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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.

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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.

August 1 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
More than 30,000 San Antonians have been inoculated against typhoid and smallpox since last November.  Free clinics were established last November with the prime purpose of inoculating and vaccinating people who handled food or drink in establishments serving soldiers.

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.

1962
U.S. Customs agents in San Antonio are going to make an inventory of all gold coins minted after 1933 which are contained in the rare coin collection at Witte Museum.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Maj. General Henry T. Allen, commander of Camp Travis, spoke today before the Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon at the St. Anthony Hotel, saying, “Lloyd George has made the statement and it has been published abroad and I suppose over here, that no great offensive, costly in lives, is to be made by the allies until the Americans are here in force.”

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.

December 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Wives and other dependents are making pilgrimages to Camp Travis to try and secure the release of drafted husbands, brothers and sons.  Announcements from the camp seek to discourage such trips and monetary expenditures as they are accomplishing nothing.

1945
The world’s first air-conditioned bus rolled into experimental use here and surprised and pleased customers.

1974
Joe Cocker performs at Municipal Auditorium in support of his new release “I Can Stand a Little Rain.”  English trio Trapeze opens the show.

November 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 -World War I
Premier Alexander Kerensky is deposed by the Maximalists in Russia.  Officials in Washington fear that civil war will soon follow, which would be a major blow to to the cause of the Allied forces in the war.

1945
Two bids for 345 miles of rural electric lines in Gonzales, Guadalupe, Wilson, Bexar and Lavaca counties were received by the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative today.  If accepted, construction of the lines will bring electricity to 605 additional farm homes.

1948
KYFM gets new 72,000 watt transmitter and radio tower.