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April 17 in San Antonio history…

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J.C. Penney opens their first San Antonio store at 305 W. Commerce Street downtown (right).

1942
Six new motorcycle policemen and a magic-eye speed trap will be put into action on San Antonio streets within a week or ten days.  The magic-eye machine will be used to locate speed areas.

1985
Clarissa Davis of John Jay High School, one of the most sought-after high school basketball recruits in city history, ends months of suspense and signs a letter of intent to play for the University of Texas Longhorns.

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January 2 in San Antonio history…

1909
Rather than have the children of the poor steal wood from the premises of the city hospital, Mayor Callaghan announced this morning that he would willing issue and order giving a quantity of wood to the needy.

1942
Sale of new passenger cars and trucks was prohibited throughout the U.S. today under government orders mobilizing the entire auto industry for war production.

1985
The Alamo City receives 2.4 inches of snow for the first time since January 1982 and the highest total since 3.1 inches on Feb. 22, 1966.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

1942
The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

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The Randolph Field Ramblers, a team made up of former college athletes serving in the military, play the University of Texas to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl.  This is the only San Antonio team to ever play in the Cotton Bowl and this was the first tie in the bowl game’s history.  Only 15,000 spectators witnessed the game due to heavy rain.

1985
Due to a new state law in effect today, San Antonio drivers of passenger cars or light trucks carrying a child not secured in a car seat will be subject to a fine of between $25 and $50.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The bells of San Fernando, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and Mission Espada were all rung yesterday, announcing the armistice and calling all the people for prayers of thanksgiving.

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

1983
The San Antonio Spurs offer a “Country Night” promotion with a concert by Joe Stampley after the game against the Denver Nuggets.  The Spurs roll on, 126-107.

October 3 in San Antonio history…

1893
West Texas Military Academy opens on Government Hill.

1918 – World War I
Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.  Eighty-five cases were reported at Fort Sam Houston today.

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

June 26 in San Antonio history…

1918
Beginning this morning, Bexar County women are able to obtain registration receipts to enable them to vote in the upcoming July primary.  The receipts must be obtained at the courthouse in the office of the tax collector.

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

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

June 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
This announcement appears in the San Antonio Light:
I hereby announce my candidacy for the office of State Senator from the 24th Senatorial District, comprising the counties of Bexar, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera and Real, subject to the action of the Democratic primaries.  Harry Hertzberg.

1942
A new telephone central office named “Travis” in memory of Col. William Barrett Travis, hero of the Alamo, will go into service here Saturday at midnight.

1954
After six Negro boys go swimming in Woodlawn Pool, the San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years.  To add insult to such a despicable action, the law takes effect on “Juneteenth,” the 89th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

1838
The city limits ate fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.” (Specifically, from the cross atop the dome.)

1918
Walter Hobbs and William Seibrecht, each 12 years old, who had been missing since Thursday and for whom the police have been searching since Friday afternoon, were found by Policeman Sowell at 10:30 this morning.  When brought to central police headquarters, the boys said they had made quite a bit of change shining shoes at Camp Travis and had spent Thursday and Friday nights in a vacant tent at the camp.

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

February 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The work of issuing identification cards to German aliens, who registered recently, began in earnest this morning and it was a busy scene in the office of the Chief of Police. Chief Lancaster has several officers assisting him in the work.  The cards will be issued daily until all have been distributed.

1942
Date-making flying cadets have made empty telephone booths scarce about town and prompted the Gunter Hotel to install a whole battery of the nickel-dialers to the basement.

1982
Athens, Georgia’s own B-52’s play their first concert in San Antonio at Rock Saloon.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

1918 
The automobile crash that took the life of Fire Chief William P. Bishop and Lt. Kooplin yesterday claims two more lives as Claude Ratterree, the chief’s chauffeur, and 10-year-old M. D. George die at Robert B. Green hospital.

1942
The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

1978
Weather forecasters are predicting a 50% chance of freezing rain and/or snow for late tonight and tomorrow morning.  Temperatures are predicted to drop into the upper 20’s tomorrow morning with wind velocities between 15 and 25 mph.