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December 2 in San Antonio history…

1907
It became clear this morning that the city intends to enforce its speeding ordinance.  C. R. Jones was fined $10 for exceeding the legal limit of 8 miles per hour.  Witnesses said the auto was positively going at least 17 miles an hour.

1959
The Witte Museum will add a much needed second floor to the north wing, thanks to a gift of $175,000 from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt.  He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1959
After surveys show numerous course failures by San Antonio high school students, educators plead with parents to “crack down in the home” to eliminate these causes of flunking:
Too much automobile driving, growing number of homework distractions – especially television, uncontrolled social activities – too much running around, and complacency regarding good study habits.

1960
Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

1991
San Antonio is awarded the 1993 Olympic Festival.

October 28 in San Antonio history…

1835
The Battle of Concepcion, which historian J.R. Edmondson describes as “the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution”, takes place on the grounds of Mission Concepcion.  Texian troops under Stephen F. Austin are engaged by Mexican troops commanded by Colonel Domingo Ugartechea.  The 30-minute battle results in 14 to 75 Mexican troops killed.  Richard Andrews is the only Texian casualty.

1959
For the first time in history a world premiere for a grand opera was held in San Antonio. Dr. Carl Venth’s 2-act opera, “La Vida de la Mision,” was presented at Municipal Auditorium by the Symphony Society.

1989
Shenandoah plays the Bluebonnet Palance, while a virtually unknown Garth Brooks comes to Gruene Hall.

October 2 in San Antonio history…

1913
From 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning 4.15 inches of rain has fallen on San Antonio, causing the San Antonio River and most other rivers in the county to overflow their banks.  The flood waters have claimed the life of a mother and her three small children near San Jose Mission.  Most of downtown San Antonio is also flooded.

1959
“The Twilight Zone” premieres at 9:00 p.m. on KENS Channel 5.  The debut episode is entitled “Where is Everybody?” and stars Earl Holliman (right).

1984
Burger King buys all 20 local Whopper-Burger locations from Barbara Bates, widow of founder Frank Bates, for an undisclosed purchase price.  This ends an 11-year period where Burger King had agreed to not sell burgers in a three-county area around San Antonio.

August 12 in San Antonio history…

1923
“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.

1927
“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.

1959
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…

19561956-LittleRichard
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.

1959
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.

1960
Ground is broken on the new outer loop north of the city (Loop 1604).

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.

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.