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May 26 in San Antonio history…

1933
San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, “The Singing Brakeman” dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

1942
The colorful medical, political and oratorial career of Dr. John Richard Brinkley of Del Rio ended today when death came to the noted gland-rejuvenation surgeon at his San Antonio home.

1946
The total number of polio victims for the year now stands at 33.  People using well water are advised to have the water tested by the city health department laboratory.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

1878
The Dreiss building on Alamo Plaza is completed.

1942
Trinity University, a Presbyterian institution in Waxahachie, agrees to relocate to San Antonio and merge with the University of San Antonio, a Methodist university.

1985
Due to a dispute over the teams failure to provide sideline passes and parking permits, the San Antonio Gunslinger mascot quits and walks out of the stadium in the fourth quarter of the Gunslingers’ game vs. Memphis.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1902
Local businessman G. Bedell Moore offers to donate to the Carnegie Library a sum of $10,000 to be known as the “Alice Moore Fund” with the proceeds to be used to purchase books, the term of the fund to last for ten years from Jan. 1, 1903.

1930
The Southern Pacific office in Boerne was badly damaged when thieves used explosives to blow open a safe.  The yeggs escaped with about $45 in cash.

1942
A demonstration of “walky-talky” radio telephone equipment and communications instruments used in flying forts will highlight today’s luncheon program of the Optimist Club at the Gunter Hotel.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1872
The Vance House is opened as a hotel.  It was the military headquarters before, and some years after, the Civil War.  Its location is now the Gunter Hotel.

1915
The Stinson School of Flying, the first flight school operated by a woman, is opened by Emma Beaver Stinson.  Its heritage lives on in the current airport code for Stinson Airport, SSF.

1942
The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1926
San Antonio is destined to become the center of study and research for this entire section of the state as the result of the establishment of the Witte Memorial Museum in Brackenridge Park, according to Professor J.A. Pearce of the University of Texas.  Professor Pearce was the featured speaker at the formal opening of the museum today.

1942
As gallant under tractor guidance as when horses pranced at its head, San Antonio’s famous horse-drawn pumper said farewell to the city fire department and landed on the scrap pile at Auditorium Plaza yesterday.

1974
Elvis Presley makes his fifth San Antonio appearance and first since 1972, playing a concert in Hemisfair Arena.

 

July 22 in San Antonio history….

1942
A photostatic copy of the original floor plan of an old Spanish fort in San Antonio, drawn in 1805 by Francisco Adam, was brought to San Antonio recently by Bascom Giles, commissioner of the general land office. Situated on the present site of city hall, the fort was more than 300 feet long.

1969
Apollo 11 left lunar orbit at 11:55 p.m last night and is heading for earth at a speed of 2,924 m.p.h.

1985
The San Antonio Gunslingers release all 46 players just before the deadline to pay them.

June 26 in San Antonio history…

1942
The War Department separated part of Kelly Field for an aviation cadet training center, later renaming it for Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland.

1982
George Strait and the Ace in the Hole Band play Gruene Hall.

1999
The San Antonio Spurs win their first NBA championship with a game five victory over the New York Knicks (right).

May 26 in San Antonio history…

1928
The Light announces that a small “community auditorium” will be built in San Pedro Park at a cost of $50,000.  The structure, the San Antonio Little Theater,  was built with stones carefully salvaged when the old Market House on Market, just off Main Plaza, was torn down.

1942
The colorful medical, political and oratorial career of Dr. John Richard Brinkley of Del Rio ended today when death came to the noted gland-rejuvenation surgeon at his San Antonio home.

1955
Sheriff Owen Kilday announced today that two television sets will be installed for prisoners at the County Jail.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

1838
City limits fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.”

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Virginia “Ginny” Simms (right), actress and singer with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, is born in San Antonio.

1942
The little community of St. Hedwig, 18 miles Southeast of San Antonio, was hit by a twister that demolished roofs and windmills and brought hail that ruined crops.

May 23 in San Antonio history…

1942
San Antonio’s last living Civil War veteran, Charles Sickles, is buried in the National Cemetery.

1947
Immediate action to provide transportation for the sheriff’s office was urged by Sheriff Owen Kilday.  He noted the state legislation provides that the sheriff and his deputies shall have autos and be compensated for oil, gas and operating expenses at a not-more-than-4-cents-a-mile rate.

1999
The Spurs sweep the Lakers, 118-107, in a second-round playoff series en route to their first championship.  This is the first time the Spurs sweep a best-of-seven playoff series. It is also the final game played by the Lakers in the Forum.