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October 23 in San Antonio history…

1914
Eleven people, nine of which are children, drown when the San Antonio River floods after a torrential rain.  The house of Albert Liebe was washed from its foundation, resulting in the death of Mrs. Liebe and her infant child born just hours earlier, along with four other children: Henry, 14; Otilia, 8; Edna, 6; Edward, 4 and Mrs. August Liebe, Albert’s mother.

1917 – World War I
The circus bazaar and carnival being given by Alzafar Temple for the benefit of the Red Cross at Bowen’s Island, opened last night with a big crowd in attendance. The festivities were formally
inaugurated with a parade through the business section of the city that compared favorably with any circus pageant.

1940>October 23 in San Antonio history...
San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

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October 19 in San Antonio history…

1918
The county commissioners’ court this afternoon, acting on a petition of about fifty property owners and residents along Fredericksburg road, entered an order changing the name to Foch Highway.  The petition of the property owners pointed out that it seemed that the name “Fredericksburg” which was given to the in honor of the late German Emperor, grandfather of the present Kaiser, was ill-advised in view of the world calamity that Germany has brought about and the road should be renamed in honor of Marshall Foch, the great general of France now leading the armies of the allies.

1940merka
Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

1949
Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

September 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
No definite instructions have been issued by the War Department with reference to a third training camp at Leon Springs, according to an announcement this morning by Col. E. J. Fleming, reserve corps officer, Southern Department headquarters.

1940
Alamo Stadium is completed and dedicated.

1995
The legendary B. B. King performs at Sunken Garden Theater.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Only 130 more men are required this morning to complete the list of 2,500 who are to be given training as reserve officers at the Leon Springs camp. 487 men were added yesterday and the list is expected to be complete by tonight.

1940
Los Angeles Heights is the first suburb incorporated into the city.

1975Gene-Frenkel
Blue Öyster Cult makes their first appearance in San Antonio, between Bloodrock and headliner Trapeze, in the Municipal Auditorium.  Cowbell player Gene Frenkel (right) does not appear.

March 9 in San Antonio history…

1731
The first Canary Islanders arrive in San Antonio.  Their legacy lives on today in Main Plaza downtown, also called Plaza de las Islas.

1917
President Wilson, in bed recuperating from a cold, signs a proclamation authorizing American merchant ships to arm themselves against German submarines operating in violation of international law.

1990
The Resolution Trust Corp. sells the San Antonio Savings Association, founded 69 years ago and operated by three generations of the McAllister family, to a Dallas-based holding company that operates First Gibraltar Bank in a deal that will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $890 million.  At 6 p.m. the savings association was officially renamed First Gibraltar-San Antonio.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

1917
Orders were issued today relieving Major B. D. Foulois as chief aviation officer of the Southern Department and designating Capt. Townsend Dodd, now in charge of the First Aero Squadron at Columbus, to succeed him.  Major Foulois will proceed to Washington for duty in the office of the Chief Signal Officer.

1940
Work will start within one week at the traffic control project at Romana Plaza, most congested area in the city, Virden A. Rittgers, city traffic engineer, said today.

1956
San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1926
H.C Moore, Southern Pacific railroad engineer, escaped serious injury today when switch engine no. 131 exploded at the Southern Pacific roundhouse.  The engineer was hurled about thirty feet and was showered with oil and sand. After receiving first aid treatment, he was sent home where he is under the care of physicians.

1940
A messenger for the W. T. Grant store was held up by a lone gunman in the heart of the downtown district this morning and robbed of $3500 in Christmas receipts he was taking to the Frost National Bank. Tlie robbery occurred on the St. Mary’s street bridge across from the Public Service building.

1978
The J.C. Penney Company opens their sixth San Antonio store today at Ingram Park Mall.  The new store is the company’s 149th store in Texas and 2,090th in the J. C. Penney chain.  It has almost 180,000 square feet of floor space, 42 merchandise departments and 325 employees.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

1877
The San Antonio Water Works are incorporated.

1943
The 1940 Republican candidate for President Wendell L. Willkie visited the Alamo, Ft. Sam Houston and other points of interest prior to a reception at a downtown hotel.

1946
Ground is broken for the new St. Gerard’s High School at S. New Braunfels and Nevada streets.  The Very Reverend Joseph Flanagan presides over the ceremonies.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1930macarthur
Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, recently appointed Chief of Staff of the Army, visits San Antonio for an Armistice Day banquet in his honor at the St. Anthony Hotel.  He is presented by Frank Lewis, a boyhood friend from his days as a student at the West Texas Military Academy here (right).

1940
The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

1949
Tech and Jefferson play for the City Conference title.  Each team comes into the game with only one loss. Tech hopes to end a 17-year losing streak to the Mustangs but it is not to be.  Jefferson wins, 20-13.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

1914
Lucky Strike model and Sweetheart of the Texas Centennial, Janice Jarratt (right), is born in San Antonio.

1940
Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

1949
Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.