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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.

October 5 in San Antonio history…

1916
This advertisement appears in the San Antonio Light:
Notice to the Ex-Students of the University of Texas
By special arrangement with the university athletic authorities members of the San Antonio Ex-Students’ Association may secure choice seats for the Texas-Oklahoma game before the same are placed on sale for the general public. All university ex-students desiring to take advantage of this arrangement must join the association before Monday noon. See Prof O. A. Pfeiffer, of the Main Avenue High School, or Dick O. Terrell, in the Central Trust Bldg.

1940moser
Texas A&M defeats Tulsa, 41-6, in the first college football game at the brand new Alamo Stadium.  The first Aggie to score a touchdown was Derace Moser (right).

1946
The first of a fleet of 50 air-conditioned buses was received today and will go into service on some of’ the heavier traffic routes this week, according to Laurence Wingerter, vice-president and general manager of the Transit company.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

1856
The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West  & J. P. Newcomb, ceases publication.

1940
A city detective chasing a burglary suspect today at Alamo and Market streets fired warning shots into the air in order to persuade the suspect to stop.  One of the bullets entered a northeast window of the children’s room in the San Antonio Public Library and shattered when it hit a steel bar in the window frame, showering glass and bullet fragments onto the startled readers.  No one was injured and the suspect was apprehended when he jumped into the San Antonio River.

1948
Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there and simulcast on 101.1 FM.

August 28 in San Antonio history…

1874
Pope Pius IX creates the San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1884
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway is chartered to connect San Antonio with Aransas Pass, a distance of 135 miles.

1940
The river theater behind the San Antonio Public Library probably will be named the “Arneson River Theater.” It had been indicated in the city council meeting today. Mayor Maury Maverick announced State WPA Administrator , H. P. Drought had suggested the name and that the name also was favored by other WPA officials.

1955
Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day, the same day that Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi.  San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was “going ahead with plans” to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term.

August 20 in San Antonio history…

1918
Married women will hereafter be permitted to secure positions to public schools of the city as the result of the action taken today at a meeting of the San Antonio School Board.  The action was taken as a “war time necessity” with the provision that each applicant be passed upon individually.

1940
Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad performs at the Sunken Garden Theater.

1957
San Antonio’s picturesque old Spanish trails seem to be a little too much for the city’s new $1 million downtown traffic signal system.  Stewart Fischer, city traffic engineer, admitted Friday that the electronic brain that controls the system was not working as well as he had hoped.  He said it would take time to adjust the new system to the city’s street patterns.