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April 15 in San Antonio history…

1955
This is the first day that income tax is due on April 15.  When the Sixteenth Amendment was passed in 1913, the filing deadline for individuals was March 1. It was changed to March 15 in 1918.

1988
Sea World of Texas opens

2000
Sunken Garden Theater is host to Ronnie James Dio and San Antonio rock favorites, Legs Diamond and Budgie.

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March 5 in San Antonio history…

1836
Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. A messenger arrives at the Alamo compound with the grim news that reinforcements aren’t coming. Travis gathers his men and informs them of their options. Popular legend has it that this was the moment when Col. William Barret Travis, Commander of the Alamo forces, drew a line in the dirt with his saber and asked those men who were committed to defending the Alamo to the death to cross.

1941
Gutzon Borglum, internationally-known sculptor who lived in San Antonio from 1923 to 1938, died today in a hospital in Chicago.  Borglum, who gained prominence for his work on Stone Mountain in Georgia, worked 15 years in his studio in Brackenridge Park.  When he left, he gave the studio to the Witte Museum and it is now used by the San Antonio Art League.  (Borglum’s obituary in the San Antonio Express makes no mention of his work on Mount Rushmore.)

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The General Motors Parade of Progress goes on display at Lions’ Park, complete with Aerodome tent and a fleet of 12 Futurliners.

December 25 in San Antonio history…

1929
Santa visits St. Peter and St. Joseph’s orphanage at 1 a.m.  Children are allowed to catch a glimpse of the old elf and served an early breakfast after the festivities.

1955
It’s not a white Christmas in San Antonio – far from it!  The mercury rises to a record high of 90 degrees in the Alamo City. Still a record high for the date.

2006
A huge mountain of mulch in Helotes catches fire and burns for over two months.  The mulch pile gets its own MySpace page and is nicknamed “Mulchie.”

October 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
President Wilson replies to Germany that unconditional surrender is the only acceptable solution to end the war.

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“I Love Lucy” premieres at 7:00 p.m. on WOAI-TV (right).

1955
Local television station WOAI Channel 4 begins broadcasting in color from its studios today.  WOAI is the sixteenth station in the world to be equipped to telecast live local color programs.  The station has invested $500,000 in new equipment and construction to facilitate color broadcasting.  The WOAI-TV color system is compatible with black and white so that all viewers without color televisions will be able to view the broadcasts in monochrome.

October 9 in San Antonio history…

1918
Manager Sidney Weis of the Grand Opera House received a telegram this morning stating that the road tour of the all-star cast presenting “Out There” has been abandoned for the present time on account of the prevalence of influenza in Texas cities.  “Out There” was billed for Thursday, Friday and Saturday appearances at the Grand.

1955
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus performs under the big top in San Antonio for the last time.  All future performances will be in existing coliseums and stadiums.

1962
Hanger 14, a wooden aircraft hangar constructed at Brooks Field in 1917, catches fire and burns to the ground.  Six fire units, three from Brooks and three from San Antonio, fought the blaze on the structure.  There were several explosions when high-pressure oxygen tanks and blank 20-mm ejection seat shells were set off by the fire.

 

August 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Camp Travis handles 47,000 pieces of mail – the largest daily amount since the establishment of the camp post office on Thursday of last week.

1955
More than 30 youngsters who share Davy Crockett’s August 17 birthday date gathered to whoop it up at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored party in Brackenridge Park today.  Sporting coonskin caps and Davy Crockett t-shirts, they gathered around TV star Johnny Lane who led them in singing “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Home on the Range.”

1990
The San Marcos Factory Shops, a 300,000 foot manufacturers outlet off Interstate 35, kicks off a three-day grand opening at noon today.  The $15 million center on the southern edge of San Marcos, contains more than 60 shops offering merchandise from apparel, accessory and home furnishings manufacturers throughout the nation.

June 10 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The funeral of Lt. Travis Lee Haltom, who was killed in  airplane accident at Gerstner Field (near Lake Charles, Louisiana) was held yesterday afternoon after services in the Central Christian Church.  Three aviators from Kelly Field flew over the grave at the Oddfellow’s Cemetery and dropped flowers on the casket just before the grave was closed.

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

1958
A 69-year-old woman in an apparent daze stepped into the downtown San Antonio River Tuesday and missed drowning by moments.  She was discovered floating face down on the river surface by three men.  She is believed to have fallen to the sidewalk while walking along the river, and upon arising, mis-stepped into the river.

March 7 in San Antonio history…

1938
The Lasso Girls of Thomas Jefferson High School are featured in today’s issue of Life magazine.

1955
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.  The Ballet Russe features Native American prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief (right).

March 5 in San Antonio history…

1836
Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. A messenger arrives at the Alamo compound with the grim news that reinforcements aren’t coming. Travis gathers his men and informs them of their options. Popular legend has it that this was the moment when Col. William Barret Travis, Commander of the Alamo forces, drew a line in the dirt with his saber and asked those men who were committed to defending the Alamo to the death to cross.

1918 – World War I
The Texas Landmarks Society is honoring the Alamo heroes this morning at 10 a.m.  The spots where the funeral pyres of the heroes burned have been marked with tablets and the ceremonies will be held there, in unveiling the tablets.  One tablet is at the building of the M. Halff Bros. at Rusk and East Commerce Street and the second at the old Ludlow place across the street.

1966
At 8:05 a.m., firefighters finally extinguish the massive five-alarm blaze that consumed Produce Row. The blaze began at 11:30 p.m and raged for over eight hours.  At the same time, a four-alarm fire burned the Stemens Card Company on Fredericksburg Road.  These two fires required the service of every firefighter in the city.  “I’ve never seen as much fire in one night,” said Chief M. L. Rogers.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

1939
The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

1955
An early morning fire at Travis Park Methodist Church caused an estimated $75,000 damage to the downtown landmark.

1986
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is shown for the first time ever at the Woodlawn Theater.