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January 17 in San Antonio history…

1932
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

1940
Referring to tuberculosis as “San Antonio’s Public Enemy Number One”, Mayor Maury Maverick announced today that the city will join the intensive campaign to eradicate the much dreaded disease.

1946
An Army R6A helicopter lands at Brooks Field after flying in from Alexandria, LA in an experimental flight. The ship is one of a few used by the Air Force primarily for rescue work. (Photo courtesy of USAF Museum)

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December 28 in San Antonio history…

1940
Four of the “Our Gang” kids, Alfalfa (Carl Switzer), Waldo (Darwood Kayne), Muggsy (Shirley Coates) and Darleena (Anita Gordon) arrive in San Antonio for a four-day appearance at the Texas Theater.

1977
Nationally syndicated columnist Heloise (real name Katherine Eloise Bowles) passes away at the downtown Baptist Hospital at age 58.  Her daughter, Ponce Heloise Cruse will take over her “Hints from Heloise” column.

1983
Heart plays Municipal Auditorium with opening act, The Romantics.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1927
Today, the day after Christmas, has been set aside as a holiday in San Antonio – a day to be devoted to the making of New Year’s resolutions.  City offices, all banks and most businesses will be closed.

1929
Police report that 100 cases of tomatoes belonging to the Morris Novich Company were stolen from a boxcar near the company’s headquarters near 503 Medina Street.

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.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I ends
The State Department makes the announcement at 2:45 a.m. that the armistice is signed and “The War to End All Wars” is ended.

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

1984
Municipal Auditorium, dedicated in 1926 to San Antonio servicemen killed in World War I, is rededicated to include those killed in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Gutted by fire in 1979, the auditorium is scheduled to be reopened next year after almost $13 million in renovations.

October 27 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Around the motto “For the Boys Over There,” a campaign for United War Work will be waged over the nation for one week, beginning November 11.  In the San Antonio district, there are two counties, Bexar and Kendall.  A quota for Bexar County of $175,000 was suggested but the city and county will not stop until the sum of $200,000 is reached.

1940
H.G. Wells, in San Antonio to attend the 65th annual United States Brewers Convention, meets Orson Welles for the first time at the Plaza Hotel.  Welles stopped in the city briefly, en route to Tucson to scout a movie location.  He admitted to being apprehensive at meeting the “War of the Worlds” author.

1995
Barnes and Noble opens their first two San Antonio stores at Fiesta Trails shopping center on DeZavala and the Ingram Festival shopping center on Loop 410 near Ingram Mall.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

1877
The San Antonio Water Works are incorporated.

1940
Nineteen-year-old Isaac Stern, violinist, will be heard in recital today at San Pedro Playhouse under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Club.

1978
Black Sabbath plays Convention Center Arena with opening act Van Halen.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1886
The cornerstone is laid for the City and County Hospital.

1917 – World War I
A little girl living on Monterrey Street finds some glass in some chocolate candy.  The candy is traced to a local candy dealer who gladly surrenders his stock and offers to help officers in determining the source and cause.  Charles Breniman, local chief of the San Antonio branch of the Bureau of Investigation, has been in contact with his superiors in Washington.  There is some fear that this may be a plot by German agents or traitors to this nation.

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

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.

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San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

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.