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May 24 in San Antonio history…

1944
Bells were installed on the east and west doors of City Hall today and will remind employees at 11 a.m. daily that it is time to observe the city-wide Minute of Prayer sponsored by the Council of Christians and Jews.  Mayor Mauermann urged all employees to remain silent for a moment immediately following the bells and to offer a prayer for the safety of the men at the fighting front and for peace.

1946
The total confirmed polio cases in the city rises to 30 for the year, with three more new cases discovered.  The city receives three thousand pounds of technical grade DDT from Newark, New Jersey for use in the fogging machines.  Two thousand additional pounds have been ordered.

1980
Hipp’s Bubble Room (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.

September 6 in San Antonio history…

1944
Ninety-three San Antonio liquor stores signed an agreement to close shop immediately when the Nazis surrender.

1981
Johnny Bush (right) is the featured performer tonight to wind up the grand opening weekend of Texas Dance Hall, ten miles north of the airport on US 281.  He was also the headliner for the grand opening of Randy’s Rodeo in 1968.

1982
Betty Jean Alden’s controversial statue of Samuel Gompers is unveiled along Market Street.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1944
Lt. Stanton D. Richart of San Antonio and three aides were credited with the capture of 85 Nazis by falsely convincing the Germans that they were surrounded.  For this action, Lt. Richart receives the Silver Star with Oak Leaf cluster.

1969
After a full night’s sleep, the astronauts on the way to the moon are scheduled to perform a thorough flight test today of the Lunar Module that will land on the moon in a couple of days.  They are over 190,000 miles from earth.

1970
“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Riders initially think it is a joke – until they see the guns are real. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.
As of today, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.

 

June 12 in San Antonio history…

1944
Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon Jr. of San Antonio was announced as posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died at Tarawa.

1948
San Antonio spigots are going to drip instead of gush if water users don’t practice conservation, city engineers predicated today.  There’s little chance summer rains will eliminate the drought, they say, and the postwar demands on a pre-war water system drain the supply.

1949
San Antonio television enthusiasts will have to wait until late this year before enjoying local TV broadcasts.  Joseph Karpinsky, a local dealer, estimates there are probably no more than 50 sets in San Antonio homes.

June 7 in San Antonio history…

1927
A steam shovel is used for the first time in San Antonio in construction of Commercial National Bank.

1944
The San Antonio Light reports that a “well-known Major General” has been demoted to Lt. Colonel for stating at a cocktail party in London, “On my honor, the invasion will begin no later than June 15.”  This former General, Henry J. F. Miller, had commanded the San Antonio Air Depot at Duncan Field until 1941. He was demoted by General Eisenhower, a former classmate at West Point.  Miller died in San Antonio five years later and is buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

1953
The historic Nic Tengg home, owned by the Tengg family for over 101 years, has been sold to Joske’s of Texas as an addition to the store’s parking lot.  The two-story wood, brick and adobe house – long a landmark at 326 E. Crockett St. – will end its colorful career as it gives way to progress and a growing, bustling city.

June 6 in San Antonio history…

1944
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Seventy-five years ago today, the long-anticipated Allied invasion of the European continent begins.  Today is D-Day!  The invasion force of 156,000 Allied troops, along with 5,000 ships and landing craft and 11,000 planes fight the German defenders along the beaches of Normandy, France.

1951
A C-97 Stratofreighter from Kelly Air Force Base crashes near Somerset and Palo Alto roads shortly after takeoff, killing all aboard.  The crash also injures a few people working at the nearby Grey Eagle Tavern and Gauna Bros. Service Station.  This was only the second crash of a C-97 since they began flying in 1944.

1987
The Bangles, along with opening act Cutting Crew, perform at the Sunken Garden Theater.

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.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that First Lieut. J. Montgomery Fly, an officer of Company B, 350th Infantry, of San Antonio was killed in action in France on Sept. 13.  He was married to Miss Dorothy Dibrell in September of 1917.  Lt. Fly was 30 years old.

1944
The Randolph Field Ramblers, a football team shaped from former college stars stationed at the base, give the Texas Longhorns their worst home defeat in history (up to that point), winning 42-6.

1992
President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari all flew to San Antonio and looked on today as their three trade ministers signed documents signaling an end to negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “This meeting marks a turning point in the history of our three countries,” Bush told about 200 dignitaries and local business leaders packed into a courtyard at the Plaza San Antonio Hotel. “We are creating the largest, richest and most productive market in the entire world.”

June 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio School Board of Trustees votes to abolish all instruction in the German language in San Antonio schools.  The decision was reached after the reading of resolutions from the Salesmanship and Rotary Clubs, denouncing the teaching of German as one of the most effectual mediums of the spread of German “Kultur” and propaganda in this country.

1944
Thousands gathered at Alamo Stadium to watch ceremonies posthumously awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to S. Sgt. William J. Bordelon, Jr. The Marine sergeant’s mother received the medal on behalf of her late son.

1978
It took a five-man team of workers eight hours to place explosives throughout the building but only nine seconds to demolish the 70-year old Elks Building on the corner of Pecan and Navarro streets this morning.  The building was immortalized on the cigar boxes for Travis Club cigars.

June 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The second largest court-martial ever held in San Antonio and the third largest in the history of the United States army begins today when forty-five drafted men of the 165th depot brigade go to trial on charges of refusal to obey military orders. The men are “conscientious objectors.”

1927
Charles Lindbergh’s sister plane, Pride of San Diego (right), owned and piloted by Frank M. Hawks of Houston, Texas and carrying D.W. Campbell, representing San Diego Chamber of Commerce and Ryan Company, builders of Spirit of St. Louis, will arrive in San Antonio about 3 o’clock this afternoon.

1944
The San Antonio Light reports that a “well-known Major General” has been demoted to Lt. Colonel for stating at a cocktail party in London, “On my honor, the invasion will begin no later than June 15.”  This former General, Henry J. F. Miller, had commanded the San Antonio Air Depot at Duncan Field until 1941. He was demoted by General Eisenhower, a former classmate at West Point.