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August 15 in San Antonio history…

1905
An ordinance was adopted by the city council wherein the city disclaimed any right, title or interest in the Alamo property.  The mayor was authorized to execute a quitclaim deed to Miss Clara Driscoll.

1945
While people took to the streets to celebrate Japan’s acceptance of surrender terms, effectively ending World War II, burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.

1984
The San Pedro Drive-In closes.
(photo by Jim Miller)

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August 7 in San Antonio history…

1939
Mayor Maury Maverick issues a proclamation today refusing to cancel a permit allowing a Communist meeting in Municipal Auditorium on August 24.  Maverick said, “There is no way under the law that Emma Tenayuca can be denied use of any public property for public meetings.  I respect very deeply the opinion of those who oppose Emma Tenayuca.  I oppose her myself.  I oppose Communism myself.”

1945
The San Antonio Express and Light newspapers both report that a bomb, larger than any previously known, was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima causing great damage and loss of life.  However, back on July 16, the San Antonio newspapers did not pick up a little-publicized story printed in the Gallup, NM;  Santa Fe, NM and El Paso newspapers that mentioned a huge explosion at a munitions dump near the Alamogordo Army Air Base.  This was actually the first nuclear test and would have been quite a scoop.  News of the July 16 test was finally printed today along with the news of the Hiroshima bombing.

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Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in San Antonio (right).

August 1 in San Antonio history…

1893
While digging a well on the Hot Wells property today, workmen discovered the skeleton of an “immense mastodon.” The discovery was reported to the property owner, Mr. Shacklett, and “he made an investigation, finding every portion of the frame to be petrified, excepting the teeth, on which the enamel was still plain.”  The Daily Light reports that the bones were collected together and will be well taken care of as they are “rare curiosities and very valuable.”

1945
The San Antonio Public Library purchases a rare first edition King James Bible and other rare books with money donated by the estate of Harry Hertzberg.

1984
The Majestic Theater features MTV favorites The Psychedelic Furs and Talk Talk.

July 17 in San Antonio history…

1856
San Antonio’s city limits are set as one square league with the dome of San Fernando Cathedral as center (right), divided into four wards.

1929
Mayor C. M. Chambers announced today that the two branch public libraries, to be constructed out of the 1928 bond issue at a cost of $25,000 each, will be built in Roosevelt and San Pedro parks.  Work on the buildings will begin as soon as plans and specifications now being drawn by architects can be approved by the library board.

1945
Clara Driscoll, known as the “Savior of the Alamo” dies in her penthouse at the Driscoll Hotel in Corpus Christi. She is the fourth person to lie in state at the Alamo and is buried at Alamo Masonic Cemetery.

May 8 in San Antonio history…

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The Right Reverend J.C. Neraz (right) was consecrated second bishop of San Antonio.

1941
The deed to San Jose Mission is presented to the National Park Service during a ceremony held in the granary of the old mission.

1945
The newspapers confirm the rumors that Germany has surrendered. Most of San Antonio’s downtown retail stores close in celebration of V-E Day.  Torn bits of newspaper cascade from the windows of the Majestic, Woolworth and Gunter Buildings when President Truman’s 8 a.m. radio address confirms the news.  Mrs. Porfiria Estrada crawls six blocks from her home to Our Lady of Guadalupe church in gratitude that her two soldier sons’ lives were spared during the war.

April 1 in San Antonio history…

1936
Texas drivers, for the first time in history today, were required to have a license for operating a motor vehicle.

1945
The Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, battle Charlie “Cholly” Engle’s All-Star team in a 14-inning thriller that ends up being called as a 4-4 tie.  The Monarchs had to catch a bus for Houston.  The Monarchs have a new shortstop by the name of Jackie Robinson who, unfortunately, has a double error in the seventh inning, allowing the All-Stars to score the tying run.

1966
First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Johnson is the special guest for the Fiesta de las Luminarias river parade and flips the switch on a new $11,000 aesthetic lighting system along the route.  She also plants an elm tree seedling behind the Villita Assembly Building.  It is from the elm planted on the White House grounds by John Quincy Adams in 1826.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

1945
Trinity University officials announced the school’s new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.

1956
San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.

1993
Collin Raye and Restless Heart perform at Fiesta Texas’s Sangerfest Halle as part of their “Texas Connection” show on TNN.

February 24 in San Antonio history…

1913
San Antonians who enjoy the Mutt and Jeff cartoons in the San Antonio Light will have the opportunity to see their creator draw these characters in Pathè’s Weekly, showing today at the Wigwam Theater #2.

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Sam Pokloff states in the San Antonio Express newspaper that his company, Academy Junk & Salvage, has received a shipment of 1,000 new porcelain teakettles along with some army beds.  The company was founded in 1938 as Academy Tire Shop on South Flores street and named for nearby St. Henry’s Academy.  The company is now known as Academy Sports and Outdoors.

1985
San Antonians are given their first look at the newly refurbished Municipal Auditorium after completion of a two-year renovation project.  The building was gutted in 1979 by a fire started by a workman’s cigarette.

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1929
Gene Meador Packard moves into their new building at Main and Poplar streets.

1945
D. A. “Jelly” Bryce, in charge of the San Antonio office of the FBI, is featured in a LIFE magazine pictorial demonstrating his quick-draw technique.  Bryce can drop a silver dollar from shoulder height with his right hand, draw his pistol with the same hand and shoot the dollar before it hits the ground.  Bryce took over as FBI chief here one year ago.

1956
Municipal Auditorium features “The Biggest ‘In Person’ Show of ’56” with Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clyde McPhatter, The Clovers, Chuck Berry, Ella Johnson, Shirley & Lee, Shirley Gunther, The Flairs and  Buddy Johnson & His Big Band.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

1918
Recently, Albert Steves, Jr. took a trip to Houston via the most direct route through Gonzales, Columbus and Flatonia.  The road through Victoria, Cuero and Richmond is 30 miles longer but a much better road.  Mr. Steve’s writes that there were not two miles on the Gonzales route where he could make 25 miles per hour and the only word fit for the roads he took is “horrible.”

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

1945
Publication of the San Antonio Light, Express and Evening News was suspended when members of the American Typographical Union walked out of the composing rooms of these three newspapers.