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June 12 in San Antonio history…

Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon Jr. of San Antonio was announced as posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died at Tarawa.

San Antonio spigots are going to drip instead of gush if water users don’t practice conservation, city engineers predicated today.  There’s little chance summer rains will eliminate the drought, they say, and the postwar demands on a pre-war water system drain the supply.

San Antonio television enthusiasts will have to wait until late this year before enjoying local TV broadcasts.  Joseph Karpinsky, a local dealer, estimates there are probably no more than 50 sets in San Antonio homes.


June 10 in San Antonio history…

The nickel pass of the bus rider was eliminated today by a 4-to-1 votes of the City Council.  Passes will be eliminated July 4, increasing fare for twice-daily riders in the first zone by 15 cents and 25 cents in the second zone.

The Bee Gees make their only San Antonio appearance in Municipal Auditorium.  Revelation opens the show.

The Joffrey Ballet of New York performs in San Antonio for the first time.

March 27 in San Antonio history…

The Mission Drive-In (right) opens, showing “The Pirates of Monterey” with Maria Montez.

The Jackson Five perform at the Convention Center Arena.  Former Express-News columnist Cary Clack attends the show.

Contemporary Christian artists Amy Grant and Rich Mullins perform at Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium.

January 25 in San Antonio history…

The Lone Star flag designed by Peter Krag (right) is approved by the Texas Senate, House of Representatives and the President of Texas, David Burnet.  It becomes the official flag of the Republic of Texas.

Rin-Tin-Tin III and his trainer appear at the Majestic Theater for a benefit to raise money for the March of Dimes.

The San Antonio Hard Rock Café  holds its grand opening celebration, featuring Cheap Trick and Selena y Los Dinos.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Food Administration has rescinded the rule that only 70 percent of wheat flour be used in making cake.  This means that, after Sept. 1, cake will again be a food staple.  It also means that the doughnut will come into its own again and that coffee cake and sweet rolls will once more appear on breakfast menus.

Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there.

WOAI-TV’s “Early Evening Report” expands from a 30-minute show to 60 minutes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  The popular news show features James Metcalf, Bob Perkins, Harold Baker and Martha Buchanan, the first female anchor of a San Antonio news program.


August 3 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Because of the war, the National League baseball season of 1918 will end no later than September 2.  Immediately afterward, the winning club will participate in a world series with the American League pennant winners, provided that arrangements for such a contest can be made.

Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there and simulcast on 101.1 FM.

Miss Metroplex, Courtney Ann Gibbs, 20, is crowned Miss Texas-USA in the Municipal Auditorium.  The pageant is televised live to more than six million viewers statewide. Miss Bedford, Gretchen Polhemus, is second runner up and would not only win Miss Texas-USA two years later but go on to be crowned Miss USA.

April 6 in San Antonio history…

One year from the day the United States entered the world war, the nation started today collection the $3,000,000 from its citizens as the third Liberty Loan to finance the fighting.  It was a day of patriotic celebration, of parades of soldiers, of soldiers and civilians, marching together to symbolize the important part each must play in winning the war.

The San Pedro Outdoor Theatre [Drive-In] opens, featuring “Daisy Kenyon” with Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda and San Antonio’s own Joan Crawford.

After years of planning and a cost of $156 million, HemisFair ’68 opens to the public.  The World’s Fair will last for 184 days.

November 9 in San Antonio history…

A large train of United States camels pass down Commerce Street on their way to Camp Verde.

1917 – World War I
Governor Will Hobby visits Camp Travis for an army luncheon and a review of the 25,000 men of the Ninetieth Division.  He was also taken for an aeroplane ride with Maj. J. W. Heard.  Tonight, the governor is to be the special guest of the Rotary Club at a dinner at which general and staff officers of the army and Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio are also to be guests.

The Centeno family opens their first supermarket at 1802 W. Commerce St.


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.

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.

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

September 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Plans for inaugurating the system of intensive instruction scheduled for the national army, Nineteenth division, Camp Travis, are going rapidly forward. Practically all details are worked out, and in fact the elementary training the recruits are receiving is in line with the system which later will be put into operation. Special attention is being given at this time to plans for opening the division schools, where the men will be trained in the various methods of warfare. Each of these schools will be in charge of a brigadier general as an instructor and they will open directly after the arrival early in October of the remainder of the division.

More than six inches of rain falls in twelve hours in San Antonio, causing major flooding.  Water reached the fifty-foot level at Olmos Dam, only ten feet from the top.  Six people are killed and property damage is estimated at $8 million. ($88 million in 2010 dollars.)

President Truman visits San Antonio on a whirlwind campaign tour.  He speaks briefly at the Alamo: “This,” he said, “is one of the historic monuments of the world, a monument to heroism, a monument to the tight for liberty all over the world. My one ambition is to see a peacefully happy world.” That was all.