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September 13 in San Antonio history

1945
“The Picture of Dorian Gray,” based on an 1890 novel by Oscar Wilde, premieres at the Texas Theater.  The movie features Hurd Hatfield, Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed.  Mr. Wilde visited San Antono in 1882 and lectured at Turner Opera Hall (now the Bonham Exchange.)

1963
The R.C. Cole High School Golden Cougars win their first football game, 8-0, over the Comfort Bobcats.

1987
Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School.  He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)

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September 2 in San Antonio history…

1963
KENS Channel 5 begins broadcasting the new expanded half-hour CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite at 5:30 p.m.  The CBS news will be followed by a half-hour local newscast with Jim Abbott, Dan Cook and Jerry Zimmerman.

1975
Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

1985
San Antonio’s newest high school, William Howard Taft High School opens on Farm Road 471 outside 1604 with 1,050 students and no seniors.  Their mascot is the Raider with the school colors of red and white.

August 9 in San Antonio history…

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Mike Nesmith is the featured performer at a hootenanny held in La Villita Assembly Hall to raise money for the March of Dimes (right).  He would later find fame as one of The Monkees.

1948
The San Antonio Public Service Company today announced plans for complete modernization of the city street lights. To be completed in six years, the program calls for illumination of an intense degree in the downtown area.

1969
Midnight Cowboy begins showing in San Antonio at the Broadway Theater at 4940 Broadway.  It remains the only X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

July 28 in San Antonio history…

1941
Earl “Fatha” Hines performs at the Library Auditorium (now the Carver Center) on Hackberry Street.

1963
The legend of the famed Rose Window of San Jose Mission is one of the major themes being presented in the production of “San Jose Story” at the San Jose Outdoor Theater through August 17.

1988
Rolling Oaks Mall opens at Nacogdoches and Loop 1604.

June 27 in San Antonio history…

1947
A crack-down on motor scooters by San Antonio and Alamo Heights police loomed today following the second fatal scooter accident of the year.

1963
San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to African-Americans.

1967 jug-a-moo
Oak Farms Dairy introduces plastic milk jugs to replace the previous quart glass bottles.  They were given the rather unfortunate name “Jug-A-Moo.”

June 2 in San Antonio history…

1928
The largest artesian well ever opened in the downtown district of San Antonio gushed forth water estimated at 3,500 gallons per minute onto College Street yesterday when the Dingman Drilling company, boring on the site where the new Majestic theater is to be built, reached a depth of 794 feet.  The well will be used for the cooling system of the theater and for the water supply for the office building.

1934
Officials announced completion of a federally-financed restoration job on San Antonio’s San Jose mission.

1963
The Westfall branch library opens.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

1927
Preparations are under way to ship what’s left of the Army dirigible C-43 back to Scott Field, Ill. It was wrecked at Brooks Field yesterday while being towed out of the big hangar. This is the second dirigible to face destruction at the field.

1963
Tonight is the grand opening of the Roaring 20’s Teen Club (formerly Shadowlands), three miles north of Loop 410 on Blanco Road.  Along with Gene Thomas, headliners will be The Missiles band and vocal group along with San Antonio’s own Denny Ezba.  hippsThis will mark the first time that a Teen Nite Spot has been put into operation and we’re betting everybody will dig the idea.

1980
Hipp’s Bubble Room (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.

April 29 in San Antonio history…

1872
The old central dome of San Fernando Cathedral is demolished.

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Demolition is begun on the State Theater on the northwest corner of Flores and Houston streets (right). This theater was originally named the Majestic and opened in 1913.   Acts such as  Mae West, The Marx Brothers and Houdini all appeared there. The name was changed to the State when the current Majestic Theater was constructed in 1929.

1984
The Cody branch of the San Antonio Public Library system opens for business.

April 14 in San Antonio history…

1880
Anthony Dominic Pellicer, the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San Antonio, dies.

1963
The first Starving Artist art show is organized by Rev. Paul Soupiset to raise funds for the food program run by the Little Church of La Villita.

2009
Canadian band Nickelback plays the AT&T Center.

March 29 in San Antonio history…

1926
Local drug stores may soon be selling medicinal beer as well as medicinal whiskey. The new “health booster” will be sold by prescription only.

1954
Bexar County is one of 10 spots in Texas picked for the long-awaited polio vaccine trials that may wipe out Infantile Paralysis. Every second grader in town gets three shots over a five-week period to complete the vaccination.

1963
Billy J. “Red” McCombs, president of Hemphill Ford Centers in San Antonio, has been named a partner in the firm.  From now on, the name of the dealerships will be Hemphill-McCombs Ford.