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August 30 in San Antonio history…

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

1948
Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there.

1965
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.

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August 21 in San Antonio history…

1928
Notification of the acceptance by the Secretary of War of the site offered by San Antonio as the future home of the Air Corps Training Center, was received here today.  Land for the “West Point of the Air” was donated by the city.

1948
Thirty-one days out of the past three months have recorded temperatures of 100 degrees or more, the highest number on record in the weather bureau.  The previous record of 18 days was in 1911.  (The record is now 58 days, set in 2009.)

1955
All new police cars are being equipped with beacon-ray emergency red lights that flash revolving red beams as a warning to all.  Sixteen lights have been installed and are in operation now, said Capt. Frank Mosel.  They are replacing the old blinker lights which were much smaller and flashed only forward.

 

August 9 in San Antonio history…

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Mike Nesmith is the featured performer at a hootenanny held in La Villita Assembly Hall to raise money for the March of Dimes (right).  He would later find fame as one of The Monkees.

1948
The San Antonio Public Service Company today announced plans for complete modernization of the city street lights. To be completed in six years, the program calls for illumination of an intense degree in the downtown area.

1969
Midnight Cowboy begins showing in San Antonio at the Broadway Theater at 4940 Broadway.  It remains the only X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

August 3 in San Antonio history…

1883
The first issue of the San Antonio Light is published. (Originally published starting in 1881 as The Evening Light.)

1905
Mrs. Anson Jones and Mrs. C. H. Hilby of Houston, president and secretary of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, today formally transferred to the state all the interests on the society in the Alamo.  All legal requirements are satisfactory and the mission will be in full possession of the state by September 1.

1987
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.

June 12 in San Antonio history…

1944
Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon Jr. of San Antonio was announced as posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died at Tarawa.

1948
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.

1949
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…

1948
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.

1975
The Bee Gees make their only San Antonio appearance in Municipal Auditorium.  Revelation opens the show.

1976
The Joffrey Ballet of New York performs in San Antonio for the first time.

March 27 in San Antonio history…

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

1971
The Jackson Five perform at the Convention Center Arena.  Former Express-News columnist Cary Clack attends the show.

1986
Contemporary Christian artists Amy Grant and Rich Mullins perform at Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium.

January 25 in San Antonio history…

1839
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.

1948
Rin-Tin-Tin III and his trainer appear at the Majestic Theater for a benefit to raise money for the March of Dimes.

1995
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.

1948
Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there.

1965
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.

 

April 6 in San Antonio history…

1918
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.

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.

1968
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.