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April 24 in San Antonio history…

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

1948
The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

1994
David Robinson scores 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to win the NBA scoring title over Shaquille O’Neal.  Robinson and George Gervin are the only Spurs players to win scoring titles.

March 27 in San Antonio history…

1941
Robert Emmet Lucey is installed as the second Archbishop of San Antonio at San Fernando Cathedral.

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

2004
Disney’s movie “The Alamo” premieres at the Majestic Theater.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1914
In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler, the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association, is murdered by his mistress, Hedda Burgemeister.

1948
A new city is born in the suburbs of San Antonio today.  Citizens in Balcones Heights voted by a lopsided margin of 25 to 3 for incorporation.

1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

1856
The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West  & J. P. Newcomb, ceases publication.

1940
A city detective chasing a burglary suspect today at Alamo and Market streets fired warning shots into the air in order to persuade the suspect to stop.  One of the bullets entered a northeast window of the children’s room in the San Antonio Public Library and shattered when it hit a steel bar in the window frame, showering glass and bullet fragments onto the startled readers.  No one was injured and the suspect was apprehended when he jumped into the San Antonio River.

1948
Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there and simulcast on 101.1 FM.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

1882
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.

1948
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 pilot.

1983
At 7:56 p.m., USFL Commissioner Chet Simmons awards a football franchise to San Antonio in front of a crowd of 1,200 people outside the west gate of Alamo Stadium.  “You’re all marvelous,” he says.  “If we could package all this enthusiasm and take it around the country, we would have 100 franchises.”  The team will be known as the Gunslingers.

April 24 in San Antonio history…

1891
The first Battle of Flowers parade is held.

1948
The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

1977
“The Dreamweaver,” Gary Wright (right), performs at Municipal Auditorium.  Starcastle and Blackfoot open.

April 20 in San Antonio history…

1891
President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

1948
A Night in Old San Antonio will be presented by the Conservation society [for the first time] this evening at La Villita and along Villita St. The public is invited. At 6 p. m. a street market will be opened with booths and strolling musicians. Supper will be served at chili stands and chuck wagons at 6:30. At the same hour there will an exhibition of Spanish dancing.

1980
The Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside and Dynasty perform at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.

April 6 in San Antonio history…

1905
President Theodore Roosevelt was greeted by top city and military officials when his special train arrived for the Rough Riders’ reunion.

1948
The San Pedro Outdoor Theatre [Drive-In] opens, featuring “Daisy Kenyon” with Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda and San Antonio’s own Joan Crawford.

1968hemisfair
HemisFair ’68 opened to the public.

March 27 in San Antonio history…

1941
Robert Emmet Lucey is installed as the second Archbishop of San Antonio at San Fernando Cathedral.

1948
The Mission Drive-In opens, showing “The Pirates of Monterey” with Maria Montez.

1986amy grant
Contemporary Christian artists Amy Grant (right) and Rich Mullins perform at Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The Officers’ casualty list for the fortnight ending October 25 shows that the British army in all theaters of the war lost 474 officers killed, 837 wounded and 147 missing, a total of 1,468, which brings the casualties since the beginning of the to 19,668.

1936
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”

1946
The freshman football teams of the University of Texas and A&M College of Texas play in front of 3,749 fans at Alamo Stadium.  The Shorthorns prevail over the Little Aggies, 21-7.

1948
An x-ray machine has been placed at Wheatley courts and free x-rays will be offered to tenants of the courts and residents of the surrounding area for two weeks in order to detect active cases of tuberculosis.  A similar program was recently offered at Lincoln courts.