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June 2 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
If San Antonio wishes to retain its prominence as a center of military activities it must undergo a thorough vice clean-up, according to a statement made today by Raymond Fosdick, chairman of the War Department committee on training camp activities. Unless this is done San Antonio will lose its prospects of being designated as a site for one of the big training camps. Going even further than that, Mr. Fosdick said that Leon Springs and Fort Sam Houston would be stripped of everything but physical property unless the demands were complied with. If the clean-up is made, San Antonio will retain its army activities and these will be added to materially.

1963
The San Antonio Public Library’s Westfall branch library opens.

1966
City Council decided today to hold a referendum on whether the city’s water should be fluoridated and selected July 9 as the election date.  The action came after City Clerk Jake Inselmann told the council a petition calling on the council to either rescind its April 7 fluoridation ordinance or call an election met all legal requirements.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
John W. Tobin and City Clerk Fred Fries have issued a joint call for a final meeting of the presiding judges who are to serve as registrars in the various places to take the military census June 5. The meeting of the registrars from the 44 country precincts will be held Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom while that of the registrars for the city precincts will be held June 4, at 10 a. m. in the council chamber at the city hall.

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.  This 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 at 1411 McCullough closes.

May 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Sheppard amendment is approved by the Senate conference committee on the Army appropriations bill, providing $330,000 for the purchase of more than one thousand acres adjoining Ft. Sam Houston.  The Senate conferees also approved a $30,000 item to provide for additional hospital facilities.

1956
Henry B. Gonzalez announced he was resigning from the city council to run for state senator from San Antonio.

1963
Tony Bennett signs autographs in Platter Palace on the lower level of Wonderland Shopping City for fans, and then performs his concert,  “A Swingin’ Evening with Tony Bennett” at Municipal Auditorium at 8:30  p.m.  One lucky fan, and a guest of her choice, gets to have lunch with Tony in the Mr. Checkers restaurant before the show.

April 29 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Departing from a traditional policy formed at its inception, the Republic will raise its army of 2,000,000 men by selective conscription. The draft army bill passed both House and Senate shortly before midnight; the House by 397 to 24, and the Senate by 81 to 8.

1963State-2
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.

1976
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas announce that a 49-year old plaque honoring Clara Driscoll was stolen “about a month ago” off the face of the Alamo where it had been relocated earlier this year.  Thieves were able to pry the plaque loose despite it having been anchored with bolts six inches deep in the stone wall.  The DRT notified police about the missing plaque but there had been no publicity, except a tiny classified newspaper ad saying: “Lost. Clara Driscoll plaque from the Alamo. Finder return. No questions asked.”

April 14 in San Antonio history…

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

1917
The San Antonio Light reports that General Pershing threw out the first pitch (to Mayor Clinton Brown) to begin the season yesterday at League Park. However the San Antonio Bronchos lost to the Beaumont Oilers, 7 to 4.

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.

December 16 in San Antonio history…

1938
Robert H. H. Hugman is named the official architect of the River Beautification Project.

1946stag_night
Joske’s offers a “Stag Night,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., allowing men to do Christmas shopping “without rushing and without women!”

1963
Four Air Force airmen ended a 42-day space cabin experiment today at the Brooks AFB Aerospace School of Medicine.  Thirty days of the experiment were spent in a pure oxygen atmosphere.  Each of the airmen was presented with a certificate of appreciation and two photographs of the late President John F. Kennedy, who dedicated the school the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.

November 26 in San Antonio history…

1890
The first regular trip in San Antonio of an electric motor car was made on the Alamo Electric Street Railway Company’s track from Navarro Street to the International Fair Grounds, south of the city (Thompson-Houston system).  Since the date, all the main street car lines adopted electric motor cars of this and the Sprague system, replacing mule-drawn streetcars.

1928
Carey Avenue is renamed to Hildebrand Avenue.

1963
The San Antonio Express newspaper announced that $75 million was approved in Austin yesterday for road work in San Antonio and South Texas.  Included in the program is construction of a key leg of Interstate 37 from Delaware St. south to Dauchy Road and on the south city limits at Interstate Loop 410 near Brooks Air Force base.  This expressway will provide a southeast access to the Hemis Fair site, running within about 16 blocks of the grounds.

November 25 in San Antonio history…

1857
The San Antonio Fire Company is established on this date, A. A. Lockwood, chief.

1946
San Antonio Transit Co. workmen began to clear Tech field in preparation for the company’s construction of a new maintenance shop and garage facilities. This ends all hopes of the San Antonio Missions using the area as a playing field in 1947.

1963
Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, D-Texas, has issued a call to the Texas Municipal Police Officers Association to raise funds for the family of police officer J. D. Tippitt, killed in Dallas. Gonzalez who is an honorary member of the association, sent communications to other members in an effort “to make sure that this family is not forgotten.”

November 21 in San Antonio history…

1907
Bernice Lecompte, age 11, becomes the first San Antonio death attributed to an automobile after being struck at the corner of San Pedro and Elmira streets by a vehicle driven by W.B. Smith, the chauffeur of G.A.C. Halff.

1963
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are in San Antonio to dedicate the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He is assassinated in Dallas the following day.

1968
Janis Joplin’s scheduled concert in the Hemisfair Theater of the Performing Arts with Shiva’s Headband and Winter is cancelled (right).

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1914
In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler, the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association, is murdered by his mistress, Hedda Burgemeister.

1948
A new city is born in the suburbs of San Antonio today.  Citizens in Balcones Heights voted by a lopsided margin of 25 to 3 for incorporation.

1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.