period of five years from August 3, 1918.

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 6 in San Antonio history…

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

1918 – World War I
Rogers Hornsby, star shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, was ordered today by the local draft board No. 1 to engage in an essential occupation or be placed in class 1-A of the draft.  He is the first major league player to receive a work or fight notice under the new ruling of the provost marshal general.  Hornsby was born in Fort Worth.

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…

1918 – World War I
The patriotic Battle of Flowers and Red Cross parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto will start promptly at 4 o’clock this afternoon.  The hour has been changed from 4:30 to 4 o’clock in order to enable the soldiers who take part to return to camp in time for mess, and military promptness will be observed in the movement.

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.

1944
Texas Governor Coke Stevenson speaks to a crowd of 10,000 for the annual Alamo Pilgrimage, saying , “Occasions like this make people realize more than ever the struggles and sacrifices necessary to achieve a great and purposeful aim such as a war for right and justice.”

November 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
An additional aviation unit is to be established on the selected tract of land adjacent to Berg’s Mill, according to Col. W. D. Chitty, commandant of Kelly Field, who returned last night from a conference in Washington.  This property, which was assembled by the Chamber of Commerce, has been under governmental consideration for some time but has finally been passed upon by the War Department and definite authorization for the establishment of the third aviation unit has been given.

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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.

1963
San Antonio’s Catholic churches were packed with mourners for President Kennedy as soon as the news of his assassination was learned.  Many San Antonians lined the streets as his motorcade passed through the city just yesterday.

 

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio branch of the National League for Woman’s Service has sent out an open letter to the women of surrounding towns asking for their co-operation in supplying the Texas boys at Camp Bowie  with needed woolen garments.  More than fifty letters were mailed today, some going as far away as towns near Corpus Christi.

1926
With charred ruins of buildings and trees stripped of their branches prevailing, a scene of desolation marks the spot today where the French village at Camp Stanley was bombarded during the filming of “Wings.”

1939
Buddy Meyers, blind operator of the courthouse cigar stand, today had returned from Morristown, New Jersey with a real “seeing-eye” dog, the only one of its kind in the city.