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April 29 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

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

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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.

November 29 in San Antonio history…

1901
The Daughters of the Republic are taking steps to rebuild the round tower at the San Jose Mission, which has fallen into such decay in the past few years.  The cost will be about $300.

1956
Movie star Clark Gable is spotted in Valerio’s Italian restaurant on Broadway.  It seems he had been in Kerrville on a hunting trip and got a hankering for Italian food.

1963
Linus Baer and the Lee Volunteers outlast Warren McVea and the Brackenridge Eagles, 55-48, in what would later be voted the greatest football game ever played in San Antonio.

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.

1973
Adela Navarro of the Texas Hispanic-American History Institute urged SADA commissioners to remove the statue of Ben Milam from Milam Park and restore the name to “El Campo Santo” and said that allowing commercial activity at the park would be a “desecration” to the people buried there.

November 18 in San Antonio history…

1928
The Fox Company retail store at 209 Alamo Plaza is destroyed by fire resulting in $150,000 damage and the death of a night watchman.  The film developing and mail order business of the Fox Company at 1734 Broadway is not affected.

1963
The San Antonio Light reports that open house for the dedication by President Kennedy of the new Air Force School of Aerospace medical buildings at Brooks Air Force Base will start at 11 a.m. Thursday. A variety of space age displays will be on view, including a display of the X15 research rocket plane and the X20 Dyna-Soar manned space craft.

1983

“A Christmas Story” debuts at the Galaxy and Century South theaters.  “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

1985
“The Far Side” and “Calvin & Hobbes” first appear in the San Antonio Express-News, replacing “Porterfield” and “Pavlov,” respectively.

November 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Private David B. Barkley, who enlisted in San Antonio, drowns while crossing the Meuse River on a scouting mission behind German lines near Pouilly-sur-Meuse, France.  He is later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and he is the second person to lie in state in the Alamo.  The son of Josef Barkley and Antonia Cantu of Laredo, he is the first Mexican-American Medal of Honor winner.

1918 – World War I
Prince Maximilian of Germany announces that Kaiser Wilhelm II has abdicated both the crown of Imperial Germany and Prussia.  Maximilian himself is forced to resign as Chancellor of Germany.  Friedrich Ebert of the Social Democratic Party of Germany takes control.

1963
Bexar County voters registered 18,372 to 15,664 in favor of a statewide amendment to repeal Texas’s 61-year-old poll tax.  Unfortunately, the rest of the state was much less progressive and the poll tax remains in place.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two Kelly Field flyers are killed in separate airplane accidents and several soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston are injured when a truck they are riding in is hit by a train at the intersection of the Quintana Road and the I. & G. N. railroad.

1963
It was reported to the City Council that the City of Leon Valley is not suitable for total annexation by San Antonio, because the city presently could not adequately service the small town with utilities.

1970
“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Riders initially think it is a joke – until they see the guns are real. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.
As of 2018, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.

 

July 3 in San Antonio history..

1873
The old front of San Fernando Cathedral is torn down for renovations.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that through their “Home Folks” column, a homesick soldier from Smithfield, West Virginia met Mrs. U. S. Moore, who knew his parents back home.  In the process, he met Miss Olive Moore, her daughter, and they were married last month. (Sgt. Martin “Mart” Kilcoyle and Olive decided to live in San Antonio for the rest of their lives.)

1963
Formal announcement of a 130-acre downtown site for the proposed HemisFair was made by James M. Gaines, chairman of the site selection committee.

June 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the eleven men accused of lynching Robert Praeger, an alleged pro-German, at Collinsville, IL, April 5, were acquitted by a jury yesterday after deliberating only five minutes.  Loud cheers greeted the verdict when it became known in a crowd that waited outside the courthouse.

1963
The Westfall branch library opens at 6111 Rosedale Court.

1971
J.B. Smith and Beverly Bush enjoyed the first two mixed drinks legally served in the Tower of the Americas.