The “Greater” Majestic Theater opens its doors offering “The Singing Brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers on stage along with the Movietone Follies of 1929.
Clinton G. Brown, former mayor, has urged Commissioner Henry Hein to see that proper care is taken of 12 Texas centennial pecan trees planted in 1936 in various downtown parks and the courthouse on Texas Independence Day.
An ad appeared in the San Antonio Register, the local African-American newspaper, requesting financial donations for the Birmingham bus boycott.
Hemisfair ’68 – San Antonio’s World’s Fair opened today.
After two years’ work on the building, the new Y. M. C. A. building is dedicated. Dr. M. J. Bliem, president, presides over the dedication ceremonies.
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.”
Joe Foster dies of a wound he received in the Vaudeville Theater shootout on March 11.
The San Antonio Conservation Society is organized to save the old Market House and the San Antonio River.
In advance of a May 12 Federal Court hearing, the City Council repeals the June 19, 1954 ordinance (No. 20307) prohibiting people of color from city swimming pools.
Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street. The Light‘s new plant will be one of the most modern in the country. [Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News]
City Councilman Henry B. Gonzalez today proposed that the city act to desegregate the Alamo Heights swimming pool along with city pools, which had been ruled off-limits to people of color on June 19, 1954 – Juneteenth – and one month and two days after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case ruled that segregation was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Closed mouths and cautious comments were the order of the day today after The News reported exclusively that San Antonio is likely to be the new home of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. Roger Zeller, president of Columbia Industries and the only local man of the prospective group of buyers to be identified thus far, had no comment to make and was reluctant to admit a San Antonio group was bidding for the Chaps.
Trinity University officials announced the school’s new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.
San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.
Collin Raye and Restless Heart perform at Fiesta Texas’s Sangerfest Halle as part of their “Texas Connection” show on TNN.
An all-girl vocal group called “The Wailers” makes their debut performance in the “Frolic of Fun” at Phillis Wheatley High School. The members include Kay Byers, Gloria Himes, Lois Tonsall and 14 year-old Darlene Wright. Wright would later move to Los Angeles and is today known as Darlene Love. She was named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Singers.
The Ace in the Hold Band, featuring George Strait, plays Gruene Hall.
S. Marie Shelton and W. Walter Stowe are married by Rev. J. H. Adams of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in a tethered balloon 1,000 feet in the air over San Pedro Springs Park. After the ceremony, the couple made a balloon trip to Leon Springs. Passengers on the trip were Capt. H.E. Honeywell, L.B. Moorehouse, W.A. Philpott, Miss Elva McDaniel and Benjamin Foulois “who operates the Wright aeroplane at Sam Houston.”
The San Antonio City Council recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today with a resolution, a moment of silence and instructed the city manager to study the possibility of re-naming a street after the slain civil rights leader. A request that the city observe Jan. 15 as a holiday, however, fell on deaf ears and was put off without any discussion.
Mayor Bell today declared he was confident vice would soon be eliminated in San Antonio.
It was announced the Lone Star Brewery has purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world’s largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.
Amy Grant and Vince Gill bring their Christmas concert to the Majestic Theater.
The Daughters of the Republic are taking steps to rebuild the round tower at the San Jose Mission, which has fallen into such decay in the past few years. The cost will be about $300.
Movie star Clark Gable is spotted in Valerio’s Italian restaurant on Broadway. It seems he had been in Kerrville on a hunting trip and got a hankering for Italian food.