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June 3 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library for children, located in the home of the Oblate Fathers on St. Mary’s Street, opens to patrons.  The library was established by John and William Sullivan in honor of their mother who passed away last November.

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Color television arrived in San Antonio today but it will be some time before the average person will be able to afford and enjoy it in his home.  The first color TV programs were broadcast by WOAI – the “Today” show from 6 to 8 a.m. and “Home” from 9 to 10 a.m.  For the present time, no color programs in color will originate locally.  The programs were available for viewing in color at the Wolff & Marx department store on a handmade television with a 14-inch screen.

1965
San Antonian Ed White becomes the first astronaut to “walk” in space when he opens the hatch of his Gemini 4 capsule and floats outside.

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May 31 in San Antonio history…

1949
The Board of Trustees of the Public Library passes the motion that “The San Antonio Public Library shall be open to all people equally, irrespective of race or creed.”

1954
Frank Huntress, publisher of the San Antonio Express newspaper, announces that the Express Publishing Company has applied to the Federal Communications Commission to purchase KGBS television station channel 5.  (The sale would be completed in November 1954 and the call letters would be changed to KENS for Express-News Station.)

1999
Sean Elliott hits the “Memorial Day Miracle” 3-point shot with 9.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs over the Portland Trailblazers, 86-85, in game two of the second-round playoff series.

May 4 in San Antonio history…

1901
President McKinley is the first President to visit to San Antonio.  He delivers a speech in front of the Alamo.

1954
Little Bobby Ledger bravely stepped to the head of the line at 9 a.m. Tuesday, bared his arm, gritted his teeth and became the first San Antonian inoculated with Salk polio vaccine.

1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble perform in the Majestic Theater.

March 29 in San Antonio history…

1926
Local drug stores may soon be selling medicinal beer as well as medicinal whiskey. The new “health booster” will be sold by prescription only.

1954
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.

1963
Billy J. “Red” McCombs, president of Hemphill Ford Centers in San Antonio, has been named a partner in the firm.  From now on, the name of the dealerships will be Hemphill-McCombs Ford.

January 22 in San Antonio history…

1915
A “deaf mute” who said, “that’s tough” when found guilty of vagrancy was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraud.

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The first Corvette in San Antonio is delivered to Smith Motor Sales (right).

1973
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

1901
The Tuesday Musical Club is organized.

1954
Police Sgt. Bob Benfer said today he saw a car weaving in and out of traffic with a very young driver at the wheel.  On questioning, the driver admitted he was only nine years old.

1979
The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium (now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts) is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

October 2 in San Antonio history…

1913
From 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning 4.15 inches of rain has fallen on San Antonio, causing the San Antonio River and most other rivers in the county to overflow their banks.  The flood waters have claimed the life of a mother and her three small children near San Jose Mission.  Most of downtown San Antonio is also flooded.

1918 – World War I
There have been no deaths in the army camps from epidemic influenza, it was announced at headquarters today.  A quarantine to prevent spread of the disease has been placed upon Fort Sam Houston, Kelly Field, Brooks Field, Camp John Wise and the Motor and Mechanical Repair shops.  This is a precautionary measure, rather than a measure resulting from the extent of the disease.

1954
Nat “King” Cole and his Orchestra play a concert in Memorial Auditorium.

 

June 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
This announcement appears in the San Antonio Light:
I hereby announce my candidacy for the office of State Senator from the 24th Senatorial District, comprising the counties of Bexar, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera and Real, subject to the action of the Democratic primaries.  Harry Hertzberg.

1942
A new telephone central office named “Travis” in memory of Col. William Barrett Travis, hero of the Alamo, will go into service here Saturday at midnight.

1954
After six Negro boys go swimming in Woodlawn Pool, the San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years.  To add insult to such a despicable action, the law takes effect on “Juneteenth,” the 89th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.

May 31 in San Antonio history…

1897
The deeds conveying the 283-acre Brackenridge homestead north of San Antonio to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were delivered to the sisters by Col. Brackenridge for $100,000.

1918 – World War I
The people of San Marcos will “never forget the music the 358th Infantry Band gave them,” according to a letter from J. S. Knox of the San Marcos Red Cross committee sent to Maj. Gen. Henry T. Allen.

1954
Frank Huntress, publisher of the San Antonio Express newspaper, announces that the Express Publishing Company has applied to the Federal Communications Commission to purchase KGBS television station channel 5.  (The sale would be completed in November 1954 and the call letters would be changed to KENS for Express-News Station.)

 

April 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Russia’s national flag will be red from now on with the inscription “Российская Советская Федеративная Социалистическая Республика” or “Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic” written in white.

1954
The impending visit of the famed Hilton Siamese twins, Violet and Daisy, to their former home city of San Antonio, revives memories of perhaps the most bizarre civil trial in Bexar County history.

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The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.