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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.

1946
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.)

1948
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.

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September 26 in San Antonio history…

1946
Sheriff Owen Kilday said today that Olmos Dam should be renamed Tobin Dam in honor of former mayor John Tobin.  It was Mayor Tobin who conceived the idea for Olmos Dam and the work was completed during his term as mayor.

1948
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.

1969
“The Brady Bunch” premieres on KSAT-12 at 7:00 p.m.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

1917
The robbery of the Alamo Jewelry Company, 515 Alamo Plaza, which occurred yesterday afternoon, was quickly solved when Detectives Green and Harris raided a house on the south side of the city this afternoon. One man was arrested and a quantity of the gold coins recovered. A second man who was in the house ran away and although shot at several times, he escaped. The gold coins stolen were estimated to be worth $1,000 by I. Arbetter, proprietor of the store.  The list of coins stolen, as furnished to detectives, include $195 worth
of mutilated American and foreign coins, forty-two old gold Spanish coins, worth $20 each, some of the sixteenth century and others dated from 1728 to 1840; eleven $3 gold pieces, a $10 gold Pikes Peak gold coin; four 2.50 gold pieces; a gold Carolina dollar and two dozen 25 and
50 cent pieces.

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

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The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos play an AFL preseason exhibition game in Alamo Stadium. The Chargers won, 6-3.

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.

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Television station KCOR UHF Channel 41 (now KWEX) takes to the airwaves as the country’s first Spanish language TV station (right).

1983
Morris “Mo” McHone is named the sixth head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, replacing Stan Albeck, who said he could no longer work for Spurs President Angelo Drossos.

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.