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June 1 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Federal Marshal John H. Rogers this morning began checking over the names of German alien enemies who have permits to go within a half-mile of army properties and comparing them with a list of such aliens known to reside or work within the prohibited area. The an nouncement was made that those who have not applied for permits will be arrested at once if located within the forbidden territory. The President’s proclamation, which bars German alien enemies from going or remaining within a half mile of the army post, the arsenal and the aviation camp, went into effect this morning. In all, more than 200 German alien enemies have obtained the requisite permission to stay or go within the half mile area.

1929
The Smith-Young Tower [now Tower Life Building] is completed at a cost of $3 million.  It will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the late 1950s.  The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

1958
Northeast High School is officially renamed Douglas MacArthur High School.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

1947
The San Antonio Public Library has obtained four films that are now available for viewing by all patrons with library cards.  The films are: “The House I Live In,” Frank Sinatra’s film on racial tolerance (below); “Public Opinion,” a film showing how public opinion develops; “The Diary of a Sergeant,” a film showing rehabilitation of a veteran without hands; and “The Story of Texas – Her Natural Resources.”

1958
Chuck Jefferson, Woodridge School third grader, was homeward bound with $32,000 he won on the “$64,000 Question” TV show.  “I wanted to go on (for $64,000), but my parents decided I should quit.  It’s too big of a risk.  Sometimes I think parents are too nervous.”

1991
Robert E. Lee high school votes to ban the Confederate flag from uniforms and activities sponsored by the school beginning in the fall.   “We are not going to suspend students if they have it on a T-shirt or backpack; that’s an individual choice,” said Lee Principal Bill Fish. “But as an institution, we are not going to use it.  We’ve been trying to do this gradually over time,” he said, adding that new football uniforms have been ordered without the flag to replace old ones.

April 28 in San Antonio history…

1945
The Kansas City Monarchs play the second game of a two-game series with the Cincinnati-Indianapolis Clowns in a Negro League matchup at Tech Field today.  The Clowns win again, 8-4.

1958San Antonio Express, 29 April 1953
Two tornadoes (later rated F3 and F4) strike Bexar County in the area of Helotes, killing two people and injuring twenty.

1960
Joske’s closes the Chuckwagon and Camelia Room restaurants when African-American customers ask for service there.

February 16 in San Antonio history…

1861
On this day 156 years ago, a militia of 1,000 armed Texans, calling themselves “The Knights of the Golden Circle,” surrounded U.S. Gen. David E. Twiggs’s 160-man garrison at San Antonio, forcing the general to surrender. Union soldiers were allowed to leave the state carrying their arms, but $1.6 million of government property was left to be seized by the Confederacy. Texas took possession of the 20 military installations, 44 cannon, 1,900 muskets, 400 pistols, 2 magazines of ammunition, 500 wagons, and 950 horses. Twiggs’s unwillingness to fire upon Texans in the streets of their own cities was not appreciated in the North. What he viewed as an attempt to avoid bloodshed, most Unionists saw as a part of a Southern conspiracy for which Twiggs was mercilessly vilified. On March 1, 1861, Twiggs was dismissed from the Union Army by President Buchanan. Ten weeks later he was commissioned as a Major General in the Confederate Army and transferred to New Orleans to command the District of Louisiana. Twiggs retired shortly thereafter and died at age 72 near Augusta, Georgia on July 15, 1862.

1927
A. J. Drossaerts becomes the first archbishop of San Antonio at noon today.  In San Fernando Cathedral, crowded to the doors by the thousands, the wool band with four crosses was placed on his shoulders by Archbishop John W. Shaw of New Orleans.

1958
Sam Cooke appears at the Municipal Auditorium with the Silhouettes, Thurston Harris, The Dubs, The Drifters and Ernie Freeman & his Orchestra.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

1958
A plan for a “hemisfair” – a world’s fair for Latin American countries and the U.S. – was being considered today.  A chamber of commerce committee decided to probe the possibility of having such a fair in 1960.

1968
A rare copy of a Mexican newspaper containing the earliest known official announcement of the fall of the Alamo is now on display at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library next to the Alamo. The newspaper dated March 21, 1836, was acquired from Maury A. Bromsen, a rare books and manuscripts dealer in Boston.

1980
The O’Jays, Cameo and Phyllis Hyman play a concert in Convention Center Arena.

January 29 in San Antonio history…

1917
Robert B. Green opens to the public as the county hospital (right).

1958
Little Richard performs at the Tiffany nightclub.

1984
The new Catholic Chancery opens and is dedicated at 2718 Woodlawn.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

1947
The long and bitter days and nights in Japanese prison camps were the subject for good-humored retrospect at a party honoring ex-prisoners of war of Bataan, held tonight by General Jonathan Wainwright, Fourth Army commander at his Fort Sam Houston headquarters.  Piece de resistance of the meal was “rice a la prison camp” – a rice soup served in tin pails and cups, reminiscent of the slim daily fare in the Japanese POW camps.

1958
San Antonio oilman-scientist Tom Slick said today it is “entirely possible” a Russian scientist’s claim he spotted two “Abominable Snowmen” is true.  Last year Slick led an expedition in which he photographed tracks believed to have been made by the elusive Himalayan creatures.

1982
Debbie Reynolds performs at the Majestic Theater for the Performing Arts.

November 6 in San Antonio history…

1958
The Witte Museum was offered and accepted a gift of $225,000 today from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Friedrich.  The money will be used to expand and landscape the present facility.

1983
Don Novello, who has appeared on TV shows Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Saturday Night Live as his character Father Guido Sarducci, performs at the San Antonio Comedy Club.

1985krrt
San Antonio’s first independent general entertainment television station, KRRT, goes on the air on UHF channel 35.  IT would become a charter Fox affiliate in 1987, a UPN station in 1995, WB in 1998, MyNetwork TV in 2006 and is now The CW with  the call letters KMYS.

October 3 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1916
German Field Marshal Von Mackensen is forced to retreat and give up the fortresses of Silistria and Turtukai along the Danube due to gains made by Russian and Romanian troops.

1928
Mayor C.M. Chambers has upheald the right of San Antonio newsboys to shout their wares on the street. The mayor’s action was prompted by the fining of a newsie in Corporation Court.

1942
H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

1958
Personnel from a complete garbage route – two drivers and three loaders – were fired Friday after a drinking spree in which both garbage trucks were parked in front of beer taverns.

 

August 10 in San Antonio history…

1936
County Clerk George Surkey said today that so many people are getting married while drunk that he would issue no marriage licenses after 5 p.m. daily and none on Sundays unless he personally knows the applicants.

1958
A Texas “first” in the new Terrell Plaza Shopping Center here is a new type pay telephone, called the “boothette,” installed in outdoor locations for the convenience of shoppers. The “boothettes” are of two types – a walk-up model and a drive-up.

1982
Duval County rancher Clinton Manges and his lawyer, Pat Maloney, purchase the San Antonio Bulls franchise of the American Football Association.  They are looking to buy the San Antonio Spurs basketball team.  Team owner and CEO Angelo Drossos says the Spurs are “not for sale at any price” but later says he would entertain a “legitimate” offer with the understanding that the team would remain in San Antonio.