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January 2 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio students celebrated today’s severe 18-degree temperatures.  The high and junior schools were dismissed when all heating systems were disabled.  Officials hope for more moderate temperatures tomorrow.

Teen-age vandals set fire to the 55-foot municipal Christmas tree on Alamo Plaza. Only the steel frame and a charred utility pole remain.

After a morning of sleet and freezing rain, a winter storm dumps 2.4 inches of snow on the Alamo City, surprising weather forecasters.  This is the first snow since January 13, 1982 and the most since February 22, 1966.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

Lieutenant T. O. Miller, head of the city’s traffic squad, says that due to traffic, parking on Houston Street and other downtown streets will probably have to be prohibited.

The San Antonio Light reports that the Saturday Evening Post recently requested a photo of an historical building in San Antonio, so a photograph of the Alamo was sent.  They then wanted to know the height of the Alamo façade.  No one seemed to know, so Frank T. Drought, engineer, had it measured with a transit.  It is exactly 33 feet high.

Local entertainer, street performer and downtown fixture, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman, dies at age 76.

November 9 in San Antonio history…

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

Rev. R. Paul Soupiset, a San Antonio Methodist minister, posed as a hobo in Houston’s skid row for four days so he would be “better equipped to continue” his work.

John Jay High School’s Ruben Reina wins the UIL Class 5A Cross-Country title, blazing through the three-mile course in 15:07.  He’s the first San Antonian to win the title since Jay’s Mark Andersen did it in 1976.

September 27 in San Antonio history…

A federal judge is keeping Lyndon Johnson’s name off the ballot until alleged voter fraud in Jim Wells, Duval and Zapata counties can be examined.

John Russell “Hondo” Crouch, self-proclaimed mayor and “clown prince” of Luckenbach, passes away at the age of 60.

The three-day First International Mariachi Conference begins today at El Mercado and the Arneson River Theater.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

A Chamber of Commerce study predicts that San Antonio will have a population of 700,000 people by 1966.

The Los Angeles Rams play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Alamo Stadium. The Eagles win (right).

North Star Mall officials unveiled the partially completed new wing that will feature 45 retail stores including Pat Magee’s, Florsheim Shoes, Foot Locker, Gadzooks, Lane Bryant, and Marshall Field’s department store.  The addition will be completed on Oct. 31 and will eventually bring the square footage of North Star Mall to 1.2 million square feet.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West  & J. P. Newcomb, ceases publication.

Creation of a metropolitan health district which will finance the operation of the Robert B. Green and other county hospitals was underway today. The plan was given impetus when Alamo Heights voted a 15-cent tax levy as its contribution.

A 9-by-12 inch lithograph entitled “Marcelle Lender – en Buste” by famed artist Toulouse-Latrec is stolen from the McNay Art Museum.  The painting was done in 1896 and is valued at about $25,000.  The thieves placed a typewritten note in the display stating “Temporarily Removed from Exhibit.”

July 11 in San Antonio history…

Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

A 24-year old married woman becomes the city’s 80th polio victim.

A pilot from Randolph Air Force Base makes an unauthorized flight in an AT-6 Texan airplane and loses control, crashing into a house and apartment complex in the 600 block of Elmira Street, killing an elderly woman along with the himself.

April 24 in San Antonio history…

The first Battle of Flowers parade is held (right).

The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

Members of San Antonio’s NAACP and youth council participate in a sit-in and picket demonstration to protest the segregation of two of the restaurants inside Joske’s – the Chuck Wagon and Camellia Room.

April 6 in San Antonio history…

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

The grand opening of Woodlake Terrace features Charles Brown and Etta James.

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.

March 10 in San Antonio history…

Movie ads tout the new Humphrey Bogart movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” premiering tomorrow at the Majestic.

The Alameda Theater on Houston Street (right) holds its grand opening.

The opening of a temporary grade school at Kelly Air Force Base and the construction of a permanent school at Lackland Air Force Base are under study by school and military authorities.