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April 8 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Light advertises a new program to promote interest in aviation for boys and girls – the Junior Birdmen of America – sponsored by the Hearst Corporation.  Children can mail in the printed coupon along with ten cents to join the organization, which begins in one week.

A B-29 bomber crashes on approach to Kelly Air Force Base.  The plane is destroyed but all six crewmen survive.

Superbaby.  That’s what Baptist Memorial Hospital has tagged Robert Daniel Sczepanik, two-day-old heavyweight born April 6.  Mighty Robert weighed in at 13 pounds, 6.5 ounces, to set a possible record for the hospital in baby weights.

April 3 in San Antonio history…

To celebrate their 11 years in business, Academy Army Surplus Company, with stores at 117 Soledad and 1301 S. Flores St., is holding a big anniversary sale.   The company began in 1939 as Academy Tire Shop on S. Flores and is named for nearby St. Henry’s Academy.  (It is known today as Academy Sports and Outdoors.)

The Grand Dragon of the KKK, Charles Lee, tells the San Antonio Light that the Klan will be in San Antonio on May 1 to “protect the Alamo from Communists.”

The mercury reaches an all-time low for the date of 31 degrees, the latest freeze in San Antonio history.  (Still a record today.)

March 29 in San Antonio history…

Local drug stores may soon be selling medicinal beer as well as medicinal whiskey. The new “health booster” will be sold by prescription only.

At the request of Joe Freeman, the court rescinded an order last Oct. 26 naming the coliseum the Joe Freeman Coliseum.

Bexar County is one of 10 spots in Texas picked for the long-awaited polio vaccine trials that may wipe out Infantile Paralysis. Every second grader in town gets three shots over a five-week period to complete the vaccination.

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.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

The Studer Photo Company acquires the property at 402 San Pedro for their new headquarters.

Trinity University officials announced the school’s new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.

The Olmos Theater (right) opens showing “The Girl from Manhattan”, starring Dorothy Lamour and Charles Laughton.

February 17 in San Antonio history…

The first San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Exposition is kicked off – in the brand new Bexar County Coliseum (later known as the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.)

The 70-year old exhibit hall at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne is destroyed by fire.  The cause is later determined to be arson.

The Finck Cigar Company building, built in 1882,  is illegally demolished at 7:45 on a Sunday morning.  A construction company crew discovered at the debris-covered site of the designated city landmark was cited for allegedly violating the city code by not having a demolition permit.  Just weeks after the demolition, State Sen. Frank Tejeda filed a bill requiring responsible parties to rebuild historic buildings that are damaged or destroyed, or pay an amount equal to the estimated replacement cost to be used for preservation projects. But since the bill was not retroactive, it could not be used to make anyone pay the estimated $200,000 it would have cost to replace the Finck Building. In the end, the joint venture paid a $25,000 fine to the city for the demolition.

February 10 in San Antonio history…

The new traffic ordinance goes into effect in two days.  Police Chief Lancaster has directed the printing of several thousand booklets containing a synopsis of the more important regulations, such as:  “Drivers must signal to drivers behind them before stopping by raising the hand or whip” and “No intoxicated person or person under the influence of liquor shall operate a vehicle on the streets of the city.”

The Harlem Globetrotters add an afternoon game vs. the New York Celtics because of high demand for tomorrow night’s double-header in the Alamo Stadium gymnasium.  The Globetrotters are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Giants in the second game of the evening.  The Philadelphia SPHA and New York teams will battle in the first game.  The south side of the gym has been reserved for negro fans and the north side for whites.

San Antonio is chosen for the site of the new Toyota truck plant.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

Local supervisors have begun the recruiting of 450 field enumerators for the 1950 census taking.  Aiding Donald H. Hogan, district supervisor, in preliminary work is Mrs. Mary B. Huntress, assistant district supervisor.

A plan for a “hemisfair” – a world’s fair for Latin American countries and the U.S. – was being considered today.  A chamber of commerce committee decided to probe the possibility of having such a fair in 1960.

A rare copy of a Mexican newspaper containing the earliest known official announcement of the fall of the Alamo is now on display at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library next to the Alamo. The newspaper dated March 21, 1836, was acquired from Maury A. Bromsen, a rare books and manuscripts dealer in Boston.


January 20 in San Antonio history…

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The first issue of the San Antonio Light rolls off the printing presses. It remains in circulation until January 28, 1993.

Plans for the erection of a monument to the memory of Ben Milam will be made at a meeting of the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association and the Ben Milam Memorial Fund Committee.  Miss Katherine Hart will be chairman.

H. K. Williams Elementary School in the Edgewood district is holding its open house today.  The school is located at 3014 Rivas Street.  Mr. Williams, namesake of the new school, served as superintendent of the Edgewood school from 1930 to 1948.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

The new H. L. Green store (right), built on the site of the old Grand Opera House at Crockett and Alamo Streets, holds its grand opening.  Artifacts from the Grand Opera House were given to the Witte Museum.

Patrick J. Moree and Paula D. Bridges become the first couple to marry in a San Antonio river barge.

Canadian rock trio Rush brings their “Power Windows Tour” to the San Antonio Convention Center Arena.  The Steve Morse Band opens.