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April 28 in San Antonio history…

1945
The Kansas City Monarchs play the second game of a two-game series with the Cincinnati-Indianapolis Clowns in a Negro League matchup at Tech Field today.  The Clowns win again, 8-4.

1958San Antonio Express, 29 April 1953
Two tornadoes (later rated F3 and F4) strike Bexar County in the area of Helotes, killing two people and injuring twenty.

1960
Joske’s closes the Chuckwagon and Camelia Room restaurants when African-American customers ask for service there.

April 1 in San Antonio history…

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.

1947air-conditioned buses
The San Antonio Transit Company begins putting into service their new fleet of 50 air-conditioned city buses.  The Alamo city is the first city in the world to have air-conditioned metropolitan buses.  They even offer free rides on a downtown loop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

1952
The name of the producers of Pearl beer has been officially changed from San Antonio Brewing Association to Pearl Brewing Company, according to Datus E. Proper, vice-president and general manager.

1996
Longtime San Antonio grocers Centeno Supermarkets files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

March 29 in San Antonio history…

1925
Architect’s drawings for the new $1,500,000 Texas Theater were published in the newspaper.

1945
Marine SSgt Lucian Adams is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 28 October 1944, near St. Die, France.”

1962
McCreless Shopping City holds its grand opening celebration.  The new mall contains the city’s second Montgomery Ward department store (right).

January 23 in San Antonio history…

1945tophouse
Parks Commissioner Henry Hein banned Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings from San Antonio parks.

1964
The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and abolished the poll tax for federal elections.  The State of Texas did not ratify the amendment.  It was one of five states (Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia & Alabama) to still charge a poll tax for local and state elections.

1968
The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place (right).

December 17 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Texas Theater holds its formal grand opening.  The theater will be opened to the public on December 18.

1945ercoupe
San Antonians flocked to Joske’s to see the new Ercoupe airplane on the fourth floor of the department store.  It was hoisted through a window, minus the wings, which it cleared by only three inches (right).  Three airplanes were sold in the first thirty minutes of business today.

1971
San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, captures the 4A state championship, 28-27, over Wichita Falls.  This is the first high school game played at the brand new Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

December 6 in San Antonio history…

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

1947
The first flu death since May was on record today at the city health department. It raised the number of reported flu cases this year to 94 and deaths to 34, compared to 70 cases and 36 deaths at the same date last year.

1956
It was announced the Lone Star Brewery had purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world’s largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1889
Justice McAllister is holding an inquest in the death of Billy Ellis at the Silver King saloon yesterday morning. There are 15 witnesses to examine and it will take practically all day.

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.

1964
The Express-News has acquired a new FCC-approved radio system to allow their reporters to communicate stories on-scene back to the news office.  “The Handie-Talkie is strapped to his belt and weighs no more than a photographer’s strobe light battery,” the article gushed.  “No other San Antonio newspaper, radio or TV station has a portable system like it.”

October 23 in San Antonio history…

1945
City officials, khaki-clad buddies and mantilla-covered neighbors thronged into the City Council chamber to commemmorate “Cleto Rodriguez Day” in San Antonio. The youth, a former newsboy, who returned from the war a Medal of Honor winner, was visibly nervous.

1972
Muhammad Ali arrives in San Antonio today to prepare for his exhibitions against Sonny Moore, Ronnie Wright and Terry Daniels tomorrow in Municipal Auditorium.  Each bout will be for three rounds and they will be sandwiched between two preliminaries and a pair of 10-round scraps.

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Vanna White (right), star of CBS game show “Wheel of Fortune,” signs autographs at the H-E-B supermarket at 1533 Austin Highway.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

1924
The Gunter Hotel is purchased from the San Antonio Hotel Company for $1,400,000 by the Baker Hotel Company.

1945
Sgt. Cleto Rodriguez, San Antonio’s sixth winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, is soon to become a bridegroom and grateful Latin-American citizenry are planning to “start him off right” for his feat of killing 62 Japanese in Manila. The former San Antonio newsboy, honored at a banquet last night at the Gunter hotel, stands to get “a house, a car and all the trimmin’s” if representatives of Latin American organizations can raise approximately $15,000.

2003
Santikos opens the new Mayan 14-screen theater, replacing the Century Plaza 8 complex, built in 1968 as the Century South, San Antonio’s first multiplex.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

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The University of Texas defeats Oklahoma A&M, 14-6, in a game played at League Park here in San Antonio.

1945
Scores of San Antonians plan to be in Kerrville today to witness the hometown celebration accorded Admiral Nimitz. Thousands of others—stay-at-homes—planned to listen to the festivities broadcast over radio station WOAI.