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January 4 in San Antonio history…

1922
The “Hobo Special” reached San Antonio this morning and police removed 32 tramps. This was the name given Southern Pacific freight train Extra No. 976 by the men in blue.

1947
After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

1947
John Lang Sinclair (right), alumnus of the University of Texas and author of “The Eyes of Texas,” dies and is buried in Alamo Masonic Cemetery.  Items relating to the life of John L. Sinclair may be found in the DRT Library on the Alamo grounds.

September 19 in San Antonio history…

1907
Among the trick plays being turned over in the minds of local football coaches, the forward pass is the play attracting the most attention.

1939
The first appointee if the police department’s new “petticoat squad” took up her duties today.  She is Miss Dorothy Streigler, 704 E. Euclid, one of ten women who will be hired to handle the filing of police records.

1947
San Antonio’s first recognized collegiate football team since the days of St. Mary’s Rattlers makes its opening appearance tonight as Trinity University faces Hardin Simmons at Alamo Stadium.

August 16 in San Antonio history…

1947
A complete change in the admistration and personnel of Robert B. Green hospital was recommended today by a seven-doctor committee from the Bexar County Medical Association. The group said the decline of the hospital from one of the best to an unaccredited status is due to neglect, indifference and incompetence.

1973
The San Antonio Light reports that many “with-it” San Antonians are anxiously awaiting the opening of Jim Hasslocher’s newest $1 million restaurant, The Magic Time Machine, on the former site of the Golden Derrick, off 410 near Nacogdoches road.  The restaurant “will feature discotheque music with an ‘in-person’ dee-jay at console, magic arts at tables performed by lovely Frances Willard, daughter of  the great Willard the Wizard. Piece-de-resistance items will also include prime steaks and drinks.”

1975
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the alligator gardens at Brackenridge Park will be closing within the next two weeks.  George Kimbrell, who captured the alligators himself and has operated the garden for the last 23 years, will donate the alligators to the Alligator Gardens of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

July 20 in San Antonio history…

1923
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.

1947
The mounted police are returning to the San Antonio Police Department. The first one will be assigned to patrol Brackenridge Park.

1969
Inside the Eagle lunar module, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin land on the moon.  Armstrong takes the first step onto the lunar surface at 9:56 p.m. Central time.  Aldrin follows 15 minutes later.  The first word from Tranquility Base is “Houston.”

 

June 27 in San Antonio history…

1947
A crack-down on motor scooters by San Antonio and Alamo Heights police loomed today following the second fatal scooter accident of the year.

1963
San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to African-Americans.

1967 jug-a-moo
Oak Farms Dairy introduces plastic milk jugs to replace the previous quart glass bottles.  They were given the rather unfortunate name “Jug-A-Moo.”

May 23 in San Antonio history…

1942
San Antonio’s last living Civil War veteran, Charles Sickles, is buried in the National Cemetery.

1947
Immediate action to provide transportation for the sheriff’s office was urged by Sheriff Owen Kilday.  He noted the state legislation provides that the sheriff and his deputies shall have autos and be compensated for oil, gas and operating expenses at a not-more-than-4-cents-a-mile rate.

1999
The Spurs sweep the Lakers, 118-107, in a second-round playoff series en route to their first championship.  This is the first time the Spurs sweep a best-of-seven playoff series. It is also the final game played by the Lakers in the Forum.

April 18 in San Antonio history…

1927
Archbishop Robert J. Drossaerts rededicates San Jose Mission as a sacred edifice. Restored to its original lines of 160 years ago, the mission will be reblessed to compensate for the time it lay in ruins.

1947
Mission Stadium and Ballpark opened and the first Texas league game was played there.

1994
The new home of the Missions baseball team opens under the rather generic name of the “San Antonio Municipal Baseball Stadium.”  It will be renamed for mayor Nelson Wolff in May 1995.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1896
The San Antonio City Council passes an ordinance making it “unlawful for any person to interfere in any manner with any other person or persons engaged in forming or proceeding with a procession or parade for legal purpose on the streets or plazas of San Antonio.”  The fine for violation is set for not more than twenty-five dollars.

1924
Bible reading exercises, made mandatory by action of the School Board, started the day in all San Antonio schools.

1947
A nationwide telephone strike begins at 6 a.m.  1,300 members of the telephone workers union are off the job in San Antonio. Local phone service on the dial system will not be affected until the lack of maintenance work causes breakdowns, it was pointed out by Paul West, district manager of the Southwestern Bell Company. How long this will be is anybody’s guess. A supervisory force is manning switchboards, West said, and is prepared to handle a limited number of long-distance and other calls requiring an operator. He urged telephone users to avoid all such as far as possible.

1947 – SPW – 2019

February 27 in San Antonio history…

1947
“It’s A Wonderful Life” debuts at the Majestic Theater, two months and six days after its national premiere.

1956
An all-girl vocal group called “The Wailers” makes their debut performance in the “Frolic of Fun” at Phillis Wheatley High School.  The members include Kay Byers, Gloria Himes, Lois Tonsall and 14 year-old Darlene Wright.  Wright would later move to Los Angeles and is today known as Darlene Love.  She was named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Singers.

1981
The Ace in the Hold Band, featuring George Strait, plays Gruene Hall.

January 4 in San Antonio history…

1909
The St. Anthony Hotel opened for business. After its 1936 expansion, it will become one of the first hotels in the world to get central air conditioning.

1947
After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl (right) is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

1947
John Lang Sinclair, alumnus of the University of Texas and author of “The Eyes of Texas,” dies and is buried in Alamo Masonic Cemetery.  Items relating to the life of John L. Sinclair may be found in the DRT Library on the Alamo grounds.