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July 12 in San Antonio history…

The new state law in effect today requires San Antonio automobile owners to report to the county clerk, register their names and obtain a number for their machine.  County Clerk Newton says this law affects all vehicles – gas, electric and even motorcycles.

Mayor John W. Tobin decreed that all idlers and vagrants found in San Antonio would either be jailed or forced to go to work in the cotton fields of South Texas.

San Antonio was one of the hot spots of the nation as the temperature soared to 102. There seemed to be no relief in sight for a few days.


July 4 in San Antonio history…

An immense U.S. flag has been draped from the balcony of San Antonio’s City Hall to mark the Fourth of July because it was too big to be raised on the city’s flagpole.

Despite being arrested yesterday for violating the city’s polio ban, James F. “Jimmie” Johnson, owner of Playland Park, said that he would open again today.  The city’s ban prohibits children under 14 from attending public places.  Johnson said, “I told [them] that I have been and am willing to co-operate as long as the ban is enforced downtown and in other places.  But, I also told them that I was not going to be the victim of discrimination and permit myself to be the only one to stay closed.”

476 properties are foreclosed today on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse, the most significant of which was The Republic of Texas Plaza (formerly First RepublicBank Plaza) which contains the facade of the Texas Theater along Houston Street.  NCNB bought the note on the building for $15 million on a $70 million note.  Also, Bexar Savings foreclosed on a 158-acre tract of land near the future Opryland USA theme park at Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 West (now Six Flags Fiesta Texas.)  The original note was for $27.57 million and Bexar Savings purchased it for $10.63 million.

June 28 in San Antonio history…

Within a few days it will be possible to tell the time by looking at the clock in the tower of the city hall. The machinery has been repaired and work was begun today painting the four faces.

Architect Robert H. H. Hugman meets with with Mayor Chambers, two city commissioners, a group of property owners, and other civic leaders and began his presentation on river beautification entitled “Shops of Aragon and Romula.”  The plan, which would become the San Antonio Riverwalk, was based on old world cities in Spain and France.

The Trail Drive-in theater at Military and Roosevelt opens.


June 22 in San Antonio history…

Former President of Mexico Juan Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna dies of old age in Mexico City.

Billy Graham speaks at a Youth for Christ Rally in Municipal Auditorium (right).

The Spurs use their No. 1 draft pick to select Naval Academy Midshipman David Robinson.

June 8 in San Antonio history…

West Texas Military Academy (now Texas Military Institute) graduates the class of 1897 – including future General Douglas MacArthur.  Gen. MacArthur was one of the original 49 cadets from the first class at W.T.M.A. in 1893-94.

Construction of the Sunken Garden Theater is begun.

The state department of health called for the chlorination of all water supplies in San Antonio, in spite of opposition to the measure from the city water board which fears it will cause “hysteria.”

May 1 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

KCOR, owned by Raoul Cortez, becomes the first full-time Spanish language radio station in the United States.

Isolated by a virtual army of police officers, 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan were forced into a private march in downtown San Antonio. Using more than a third of the police force, including two officers per marcher and 300 more blocking off the march area, Police Chief Robert Heuck estimated it cost the city $40,000 to provide security for the Klan.  Though successful in keeping the peace, the police were labeled “Gestapo” by the KKK members and booed by the counter-protesters.

April 25 in San Antonio history…

On April 23, 1831, Bowie and Ursula Veramendi, daughter of provincial Governor Don Juan Martin Veramendi, were married. Upon appearing before the mayor of San Antonio, he pledged to pay Ursula a dowry of $15,000. Bowie claimed his age as 32 (he was actually 35), and the value of his properties at $222,800. That was greatly exaggerated relying on over valuation of property in Arkansas and Louisiana, and included some money still owed him.
In fact, Bowie had to borrow over $2,500 from his in-laws for a honeymoon trip to New Orleans and Natchez, Louisiana. After the honeymoon, Jim and Ursula Bowie settled in San Antonio.

In a hearing this morning, Judge Robert B. Terrell ordered all carnival concessions on Milam square stopped immediately.  The shutdown was ordered after the carnival proved annoying to the patients in Santa Rosa Hospital.

Stevie Ray Vaughan (right) and Double Trouble play La Semana Alegre in Hemisfair Park.  He enjoys it so much, he vows to return in 1991.  Sadly, he will not get the chance.  He dies in a helicopter crash four months later.  (Photo by Al Rendon)

April 12 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

The mayor, desiring further to streamline the city government, has entered into negotiations for the purchase of the Smith-Young Tower.  The Don is of the opinion that the entire city government would be centered there if the deal goes through and would include the fire department and police headquarters.

Duke Ellington and his orchestra play a concert in Sunken Garden Theater. (right)

April 8 in San Antonio history…

The Commissioner’s Court unofficially endorsed the underground parking project at Travis Park with the added suggestion another be built under Main Plaza.

Longtime San Antonio rock radio favorite Legs Diamond makes their first appearance in the Alamo city, opening for Starz and Bob Seger in Convention Center Arena.

2008>January 31 in San Antonio history...
Demolition at 300 Houston Street begins.  Mando’s Restaurant and Walgreen’s Drug Store will be razed and reconstructed as a mixed-use building, including Walgreen’s.

February 20 in San Antonio history…

The Lasso girls, the Jefferson High School girls cheering section, was formed this week in a drum and bugle corps.  The 37-piece group will hold their first meeting at the school, which will furnish instruments.

Lobsters, flown alive from the East to San Antonio overnight were being featured on the Gunter hotel menu today. Freshly caught in the famed lobster waters of the Northeast, the lobsters, packed in wet seaweed, were brought to San Antonio as an experiment  in air transportation of seafoods to this city.
Should the experiment prove successful, it was said, a regular seafood transportation service will be inaugurated, connecting San Antonio with various fishing centers.

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis headlines a show at Municipal Auditorium with Jermaine Stewart, Shabba-Doo and La Franz.