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August 12 in San Antonio history…

“Irvy” Dresch of the San Antonio Public Service Company, pitches a perfect game against the Eagle Furniture Company team in a City League baseball game.  The Public Service Company team won, 14-0.

“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York.  The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper.  The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The newspapers report that the chamber of commerce board of directors yesterday unanimously approved a resolution urging the Texas Highway Commission to issue a minute order authorizing its engineers to complete plans for a northside expressway to link U.S. 281 at a point near Loop 13 with the interchange of Interstate 35 and 37 just east of Broadway.


August 4 in San Antonio history…

With five top ten singles on the Rhythm and Blues chart, Little Richard (right) brings his Upsetters to the Woodlake Terrace on San Antonio’s east side for the first time for a concert with Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

At Randolph AFB, the Air Force’s first electronic brain blinked into operation today.  It handles personnel statistics and will be used to project future manpower needs.

Ground is broken on the new outer loop north of the city (Loop 1604).

May 20 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

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

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)

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.

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

January 7 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

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…

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

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.”

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.

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

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.

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

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

January 19 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.