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June 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
W. P. Bishop is now in charge as chief of the San Antonio fire department. He was nominated by Commissioner Lowther at the council meeting yesterday afternoon and confirmed without opposition. Immediately after the meeting Chief Bishop made his bond and took the oath of office. He was escorted down the steps of the city hall by admiring friends and amid their cheers stepped into the front seat of the chief’s big red car and with Phil Wright, the retiring chief occupying the rear seat, drove over to the Central fire and police station .

The Royal Theater is to be re­modeled and refurnished and undergo improvements which will represent an expenditure of $40,000. The theater will close tonight and work of reconstruction will begin Wednesday, so as to be completed for the opening of next season, September 1.

1942 roadrunners
Joske’s installs the first escalators in San Antonio and begins their “Joske Days” sale two days late in order to showcase them.

1969
The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.

 

May 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson today renewed his efforts to put an enforced newspaper censorship section into the espionage bill. Senators Overman, Fletcher and Nelson, the Senate’s conferees on the bill, were called to the White House and urged by the President to agree to a censorship section which the House since has rejected. They were asked to learn whether it is possible to allay the senate’s objections and if possible bring out a new and so-called modified censorship clause. President Wilson told the Senate conferees that he deems authority to invoke censorship of some sort absolutely essential.

1918
Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

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

March 6 in San Antonio history…

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The final assault on the Alamo begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. Mexican forces take huge losses but capture the compound, killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out within the walls of the fortified mission for thirteen days.

1925
Parachutes saved the lives of Kelly flyers, Lt. C. D. McAllister and Cadet Charles A. Lindbergh, today when their planes collided in mid-air.  This is said to be the first time that two pilots have saved themselves by use of parachutes after a mid-air collision.

1942
The San Antonio Express reports that several new buildings and an enlarged campus will result from the merger of the University of San Antonio and Trinity University in September.  The full extent of the program was not divulged, but Dr. Wear, President of Trinity University, said that it had been fully worked out and that plans were already on paper.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

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.

1949
Jack Handey, of Deep Thoughts fame, was born in San Antonio on this day.

2012
Blake Shelton performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in the AT&T Center.

February 13 in San Antonio history…

1913
On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

1942
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope came to town, not on the road, but by train today to boost the Red Cross War Relief Fund. Both were getting a little shut-eye before playing in the first 18 holes of the Texas Open.

1961
All attendance records for the weekend  at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition were broken when an estimated 40,000 persons yesterday brought the three-day total to 105,000.

November 30 in San Antonio history…

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Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield (right), as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies.  It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.

1942
Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.

1981
The University of Arkansas plays UTSA in an early season game at Convention Center Arena.  The defending SWC champion Razorbacks prevail, 71-42.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1925
A ban of hand-clapping or any other form of audible applause has been lifted in First Baptist Church. The pastor says the ban has proved embarrassing to visitors unfamiliar with the local regulation.

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

1971
The Municipal Auditorium features a concert by the Grateful Dead, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Bonnie Hearne

October 3 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1916
German Field Marshal Von Mackensen is forced to retreat and give up the fortresses of Silistria and Turtukai along the Danube due to gains made by Russian and Romanian troops.

1928
Mayor C.M. Chambers has upheald the right of San Antonio newsboys to shout their wares on the street. The mayor’s action was prompted by the fining of a newsie in Corporation Court.

1942
H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

1958
Personnel from a complete garbage route – two drivers and three loaders – were fired Friday after a drinking spree in which both garbage trucks were parked in front of beer taverns.

 

July 22 in San Antonio history…

1932
Qualified Negro voters in Bexar County will be permitted to vote in the Democratic primary election tomorrow under terms of a mandatory injunction.  Attorney Carl Wright Johnson argued that the courts have granted relief to white voters deprived of the privilege of voting and that the same relief should be open to negro voters deprived of such privilege.

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.

1981
The San Antonio Light says that the body of a San Antonio woman missing since June 10 was located yesterday in Sutherland Springs with the help of a Dallas psychic.

April 2 in San Antonio history…

1942
Old-time baseball men can’t recall ever having heard of four double plays in all of which the same three players participated as occurred in the game between the Toledo Mudhens and the Minneapolis Millers at Tech Field today.  The Mudhens won, 6-5.

1965
Country singer Roger Miller (“King of the Road”,”Dang Me”) weds San Antonio native Leah Kendrick in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1991
Grace Corrigan, mother of the late Christa McAuliffe, was a special guest at a dedication ceremony at McAuliffe Middle School, which opened last fall near Interstate 35 South and southwest Interstate 410.  McAuliffe, the first person chosen for the nation’s teacher-in- space program, was one of seven members of the Challenger crew killed when the shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff Jan. 28, 1986.