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October 3 in San Antonio history…

1860
A crowd of at least two thousand people turned out to hear Governor Sam Houston speak in San Pedro Springs park.  His speech was followed by a barbecue dinner on the grounds.

1918
Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

1942
H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

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September 30 in San Antonio history…

1892
The new Maverick Building at Houston and Navarro is now completed and new stores are being established there.

1909
First burial permit for the new Mission Burial Park cemetery, seven miles from the city, on what was known as a portion of the old city sewer farm, was issued this morning by the city health office.

1960
The Southwest Texas Area Educational Television Council, with FCC approval in their hands, are preparing today to map plans for building and operating the first educational TV channel in the San Antonio-Austin area.  The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted the council permission to build the television station.  Plans call for Channel 9 to be on the air by January 1962.

September 29 in San Antonio history…

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Workmen begin razing the Vance House at Nueva and Dwyer, despite protests from the Conservation Society.  The Vance House, a Greek Revival mansion,  was built between 1857 and 1859 by James Vance, a local banker. Col. Robert E. Lee, walking under the grape arbors on its grounds, was said to have decided to resign a colonelcy in the United States (Union) Army and join the Confederacy, though he was fundamentally opposed to rebellion.  Having made up his mind, he announced at a dinner in the Vance House’s great dining room:  “If Virginia secedes, I shall stand with her.”  Virginia seceded and Lee became the Commander of the Confederate armies.  The Federal Reserve Bank currently stands on the site. (photo from the UTSA Archives)

1955
San Antonio’s largest building, the Transit Tower, was sold to the Citizen’s Republic Insurance Company for $1 million.

1960
A C-47 with four airmen aboard made a crash landing near the number 5 hole on the Randolph AFB golf course during the World Wide Air Force Tournament shortly after 9 a.m. today.  No golfers were in the area at the time of the crash, a public information officer said.

September 23 in San Antonio history…

1946
The City Council today voted to accept a proposal to build an underground parking lot under Travis Park for $1,500,000.

1960
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410.

2002
KMOL-TV (Channel 4) returns to their pre-1975 call letters of WOAI-TV.

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.

 

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.