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June 30 in San Antonio history…

Two more cases of polio were reported in San Antonio bringing the total to 72 for the year.

J. H. Morse, executive vice president and general manager of Joske’s of Texas, sends a letter to Joseph Luter, the president of the San Antonio chapter of the NAACP, which states: “[I] just thought you would like to know what we have done and what we hope to do in connection with desegregation at Joske’s.  On Thursday, June 23, we desegregated our Chuck Wagon luncheonette.  Since then, operation has been going alone without any incidents of any kind.  Meanwhile, our Camellia Room is still closed, except for private parties, also on a desegregated basis, but by arrangement so that we can properly schedule such parties.  It is our hope that over the near term we can reactivate our Camellia Room, also on a desegregated basis.”

An fire caused by an electrical short in a service elevator results in an evacuation at the Main Library at approximately 8:38 p.m.  Firemen have the fire at 203 s. St. Mary’s under control by 9:08 p.m.  No injuries nor damage to books are reported.

April 28 in San Antonio history…

Expressions of good will and predictions of success from prominent citizens greeted the announcement today of the consolidation of the San Antonio Daily Light and the Gazette, effective tomorrow.

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

A developer has announced plans for a 28-acre Islamic-oriented condominium and retail center to be constructed on the northwest side of the city. Insha Development Co. announced that the $26 million project would be called Safa City and would contain 300 housing units, a mosque, school, shops, gardens, picnic areas and fountains. The land for the project was purchased a year ago for $1.8 million in an area two miles southwest of Ingram Park Mall.

April 24 in San Antonio history…

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

The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

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.

March 24 in San Antonio history…

The Empire Theater announced a new electric fan system and uniformed boys to distribute ice water to audiences.

Blues legend Etta James performs at Eastwood Country Club.

The groundbreaking is held for the South Texas Medical School and Bexar County Teaching Hospital (later renamed The University of Texas Health Science Center and University Hospital.)

March 16 in San Antonio history…

City Council promised a delegation of 12 Negroes that action would be taken on the repeal of the “Juneteenth ordinance” from last year designating all but two city swimming pools for whites only. The repeal will come before April 14, the day that San Pedro Pool is scheduled to open.  San Pedro is one of the nine segregated pools.  The repeal ordinance drafted by City Attorney Cadena is also expected to remove any segregation in city buildings during public functions, but will not affect the Alamo Heights swimming pool, which is on city-owned property leased by that municipality.

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.

An ordinance which would make the city directly responsible for all aspects of the war on poverty has been forwarded to City Council by Councilman Pete Torres, Jr.

February 15 in San Antonio history…

Couples getting married in Bexar County stand only a 50-50 chance of keeping out of divorce court.  Last year 6,902 marriages were held and 3,451 divorces were granted.

A plan to air condition Municipal Auditorium as well as San Pedro Playhouse was revealed today by Mayor Callaghan by issuance of $200,000 in revenue bonds.

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

February 11 in San Antonio history…

The second floor of the Heusinger Hardware Company, on the south side of Military Plaza, collapses just after noon.  The six occupants of the store are uninjured.

About 1000 weary horsemen, members of the Texas Trail Riders Association, reached the end of the trail today to be greeted by eight poster girl lovelies and an official “howdy” from the Chamber of Commerce.  Every year they make the 135 mile trek from Altair to San Antonio for the Stock Show and Rodeo.

The American Freedom Train arrives in San Antonio for a four-day visit to celebrate the Bicentennial.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

The city council passes an ordinance leasing the old water board office building on W. Market from the water board at a cost of $1 for a period of 10 years.  The building will be used by the library.

The American Basketball Association’s eighth annual All-Star game is played in Convention Center Arena.  The East team defeats the West, 151-124.  Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis is named the Most Valuable Player with 26 points, 11 assists and two steals.  His prize is $2,000 cash or a quarter horse named “Tuff Julie.”  He chose the horse.  Unfortunately, “Tuff Julie” wasn’t so tough.  She died three weeks later.

The Light goes out.  Unable to find a buyer, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication after 112 years serving San Antonio (right).

November 19 in San Antonio history…

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.

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

San Antonio is awarded the 1993 Olympic Festival.

November 3 in San Antonio history…

The Edison phonograph made its first appearance in the Alamo City – in the Alamo Literary Hall.

The 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz” is broadcast on television for the first time.  It shows on KENS Channel 5 from 8 to 10 p.m.  The Texas A&M Aggies football game with Arkansas is shown from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on WOAI Channel 4.  It is not known who got the most viewers.  (The Aggies won, by the way, 27-0.)

The Harte-Hanks company buys shares in the San Antonio Express newspaper from the Grice family.