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February 11 in San Antonio history

1918 – World War I
Russia has declared the state of war to be at an end and has ordered demobilization of Russian forces on all fronts.

1943
Roy Rogers, “The King of the Cowboys,” appears with the Sons of the Pioneers on the stage of the Aztec Theater.  Their appearance is in conjunction with the premiere showing of their newest Republic picture, “Idaho.”  Rogers has accepted the invitation of Maj. Gen. Richard Donovan to visit Randolph and Kelly Fields and the Aviation Classification Center with his troupe of entertainers while in San Antonio.

19961996
San Antonio hosts the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Michael Jordan wins the MVP award.

 

 

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February 5 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Camp Travis mess officers have discovered a new “war” bread, which is expected to save white flour at the cantonment.  The bread is made from a mixture of oatmeal and wheat flour and is declared to be wholesome and palatable.  It is the result of extensive experiments at the cooks’ and bakers’ school.

1943
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane belonging to the late Lt. Otto Steirbacher, who was shot down over London, goes on display in a tent across from the St. Anthony Hotel.  The display is part of the national tour under the Bundles of America Committee, of which Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger, Admirals King and Nimitz are members.  The Messerschmitt will be on exhibition from 9 a. m. to midnight daily.

1976
City Council instructed city staff today to investigate ways of removing the mini-monorail system from Hemisfair Plaza.  City Public Works Director Mel Sueltenfuss said the monorail, which has run only periodically since 1968, has received little use.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

1943
The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

1966
“Batman,” starring Adam West and Burt Ward, premieres on KONO-TV Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m. opposite “The Virginian” and “Lost in Space.”

1985 – SNOW!
Just after midnight, it began to snow in San Antonio.  It snowed all night and most of the next day, finally dropping a record 13 inches of the white stuff on the Alamo City.  The previous record was 4.7 inches on January 30, 1949.

November 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio, in San Antonio as the guest of F. E. Scobey, said today, “We shall never pay the stupendous cost of our unpreparedness again.  I expect to see 500,000 American youths trained every year of the future, no matter when or how this present war ends.  So you can look for these enormous army additions in San Antonio to be more or less permanent.  The Congress will adopt universal military training this winter.”

1943
A 38-year-old woman who considers herself “not bad looking,” offered to marry anybody who can furnish shelter for her and her daughter.  In a letter to Mayor Mauermann the woman said she was desperate because she had been unable to afford rent.

1977
San Antonio voters establish the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Authority (VIA) in San Antonio.

 

July 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The newspapers report that the draft will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and 1,374,000 men nationwide will be called.

1943
The crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” will tell the inside story of their 25 bombing missions at the war bond rally to be held in their honor at Municipal Auditorium tonight at 8:30 p.m.

May 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
It is widely believed that Major General Pershing will not be returning to San Antonio to resume his command of the Southern Department at Ft. Sam Houston. Those interested in army affairs are speculating as to whether General Pershing will be named to head a contingent to France or be kept in Washington to fill the place of General Hugh L. Scott as chief of staff, with the greatest weight of opinion inclining toward the first view.

1943>May 15 in San Antonio History...
Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio’s favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

1996
Colonies North Elementary School announces that it will become the first school in San Antonio to require students wear school uniforms this fall.

February 13 in San Antonio history…

1943
Jose Irtubi performs Grieg’s “Piano Concerto”, “Rhapsody in Blue,” excerpts from “Grand Canyon Suite,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” at Municipal Auditorium.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

1943
The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

1985 – SNOW!
Just after midnight, it began to snow in San Antonio.  It snowed all night and most of the next day, finally dropping a record 13 inches of the white stuff on the Alamo City.  The previous record was 4.7 inches on January 30, 1949.

2006
The SBC Center is officially renamed the AT&T Center.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

1909
The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1943bordelon
Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon (right), a graduate of Central Catholic High School,  is killed in action on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific.  Bordelon is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his “valorous and gallant conduct above and beyond the call of duty” in leading his men while seriously wounded.

1995
52 years after his death, the body of William J. Bordelon is returned to San Antonio and buried in the cemetery of Ft. Sam Houston.  The body lay in state in the Alamo since yesterday, flanked by Marine Honor Guards.  Bordelon is only the fifth person given this privilege.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

1943
A new employee at the San Antonio National Bank, 213 W. Commerce, stepped on the burglar alarm button, causing 10 police cars to dash to the bank.

1969
The fire sprinkler system mysteriously activated at 6:45 a.m. in the Dillard’s department store in Central Park Mall this morning.  Water spilled along floors and was several inches deep in some places. There was some seepage in the stockroom area.  “It will be several hours before we can assess the damage,” store president Huber Hughes said. “Thanks to the the fire department help, we will be open for business as usual.”

1982
Spontaneous combustion caused by towels soaked in linseed oil was believed to be the cause of a $250,000 blaze at the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club on the city’s northwest side.  The towels were left by an employee applying preservative to the floor.  ”Nobody told him about how combustible linseed oil can become when combined with a fiber material and that’s what happened in this case,” said arson detective Larry Foraker.