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August 17 in San Antonio history…

1955
More than 30 youngsters who share Davy Crockett’s August 17 birthday date gathered to whoop it up at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored party in Brackenridge Park today.  Sporting coonskin caps and Davy Crockett t-shirts, they gathered around TV star Johnny Lane who led them in singing “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Home on the Range.”

1960
When Jesse Garcia parked his car at 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Casino, the sidewalk was bare as a bone.  When he returned at 3:15 p.m., he found the city had dug a hole in the sidewalk, planted a meter by his car and left a ticket on his windshield.  Corporation Court Judge Mike Machado was bemused and found Garcia not guilty.

1969
The San Antonio Light reports that officials of the “floundering” Woodstock Music and Art Fair issued a frantic appeal yesterday for everyone not already on the muddy, overcrowded site to turn around and go home.  Sullivan County leaders asked Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to declare the festival site a disaster area.

 

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August 13 in San Antonio history…

1957
San Antonio’s new $750,000 traffic light system officially goes into operation. At a ceremony at the corner of St. Mary’s and Houston, Mayor Kuykendall and Willard Simpson, board chairman of the Public Service Company, throw a switch which activates the system.

1960
The Dallas Cowboys play their first game in the state of Texas right here in San Antonio – an exhibition game in Alamo Stadium against the newly relocated (from Chicago) St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals, featuring Texas Aggies John David Crow &  Bobby Joe Conrad, win, 20-13.

1997
Northside School District opens three new elementary schools – Monroe May, Virginia Myers and Henry Steubing – thanks to a $98 million bond package approved by voters in 1995.

August 4 in San Antonio history…

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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).

April 24 in San Antonio history…

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The first Battle of Flowers parade is held (right).

1960
Members of San Antonio’s NAACP and youth council participate in a sit-in and picket demonstration to protest the segregation of two of the restaurants inside Joske’s – the Chuck Wagon and Camellia Room.

1994
David Robinson scores 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to win the NBA scoring title over Shaquille O’Neal.  Robinson and George Gervin are the only Spurs players to win scoring titles.

March 16 in San Antonio history…

1960
Six downtown stores and a city-wide drugstore integrate lunch counters and cafeterias. The stores were: Woolworth’s, Kress, Neisner’s, Grant’s, Green’s, McCrory’s Variety Store and Sommer’s Drug Stores.

1992
With its giant teeth and cutting wheels grinding a hole 27 feet wide, a 620-ton boring machine roared through the final 16 feet of shale today to complete the San Antonio River Tunnel.  When the inlet shaft near Josephine Street and the outlet shaft near Lone Star Brewery are finished in May 1993, the tunnel will be capable of saving downtown San Antonio from a so-called 100-year flood by routing floodwaters beneath the city.

2005
After Minnesota guard Wally Szczerbiak cracks Spurs guard Beno Udrih with a hard foul at the basket, the Spurs Coyote pretends like he is going to run at Szczerbiak and is ejected by referee Jess Kersey.  Tim Duncan remarks, “That is the greatest thing I have ever heard!”

February 15 in San Antonio history…

1960
Municipal Auditorium hosts “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’60,”featuring: Frankie Avalon, Clyde McPhatter, Bobby Rydell, Johnny & the Hurricanes, The Crests, Freddy Cannon, Sammy Turner, The Isley Brothers, Linda Laurie, The Clovers, Cliff Richard, Paul Williams and his Orchestra.

1980
George Thorogood and the Destroyers play the Junction club on Blanco Road.

1988
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.

October 24 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
President Wilson has stated to the German government that there will be no armistice without complete and total surrender.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

1977
San Antonio’s FM1604 is now officially designated Loop 1604.  Previously, the route designated as FM1604 extended from north of IH10 east of San Antonio around the city to Highway 16 in south Bexar County.  The balance of the loop had been designated FM1589.  Bexar County Commissioners Court named a portion of the loop as Charles W. Anderson Loop after the late Bexar County Judge.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Washington D. C. reports that influenza cases have decreased in six states, but 27 other states reported the disease still spreading with many additional cities and rural districts infected.  For the first 18 days of October, 14,805 deaths were reported in Pennsylvania.

1960
John Wayne appears at Handy-Andy in Wonderland Mall to cut an Alamo-shaped cake commemorating the San Antonio premiere of his movie, “The Alamo.”

1972
Muhammad Ali arrives in the Alamo City in advance of this three three-round exhibition fights with Sonny Moore, Ronny White and Terry Daniels in two days at Municipal Auditorium.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

1916
San Antonians looked forward to the next day’s football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be held locally.

1918 – World War I
A dispatch has been received from Berlin that reports acceptance of President Wilson’s peace terms from earlier this week.  It is interpreted by officials that this does not mean the end of the war and it is expected that Germany will make a counterdemand.

1960
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy makes a campaign stop in San Antonio. Kennedy tells the crowd gathered in front of the Alamo, “In 1960, the cause of all mankind is the cause of all Americans.”

September 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The National Guard officers from second lieutenants to brigadier generals of the First and Second Cavalry brigades went into training at Camp Stanley, Leon Springs this morning.

1960
“The Flintstones” premieres on ABC television affiliate KONO-TV Channel 12 at 7 p.m.  The primetime cartoon was created in color but broadcast in black & white until the third season. They are also sponsored by Winston cigarettes!

1976
The new 1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue is introduced by Red McCombs Rolls-Royce.  Allan G. Goldsmith, sales manager, explained that the auto now displayed in the showroom is a pre-production model which is being sent around to U.S. Rolls-Royce dealers in case anyone wants to order the exclusive automobile.  The Camargue retails for $90,000 ($385,000 in today’s money), requires a $30,000 down payment and has a 15-month waiting period.

1916 – SMW – 2003