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June 2 in San Antonio history…

One new case of polio and one new death from the disease were reported by the city health department yesterday as officials decided to continue the ban on public gatherings until tomorrow, when further consideration will be given the subject.

San Antonians guzzle more suds, probably, than the residents of any other city in Texas.  According to figures in the office of  Charlie Saunderson, Liquor Control Board chief here, folks in the San Antonio area swigged 10,355,312 bottles of brew last month. In addition, they tapped 6,400 barrels to get 11,024,000 steinfuls more.

The Westfall branch library opens.

April 29 in San Antonio history…

The old central dome of San Fernando Cathedral is demolished.

Temple Beth-El is dedicated.

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.


November 25 in San Antonio history…

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

Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson cited 2,100 Jefferson High School students as “trustees of freedom” in a San Antonio speech keyed to Thanksgiving. He said he was thankful for the youth of the land.

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…

The city holds a celebration from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion and grand opening of the Commerce Street widening project.

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.

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…

In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler (right), the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (now known as the Pearl Brewery), was murdered by his mistress, Emma Burgemeister.

Cadet Sidney J. Brooks crashes on a landing approach to Kelly Field No. 2.  He is the first San Antonian to lose his life during World War I.  Brooks had nearly completed his final pilot training flight when he apparently lost consciousness and crashed. An investigation revealed he might have had a bad reaction to a flu shot. Brooks Field, later Brooks Air Force Base, is named for him.

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

November 7 in San Antonio history…

James Stewart and Sandra Dee come to San Antonio for an appearance at the Majestic Theater to promote their new film “Take Her, She’s Mine.” (photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Collections Zintgraff Collection)

The Texas Election Bureau reports that although Richard Nixon won the Presidential election, Texas’s 25 electoral votes went to Hubert Humphrey.  It was the first time in nearly 40 years that the votes did not go to the President-elect.

Demolition of the old Maverick-Clarke building at Navarro and Travis streets is underway.  It will become a parking garage for the new First National Bank Building.

November 2 in San Antonio history…

The first game of baseball is played in San Antonio on Alamo Plaza.

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.

The Joy Theater, at 232 Broadway, is damaged when a dynamite bomb blows a large hole in the roof.  No one is injured.

September 13 in San Antonio history

“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.)

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

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)

September 2 in San Antonio history…

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.

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

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…

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.

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.

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.