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October 9 in San Antonio history…

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.

The San Antonio Light reports that the San Antonio Air Materiel Area at Kelly Air Force Base has been chosen as “system support manager” for the nation’s giant new military transport plane – the C-5A.

The 5,400-square-foot mural painted on the façade of the Hemisfair Arena, entitled “Victory and Triumph,” was dedicated.

September 29 in San Antonio history…

The Lockwood & Kampmann Bank at Main Plaza and Commerce installed separate desks, counters and deposit windows for lady customers.

Ground was broken for the erection of the West End Female college at 10 o’clock this morning. (It would open in 1894 as San Antonio Female College.)

San Antonio’s largest building, the Transit Tower, is sold to a local insurance company.

August 5 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is first organized.

A statement by Professor C. E. A. Winslow, editor of the American Journal of Public Health, denying the value of DDT, water purification and sewage treatment in combating polio is denounced by Col. Charles Craig, retired authority on infectious disease.  Said Craig, “We took into consideration all the theories.  The proof of the pudding is in the eating and I think our pudding has turned out well.”

The 21st annual North-South All-Star high school football game is held in Alamo Stadium as the culminating event of the week-long Texas High School Coaches’ Association meeting held in the Alamo City.  The North team is coached by Mississippi State head coach, Darrell Royal, and the South is coached by Baylor University’s George Sauer.  The game ends in a 25-25 tie.

July 5 in San Antonio history…

There is talk of another light company here asking for the city franchise.  This time it is proposed to cut the price of light in half and give the company to the city after five years.

Just after noon, money began raining down upon the holiday crowd near the Federal Building on Alamo Plaza.  Bills of $1,000, $500 and smaller denominations had been transferred from the Federal Reserve Bank to the incinerator in the Federal Building and had escaped up the air vent. City detectives and Secret Service agents recovered most of the marked currency.

The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city’s public school system.

June 10 in San Antonio history…

A burglar broke into San Antonio’s Cosmopolitan Cafe, ignored cash and silverware, ate one piece of pie and departed.

The polio ban age limit was lowered to those 14 years old and younger by the city health authorities today.  This change will permit the opening of summer school for students 15 years or older and will permit young college students to register for summer courses.  Authorities are suspicious that the Fiesta San Jacinto might be a possible cause for the outbreak.

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

April 5 in San Antonio history…

The St. Louis Browns play the Chicago Cubs at Tech Field at 2:30 p.m.

The city reorganizes from a board of  aldermen  to a council-manager form of government.
The Good Government League wins control of City Hall.

The Bexar County [Freeman] Coliseum was desegregated on the order of the board of managers. An announcement declared that there would be no discrimination “based on race, color or creed of persons lawfully on the Coliseum premises.”

March 5 in San Antonio history…

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña is founded.

An editorial in the San Antonio Light states that when the automobile is used instead of the horse and mule for military service, it will be worse on account of the impossibility of using the machines for food in cases of siege.

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…

Honore Grenet places this ad critical of the poor drainage around his store next door to the Alamo:  “H. Grenet is closing out his stock of toys and Christmas goods at a little above nothing.  Any one disposed to run the risk of drowning in the mud holes to reach his store will be amply repaid for his efforts, if successful.”

The roof and central dome of San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission collapse during a midnight Mass.  Fortunately, the mass is being held in an adjoining room instead of the nave.

San Antonio reaches the hottest ever December temperature – 90 degrees.  It is still the record and the only day that ever reached the ninety degree mark in December in San Antonio.


October 15 in San Antonio history…

Following a 10-minute christening and inaugural ceremony, the first airmail plane flying out of San Antonio on the new Southern Transcontinental air route took off from Winburn Field for Los Angeles.

A $1.95 ticket buys admission to a blues show at the Carver Library Auditorium featuring T-Bone Walker, Faye Adams, Lowell Fulson, Memphis Slim and his House Rockers and a 24 year-old Ray Charles.

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 6 in San Antonio history…

Due to heavy rains, the highly anticipated performance of the newly combined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been cancelled.  The tents had been set up but due to the water and mud, the decision was announced at 9:30 this morning to cancel the shows.  The circus will pack up and move on to Austin.

The “Jazz at the Philharmonic” show (featuring jazz heavyweights such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Gene Krupa and Oscar Peterson) at Municipal Auditorium is spoiled by antics of two young men who try to beat up an off-duty policeman during the concert.  Promoter Norman Granz has to plead with the audience three times, twice to ask them to refrain from smoking and once to ask the crowd not to yell or whistle during Ella Fitzgerald’s performance.  One of the songs is facetiously introduced as “The Last Time We Played San Antonio Blues.”  Along with the unruly behavior, poor ticket sales (a reported 200 people) move Granz to not bring the series to San Antonio again.

The Majestic Theater re-opens as the Majestic Music Hall with performances from Arthur Godfrey, Henny Youngman, Alvino Rey and the King Family

The Hearst Corp. announces it will purchase the Express-News for $185 million in cash and the Light will be sold.