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December 15 in San Antonio history…

The new ultra-modern science hall of Incarnate Word College was ready for use. Dedication ceremonies were held, attended by Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York and military vicar of the U.S. Armed Forces.

After premiering during Memorial Day weekend, “Return of the Jedi” ends a remarkable 29-week run at Northwest 10 theater.

“Ginny,” a 37-year old Asian elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, kills her keeper by picking him up with her trunk and throwing him to the ground.  Ginny has been at the zoo since 1962 and used to give rides to children.


May 1 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
Leslie M. Shaw, Secretary of the Treasury under the McKinley and Roosevelt administrations, speaking to an audience at the St. Anthony ballroom last night, urged a united American effort to win the war and declared that in his opinion America would have to send ten million men to France before this is accomplished.

The City Public Service Board approved plans for Municipal Auditorium air conditioning drawn for the city by Engineer Martin E. Staley.

April 13 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Lucchese boot company advertises their military boots in the San Antonio Light newspaper.

Definite announcement of the intention of the late Mrs. Marion Koogler McNay to bequeath her fabulous estate and art collection to San Antonio as a cultural center awaited the arrival of her attorneys from Ohio.

Dillard’s reaches an agreement with the Allied Stores Corporation and their new owner, the Campeau Corporation, to purchase the 27 Joske’s stores in Texas and Arizona.  Some of the Dillard stores in Texas have competed with Joske’s, and William Dillard Sr., Dillard’s chairman, called the merger ”an important strategic step for our company, which will significantly enhance our presence in Texas and Tennessee.”


February 6 in San Antonio history

The right of the board of education to require vaccination as a prerequisite for admission to the San Antonio public schools was sustained by the Fourth Court of Civil Appears in an opinion handed down today in the case of Ferd Staffel et. al. vs. the San Antonio Board of Education.

An invitation to inspect the new Coliseum was issued to the public by E. W. Bickett, Coliseum manager. Bickett stated that the building will be open every day for public inspection, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, and that visitors would be welcome to inspect the grounds and facilities that will house the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Autry-Colborn World’s Championship Rodeo, Feb. 17-26.

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory speaks at St. Mary’s University and his remarks cause a firestorm of controversy, forcing the university president to call a hasty press conference and issue an apology.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The day after war is declared on Austria, Brooks Field is dedicated and Kelly Field was in operation.

After yesterday’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial forces of Japan, and an impassioned speech by President Roosevelt, Congress declares war on Japan by near-unanimous vote.  The lone dissenting vote is Jeannette Rankin (R- Montana) who says, “As a woman I can’t go to war and I refuse to send anyone else.”  She was urged to change her vote or at least abstain so that the vote would be unanimous.  She refused.

Mayor White asked San Antonians to observe a moment of daily prayer in respect for the Korean crisis.

June 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Camp Kelly, the aviation field south of San Antonio, is to be enlarged to a reservation of nearly 2,500 acres and between 20,000 and 30,000 men of the aviation section are to be stationed there, according to J. H. Kirkpatrick and C. B. Fowler who returned Saturday night from a conference with War
Department officials in Washington.

The official city seal of Alamo Heights went on public display today (right).  The seal was adopted after a city-sponsored contest last fall. The winner was Charles Chambers, a student at the Littlehouse School of Art.

The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

April 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I – Loyalty Day
Fifteen thousand people paraded through the streets of San Antonio to demonstrate their loyalty to flag and country today.  The parade started just after 2:00 p.m. and continued until nearly 5:00 p.m.  An estimated crowd of 75,000 people lined the streets to watch and cheer.

The weekly San Antonio Evening Light is discontinued and, under new management, the first issue of the San Antonio Daily Light newspaper rolls off the printing press.

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.)

Ingram Square Cinema IV opens today with four first-run movies.  The multi-screen complex seats 1,400 and is managed by Pat Clark.  She comes to San Antonio from managing a theater in Waco.

January 10 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio’s second television station, KEYL, goes on the air with a test pattern, broadcasting on Channel 5, at noon today. Regular programming begins on February 1. The station is operated by the San Antonio Television Company.   (KEYL will later change its call letters to KGBS and then KENS.)

Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn, Jr., winner of last year’s International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow – the first American to win the competition – performs with the San Antonio Symphony.

Demolition begins on the Bluebonnet Hotel.

January 9 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio has at last been placed on the list of Andrew Carnegie and will get $50,000 for a new library.

An emergency contract for $35,575 to relieve fire-trap conditions at the San Antonio State Hospital, a situation considered too urgent to wait for legislative action, was let today at a meeting of the Board for State Hospitals and Special Schools. Gov. Allan Shivers earlier had pointed out that the recent disastrous mental hospital fire at Davenport, Iowa, costing 40 lives, might easily have happened at any one of our Texas institutions, the state hospitals at San Antonio, Abilene, Austin or Terrell.

“The World of Star Trek” comes to the Convention Center Arena.  The convention features creator Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek pilot episode “The Cage” and the infamous Star Trek blooper reels.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

Travis Cotton, 28, of 206 Weaver Street, was waiting when the recruiting office opened this morning and is the first San Antonian to volunteer after the Pearl Harbor attack yesterday.

Mayor White asked San Antonians to observe a moment of daily prayer in respect for the Korean crisis.

The Dave Clark Five made their first San Antonio appearance at the Bexar County Coliseum. San Antonio teenagers were feeling glad all over.