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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.

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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

September 23 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Today begins “Old Clothes Week,” a clothing drive sponsored by the Red Cross to aid those in Belgium and France in need of clothing.  The quota for San Antonio is 12,000 pounds (6 tons) of clothes.

1960
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410. (above)
(photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News “From the Vault” blog)

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

September 8 in San Antonio history…

1900
The San Antonio Light prints a special report from New Orleans that says: “There are rumors early this morning of great damages and loss of life in last night’s storm on some of the Gulf islands, particularly Grand Island. It will be a day or two before authentic news can be accessed from there. In New Orleans during the afternoon and night the wind reached a velocity of 48 miles an hour. In this city the damage is restricted to the destruction of the Metairie bridge and the blowing down of many telephone wires. A child was killed, being blown, together with the entire front balcony from a house on Front street.”  (This was the massive hurricane that hit and destroyed Galveston on this day in 1900.)

1918 – World War I
Ads appear in the newspapers requesting volunteers for the Ninth Texas Infantry (right).

1960
Sears on Romana Plaza opens their new three-level “ultra-modern” parking garage. (The downtown Central Library still uses this garage.)

August 29 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light features an advertisement for the Boys’ Working Reserve, a new program developed by the Department of Labor “to mobilize the boy power of the nation.”  Boys 16 to 21 years of age can enlist to work on farms for six weeks or so during the summer.

1960
Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Cabaret club in Bandera, Texas.

1986
Blockbuster Video announces its first San Antonio location at 9885 IH-10 West in the Colonnade. They would acquire the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus retail chains in 1992, but declare bankruptcy on Sept. 23, 2010.