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May 20 in San Antonio history…

1959
Municipal Auditorium features a concert with Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, Carl Perkins, Jean Shepard, Hawkshaw Hawkins plus an extra added attraction = a young Texas singer named George Jones.

1982
City council votes unanimously to deny use of city facilities to John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, after his arrest in San Antonio the previous February for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph.  He will not perform in San Antonio again until October 1, 1992.

1995
The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

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February 3 in San Antonio history…

1959San Antonio Light, 3 Feb. 1959
San Antonio teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll fans mourned the loss of Texas’s own Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with Ritchie Valens, in an Iowa plane crash (right).  (article from the San Antonio Light, 3 Feb. 1959)

1969
Three burglary suspects were shot with a single bullet today while fleeing from two cars carrying sheriff’s officers.  The bullet, fired by one of the lawmen, went through the door of the suspect’s dump truck, through the men and out the other door.  All were taken to hospitals.  In the rear of the truck the officers found six rifles, a TV set, an organ, clothing, a suitcase and a pair of binoculars.

1989
The Robert Cray Band performs at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium with John Hiatt opening.

January 7 in San Antonio history…

1927don_juan
The first talking picture is shown as a press premiere at the Aztec Theater:  “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore (right)

1932
Courses at Main Avenue High School will continue after Feb. 1, when many students will leave the school to go to the new Thomas Jefferson High. Main Avenue will accommodate up to 1,000 students then.

1959
Two-thirds of downtown is plunged into a blackout that lasts more than five hours due to moisture in a power plant switch gear box.  The blackout began at 4:37 p.m. and was not resolved until 9:52 p.m.  An elevator operator was stranded in a downtown elevator, a man crashed his car through the window of a furniture store and an elderly man broke a hip falling down some dimly lit stairs.  No other injuries were reported.

September 4 in San Antonio history…

1888
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

1959
San Antonio attorney, Park Street, opens “The Perry Mason Room” in his offices in the National Bank of Commerce building.  Street, a good friend of Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason character, has also flown the cast of the television show in for the occasion.  Among furnishings in the Perry Mason room, said Street, are “a witness chair, color television, stereo music, a soft drink counter and every Perry Mason book ever written by Gardner, all autographed.”

1972
WOAI-TV debuts “4 Big News,” a full-hour newscast, featuring Gene Lively, Dave Margulies, Mike Henry and Martha Buchanan, the first woman in Texas to anchor a major weekday news program.

July 1 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Fort Sam Houston Y.M.C.A., the first of its kind at the post, is dedicated.

1959
Virgil T. Blossom, former superintendent of the embattled Little Rock School District in Arkansas, becomes superintendent of North East School District.

1977starwars
Star Wars debuts in San Antonio at the Wonder Theater (ABC Interstate) and the Century South 6 (Santikos).

May 20 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Fifteen of the twenty-five arrests made Saturday and Sunday nights by the police vice squads were on charges of intoxication, this being the record number of arrests in which drunkenness has figured since the ten-mile dry zone became effective on April 12.

1959
Johnny Cash brings his Tennessee Two to Municipal Auditorium along with Carl Perkins, Jean Shepard, Hawkshaw Hawkins plus an extra added attraction – George Jones.

1995
The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

1959
A deputy sheriff, about to embark on his first airplane ride to return a prisoner from New York City to Bexar County, drew up a will today and posted it on the Sheriff’s office bulletin board.  Deputy Claudius Minor states:
“My ashes, if they can’t be segregated from the white ashes in case we burn, are to be place in the cornerstone of the new jail and, furthermore, I wish that my name be carried in aviation history as the first negro person to have crashed right along with the white folks.  Regardless of when and if it will happen, I pray that it will not be in the State of Arkansas.”  Deputy Minor’s will then proceeds to distribute his work possessions to his co-workers.

1987
Rosa Parks is the guest of honor for San Antonio’s inaugural Martin Luther King Day Freedom March. She is chauffeured along the route in a General Motors 3102 owned by VIA and used by the transit system from 1952 to 1963.

1988
The Hertzberg clock, a San Antonio landmark since 1878, was removed today from its corner at Houston and St. Mary’s streets and stored at the La Vernia Clock Works in La Vernia. It will be reinstalled when TriParty construction is completed around the location.

 

November 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With Thanksgiving drawing near, all eyes have been turned to the football game to be played between the 90th Division from Camp Travis and the All-Kelly Field team, representing the aviation section of the army.  This game, which is expected to be one of the most interesting ever staged in San Antonio, will be played at 2:30 o’clock on Thanksgiving Day.

1923
San Antonio hosts its first intercollegiate football game at Schwab Field between the St. Edward’s University Saints and the Hillbillies of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood.  St. Edward’s rolls over Daniel Baker, 48-0.

1959
Tennis pros Althea Gibson and Karol Fageros play a 45-minute exhibition tennis match at halftime of the Harlem Globetrotters game vs. the Baltimore Rockets at Alamo Stadium gymnasium.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

1846
The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.

1959
San Antonio’s 200,000th telephone was installed today In the residence of Mr, and Mrs. Norman E. Pryor of 130 Westchester St.

1992
After 30 years as the King of late night television, Johnny Carson’s final show as host of the “Tonight Show” is broadcast on KMOL Channel 4.

February 6 in San Antonio history…

1949
Balcones Heights, which incorporated November 13, elected Clyde Crews mayor (right) and John Casper city marshal.

1959
Four members of the North East School District board planned to leave San Antonio today for Little Rock to meet with Dr. Virgil Blossom, former Little Rock school superintendent who is the leading contender for the North East superintendent’s position.

2006
Hillary Duff performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo