Ground is broken for the new San Antonio National Bank building on Commerce street.
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana, played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans. It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)
As a result of the energy crisis, the annual Windcrest Light-Up Christmas light display has been cancelled. A daytime contest will be substituted, says Mrs. Robert Jenkins, sponsor of the event. The city will still be installing lights downtown on schedule but a decision to turn them on will be made at a later date.
Completing moving operations 36 hours ahead of schedule, the San Antonio post office department was firmly settled in its new $1,800,000 building at 3 p. m. today. Postmaster Dan Quill had the distinction of mailing the firstair mall letter. He dropped it in the slot at exactly 2:01 p. m. He did not reveal its destination.
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.
Presidential candidate Richard Nixon makes campaign speech in San Antonio and places a wreath at the Alamo.
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear him speak. Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series the night before.
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Camp Travis is to supplant Camp Funston, Leon Springs, as a training school for officers of the reserve corps, and the camp at Leon Springs is to be utilized for other military purposes. Just what use will be made of the reservation has not been made public.
The new Twin Screen Suburban Outdoor Theater opens at Loop 13 and Highway 90 East.
Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka (right). The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial “star” that day – Sputnik.
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is printed.
Inoculation with Salk polio vaccine of about 30,000 Lackland AFB military and civilian personnel began today following the incidence of five paralytic cases at the base.
San Antonio’s City Council passes a no-smoking ordinance for city concert halls banning cigar, cigarette and pipe smoking and the lighting of matches except in restrooms. Smoking is already prohibited at Municipal Auditorium since it is considered a theater. Promoter Jack Orbin of Stone City Productions called the council’s actions “clearly unconstitutional” and said he is pursuing legal remedies.
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Major General Henry Trueman Allen, assigned as commander of Camp Travis, is expected to report for duty about the middle of next week. General Allen is well known to many officers at the post, having been stationed at Fort Bliss, in this department, as colonel of the Thirteenth cavalry. No word has been received at Fort Sam Houston as to General Parker’s successor as department commander.
The Edwards Aquifer reaches its lowest recorded level at 612.5 feet.
Fleetwood Mac comes to the Convention Center to promote their new album “Tusk.” Rocky Burnette, whose cousin Billy would join Fleetwood Mac in 1991, opened the show.
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With only two days remaining before the close of the whirlwind campaign for the $10,000 War Recreation Fund, members of the San Antonio Rotary Club will “get busy and busier’’ to raise the money. Though the reports at today’s luncheon, which was held at the Menger Hotel, were not as gratifying
as those of Tuesday, there is no discouragement, but rather a determination to win out in the end.
A man who threatened to blow up the Bexar County National Bank with nitroglycerine escaped with $2,000 in a daring daylight holdup today.
The doors close for the final time on the downtown Joske’s store to prepare for a storewide renovation and transformation into Dillard’s.
Track laying begins for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.
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The $64,000,000 airplane bill became a law today with President Wilson’s signature. More than 20,000 planes are to be built as a first increment and many thousands of aviators will be trained.
Plans for a convention hall and civic center at La Villita were unveiled today by V. H. Braunig, City Public Service Board manager.
The gradual elimination of horses and their replacement by motors in all city departments where feasible, is the aim of Mayor Bell. Under this plan no more fire horses will be purchased, but instead motor-driven apparatus will be provided as soon as the horses now in use die or become incapacitated. “It is not our intention to motorize the department at once,” said Mayor Bell, “but instead of buying m ore horses we will purchase tractors or small motor trucks as they may be needed. I believe this will materially increase the efficiency of the department and the cost, in the long run, will be less. In other departments I hope to see motors replace horses, where this is feasible.”
Trustees of the San Antonio Independent School District were expected to authorize the drawing of plans for a new Edison High School. The school was to be on the south side of Fresno Street, east of Blanco Road, and have a capacity of 1,200 students.
Steve Earle plays Gruene Hall.
San Antonio’s garbage workers went back to their jobs this morning after a sit-down strike that lasted two hours and 27 minutes but it appears that the controversy is still red hot. Sixty-one drivers and 122 pickup men refused to go out on their routes this morning because they want Ed Marceau, superintendent, who had handed in his letter of resignation, to come back, and they want changes in the truck maintenance setup.
Due to a very rainy winter and spring, the water in the J-17 Edwards Aquifer monitoring well reaches an all-time high of 703.3 feet.
Ignatius Coyle smashes the image of Saint Theresa at the Alamo Church and is arrested by Captain Tom Rife.
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Representative Slayden has received communications from patriotic and charitably inclined citizens proposing to locate colonies of Belgians in Texas, where lands are cheap and fertile. The Belgian minister responded today, saying, “Answering your friends’ inquiry, I have the honor to inform you that the Belgian government does not favor or endorse the exodus to foreign countries of its citizens. As you certainly will understand, Belgium will need after the war is over all her able-bodied people to help to rebuild the ruins and the devastations which occurred during the great European conflict. However, I appreciate the charitable initiative of your citizens.”
“The Biggest Rock and Roll Show of 1956 comes to Municipal Auditorium, featuring Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters, Joe Turner, The Teen-agers, The Colts, The Teen Queens, Bo Diddley, Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters, The Flamingos, LaVern Baker, and Red Prysock & his Rock and Roll Orchestra.