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July 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A contract has been let for the erection of two Army Y.M.C.A. buildings at Camp Funston to cost, equipped, about $6000 each.  This will give the Y.M.C.A. there three recreation homes of what is known as the brigade type of building.  Work will be started tomorrow with orders to hasten construction.

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.

1964
Natural Bridge Caverns opens to the public.

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May 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
According to W. A. Davis, state registrar of vital statistics in Austin, based on the 1910 Census, San Antonio has more men eligible for the national army than any other city in Texas (right).

1964
The Beach Boys make their first San Antonio appearance with a concert in Municipal Auditorium.  Other acts on the bill are:  Barbara Lynn, Little Johnny Taylor, Bob Hayden and the Marksmen and Dawn Six and the Rel-Yeas.

1966
Anti-fluoride forces today presented stacks of petitions to the city clerk’s office calling for an election on whether or not fluoride should be added to the city’s water supply. Stephen Harvasty, chairman of the Committee to Protect the Public Health, said the petitions contain 21,950 signatures. Ten city employees will work overtime from 5 to 8 p.m. nightly checking the petitions. If they are certified as effective by the clerk, the council then has 30 days in which to repeal the fluoridation ordinance or call a referendum on the issue.

February 9 in San Antonio history…

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The Beatles make their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, broadcast on KENS Channel 5 at 7:00 p.m.  45.3% of U.S. TV households tune in, representing 73 million people — a record for an entertainment program up to that time.

1978
City Council passed a resolution today urging Penner’s Inc. to rebuild its downtown men’s clothing store recently destroyed by fire. It is intended as a signal to the San Antonio Development Agency to make land just behind the Penner’s site at 311 E. Commerce St. available for reconstruction of the store.

1995
Bernard Harris, Jr., a 1974 graduate of San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, becomes the first African-American to perform an EVA (spacewalk) during the second of his two flights aboard the Space Shuttle.

January 23 in San Antonio history…

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Parks Commissioner Henry Hein banned Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings from San Antonio parks.

1964
The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and abolished the poll tax for federal elections.  The State of Texas did not ratify the amendment.  It was one of five states (Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia & Alabama) to still charge a poll tax for local and state elections.

1968
The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place (right).

January 3 in San Antonio history…

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The San Antonio Junior College has announced plans for a 14-building campus if it obtains the arsenal site from government officials in July. Plans submitted show many of the buildings now being used by the government can be transferred to school use in one week.

1964
A month before their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the Beatles are shown on American television for the first time – on the Jack Paar Show at 9 p.m. on WOAI Channel 4.

1974
Gymnast Cathy Rigby debuts as Peter Pan in a World Premiere engagement at Convention Center Arena.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1941
Travis Cotton, 28, of 206 Weaver Street, was waiting when the recruiting office opened this morning and is the first San Antonian to volunteer after the Pearl Harbor attack yesterday.

1950
Mayor White asked San Antonians to observe a moment of daily prayer in respect for the Korean crisis.

1964
The Dave Clark Five made their first San Antonio appearance at the Bexar County Coliseum. San Antonio teenagers were feeling glad all over.

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1889
Justice McAllister is holding an inquest in the death of Billy Ellis at the Silver King saloon yesterday morning. There are 15 witnesses to examine and it will take practically all day.

1945
D. A. “Jelly” Bryce, in charge of the San Antonio office of the FBI, is featured in a LIFE magazine pictorial demonstrating his quick-draw technique.  Bryce can drop a silver dollar from shoulder height with his right hand, draw his pistol with the same hand and shoot the dollar before it hits the ground.  Bryce took over as FBI chief here one year ago.

1964
The Express-News has acquired a new FCC-approved radio system to allow their reporters to communicate stories on-scene back to the news office.  “The Handie-Talkie is strapped to his belt and weighs no more than a photographer’s strobe light battery,” the article gushed.  “No other San Antonio newspaper, radio or TV station has a portable system like it.”

July 3 in San Antonio history…

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

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The Nat “King” Cole Trio plays a concert in the Municipal Auditorium (right).

1964
Natural Bridge Caverns opens to the public.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

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Travis Cotton, 28, of 206 Weaver Street, was waiting when the recruiting office opened and is the first San Antonian to volunteer after the Pearl Harbor attack yesterday.

1946
Dibbles Toy Store advertises for Christmas (right).

1964
The Dave Clark Five made their first San Antonio appearance at the Bexar County Coliseum. San Antonio teenagers were feeling glad all over.

November 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1915
Heinie Schultz, a private in the German army, reached New York today from Rotterdam—a deserter and a stowaway aboard the Dutch steamer Noorderdyk. He wore a uniform which bore the earth stains of the trenches of war, said he had grown weary of war and asked the customs men to let him enter the United States so that he would have to fight no more.

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.

1953
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.

1964
The City Council gave brief consideration to a resolution that would urge merchants to stay closed on Sundays.  The resolution died when Mayor McAllister failed to ask for a seconding. Jack Martin, president of the San Antonio Building Trades Council, predicted San Antonio’s economy “will fall” if it is based on a seven-day week. “There is something wrong with the moral fiber of this community if we must work seven days a week,” he said.