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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.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

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.

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

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…

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.

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

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…

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

The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

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…

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

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

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

November 13 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

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…

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

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.

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