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June 10 in San Antonio history…

1948
The nickel pass of the bus rider was eliminated today by a 4-to-1 votes of the City Council.  Passes will be eliminated July 4, increasing fare for twice-daily riders in the first zone by 15 cents and 25 cents in the second zone.

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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).

1983
Morris “Mo” McHone is named the sixth head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, replacing Stan Albeck, who said he could no longer work for Spurs President Angelo Drossos.

June 8 in San Antonio history…

1929
Construction of the Sunken Garden Theater is begun.

1933
The Reptile Garden opens at the Witte Museum.  (It would close in 1975.)

1955
Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen, stars of the new Disney movie “Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier” are in San Antonio for the movie’s world premiere at the Majestic Theater tonight.

May 6 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Grenet Alamo property is sold for $40,200 to Hugo & Schmeltzer (right).

1955
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters play Woodlake Country Club along with Arnett Cobb & his orchestra.

2008
A four-alarm fire burns the main building at Our Lady of the Lake University causing $15 million in damage.

April 15 in San Antonio history…

1917
The men’s dormitory of the Moody Sanitarium in Alamo Heights was destroyed and the women’s buildings and pump house damaged by a fire that broke out at 12:15 o’clock this morning in the furnace room of the men’s building. Thirty patients were in the building but were rescued by the nurses with the help of members of the United States field hospital No. 6, who came from the Fort Sam Houston hospital only a short distance away. The loss was estimated at $35,000.

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.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
As the cabinet met today with President Wilson for the last time before the assembling of Congress Monday, the consensus of opinion was that the United States was about to actively enter into war with Germany. President Wilson now has before him, recommendations of his cabinet advisers and in a general way has secured the sentiment of the country.

1955
Television stars Nanette Fabray and Carl Reiner arrived for a visit in the Alamo City.  Miss Fabray and Reiner are to attend a Thursday luncheon at the Menger hotel to help launch a fund drive for the Santa Rosa hospital’s new children’s wing.

1973
The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.

March 24 in San Antonio history…

1955
An ordinance passed today by the City Council says interstate truck traffic will no longer be allowed to pass through downtown San Antonio.

1960
Blues legend Etta James performs at Eastwood Country Club.

2004
The Judson School District board votes to name the district’s second high school for 1979 Judson High graduate Lt. Col. Karen Wagner, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

March 7 in San Antonio history…

1900
The musical wizard, the greatest pianist of the age, Ignace J. Paderewski, will play at 8:15 p.m. tonight at the Grand Opera House.

1954
Thurgood Marshall (right), NAACP’s chief counsel in the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, speaks at Second Baptist Church.

1955
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.

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.

1955
The General Motors Parade of Progress goes on display at Lions’ Park, complete with Aerodome tent and a fleet of 12 Futurliners.

1978
The University of Texas Longhorn Band plays a pops concert in the Hemisfair Theater for the Performing Arts.

March 1 in San Antonio history…

1853
St. Mary’s Institute opens at its new location on College Street along the east bank of the San Antonio River.

1955
Adina De Zavala, whose efforts helped preserve the long barracks on the grounds of the Alamo, dies at the age of 93.  Her funeral is held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and her casket is draped with the Texas flag.

1979
Ingram Park Mall opens to the public.

January 7 in San Antonio history…

1928
Establishment near San Antonio of the “West Point of the Air Corps,” a great flying school from which all flyers must graduate before winning their rating as army pilots, was practically assured today with the introduction of the James Bill in Congress. Site for the field is 15 miles east of the city.

1955
The London Festival Ballet, under the artistic direction of Anton Dolin, performs in San Antonio.

1957
Commissioner Albert Pena Jr. termed a proposed plan to fingerprint all county employees a “fundamental invasion of privacy and it violation of civil liberties.”