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June 11 in San Antonio history…

1936
President Franklin D. Roosevelt accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt and Governor James V. Allred, stopped in San Antonio long enough to be given a rousing welcome by approximately 75,000 people who line the downtown streets.In an address at the Alamo, President Roosevelt eulogized the “Shrine of Texas Liberty.”

1953
Stonewall Davis becomes the first African-American appointed to the San Antonio Public Library board.

1955
San Antonio Junior Colleges desegregate. Hubert F. Lindsey & Lonnie Deadrick become the  first African-Americans to enroll at San Antonio College. E. C. Obenshain becomes the first Anglo to enroll at St. Philip’s College.

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June 7 in San Antonio history…

1927
A steam shovel is used for the first time in San Antonio in construction of Commercial National Bank.

1944
The San Antonio Light reports that a “well-known Major General” has been demoted to Lt. Colonel for stating at a cocktail party in London, “On my honor, the invasion will begin no later than June 15.”  This former General, Henry J. F. Miller, had commanded the San Antonio Air Depot at Duncan Field until 1941. He was demoted by General Eisenhower, a former classmate at West Point.  Miller died in San Antonio five years later and is buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

1953
The historic Nic Tengg home, owned by the Tengg family for over 101 years, has been sold to Joske’s of Texas as an addition to the store’s parking lot.  The two-story wood, brick and adobe house – long a landmark at 326 E. Crockett St. – will end its colorful career as it gives way to progress and a growing, bustling city.

December 23 in San Antonio history…

1820
Moses Austin arrives in San Antonio where he will meet with Mexican authorities to ask permission for 300 Anglo families to settle in Texas.

1921
More than 3,000 children are expected to participate in festivities around the towering Rotary tree on Alamo Plaza tonight.

1953
Suffering from the wheezes, sneezes and general all-around breezes?  If so, forget it becuase you’re probably just another victim of San Antonio’s newest epidemic: “Christmas tree hay fever.”

August 12 in San Antonio history…

1922
Frost Bank moves into its new multistory “skyscraper” at the SW corner of Commerce and Flores streets (now the Municipal Plaza Building.)

1927
“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York.  The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper.  The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1953
Kelly’s gigantic C-99, heretofore known as the XC-99 will open a new area in its historic flights today when it takes off on its first intercontinental flight for Europe.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

1918
Women are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary in Texas for the first time.  Candidate William P. Hobby for governor, Annie Webb Blanton for state superintendent of public instruction and other candidates favored by the women are victorious.

1927
Despite Department of Commerce rulings that Stinson Field is too small for a Class A municipal airport, Phil Wright, acting mayor, said he was going ahead with plans to clear the land there.

1953
Contruction of a gigantic hangar at Kelly Air Force Base, capable of housing 10 huge B-36 bombers simultaneously, will begin early in September.  According to reports here it will be the largest building in the world.

July 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonio aviator Edgar Tobin shoots down two German fighter planes over Vieville, France for which he receives the Distinguished Flying Cross:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar Gardner Tobin, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville, France, July 16, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines in the region of Vieville, First Lieutenant Tobin attacked an enemy formation of six single-seaters. He destroyed two himself and forced down a third out of control.

1934
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

1953
Parade fanfare and visits by Gov. Shivers and Hollywood stars will mark the world premiere of “The Man From the Alamo” at the Majestic Theater today.

June 4 in San Antonio history..

1918 – World War I
Plans for the enforcement of Provost General Crowder’s “work or fight” regulations, call on all citizens to report to the nearest local draft board names of men within the draft age who are habitually idle or who are employed non-productively.

1953
The city council and City Manager Reynolds Andricks in a closed meeting today virtually wiped out the library board, selected a new corporation court judge and picked a replacement member of the Fire and Police Civil Service Commission.  Veteran Chairman M. M. Harris, trustee of the library board for 33 years, got the axe.  He was scratched, reports indicated, because of a letter he wrote to Andricks in which the new administration was criticized.  That letter was introduced by Andricks at the session.

1968
Hemisfair celebrates “Ed White Day,” to commemorate the life of San Antonio astronaut Edward White Jr., killed in the Apollo I fire.  Mrs. White and her children, Bonnie and Eddie, participate in a ceremony and are given Hemisfair souvenirs.

November 30 in San Antonio history…

1953bing
B.B. King, along with Bill Harvey & his Orchestra, entertain at the Carver Library auditorium.

1977
“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Crosby recorded the Christmas spccial a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977.  The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”

1986
Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark, better known as OMD, performs in Laurie Auditorium with the Models opening.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A Camp Travis soldier, who deserted on Nov. 2 after being demoted from sergeant to private, has been sentenced to ten years hard labor at the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was arrested at the railroad station in Von Ormy, awaiting the train, with a ticket to Laredo.

1936
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”

1953
The Municipal Auditorium features “Rhapsodies of 1954,” a triple-bill with former boxer “Sugar Ray” Robinson and Joe Scott, Count Basie and his Orchestra, and Billy Ward and the Dominoes.

 

January 25 in San Antonio history…

1925
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church announced plans for a new sanctuary at St. Mary’s and Ashby.

1953
Soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston have been advised not to hitchhike by Col. Glenn S. Finley, Deputy Post Commander. “There will be no signaling to passing  vehicles in any manner whatsoever by any army personnel whether they be standing or walking on the traveled portion of the roadways in the direction of traffic.  Hitchhiking or thumbing rides is out. It is unmilitary and brings discredit to the service.”

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The San Antonio Hard Rock Café (right) holds its grand opening celebration.