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December 22 in San Antonio history…

1896
Queen Liliuokalani, of the Hawaiian Islands, passes through San Antonio on her way to Boston.

1966
The City Council today approved a contract for the construction of a 622-foot tower for HemisFair 1968 and sold $5.5 million in bonds to pay for the structure.

1967
The final pre-cast and furnished room (of 496) is flown into place on the 20th floor of the Palacio Del Rio Hotel.  Placement of the last room was scheduled for January 5, but H. B. Zachry’s crews became so adept at hoising the 35-ton concrete rooms the “last flight” was moved up.

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November 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The German armistice delegation has received the surrender terms from Marshal Foch and they have been given 72 hours to decide whether the terms should be accepted or rejected, expiring at 11:00 am French time, Monday, November 11.

1966
Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

1977
San Antonio voters establish the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Authority (VIA) in San Antonio.

July 12 in San Antonio history…

1911
Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois, Signal Corps, has been ordered from San Antonio to Washington for work in connection with the aero squadron. It is his opinion that the aeroplane will be left here and another army aviator will be ordered here.

1918 – World War I
Second Lieutenant John J. Ryan, National Guard, formerly on duty with the 305th Cavalry Regiment at Camp Stanley, has been sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and five years in prison, following his conviction before a court-martial, of unlawfully marrying.  The officer was married in Chicago, October 12, 1915 and without procuring a divorce and while his first wife was living, married another woman at Waco, April 1, 1918.  He pleaded guilty to the charge.

1966
Architects unveiled before the HemisFair executive committee completed designs and scale-model photographs of the proposed Institute of Texan Cultures.

May 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
One of the captive observation balloons at Camp John H. Wise, four miles north of downtown, snapped the cable connecting it with the automobile truck, designed to control it, at noon today and shot skyward, bearing the two cadet officers who were in the basket.  Almost instantly, it was lost to the clouds and no trace of it was seen until it landed at Pflugerville, near Austin, three hours later.

1918
The governor today issued a proclamation officially designating next Sunday, May 13, as “Mother’s Day” in Texas.  The people are urged to observe this day in a proper manner.  “May I not suggest that an acute, tangible reminder of our remembrance of our mothers be given to her upon this happy day, in the form of a gift, or a visit or a long letter?” says the governor in his proclamation.  A pure white flower should be worn on this day.

1966
“Tower of the Americas”, the name suggested by Rosa Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, is chosen as the official name of the 622-foot tall HemisFair tower. Ms. Gonzalez won a three-day expenses-paid stay at the Menger Hotel for herself and her immediate family, a $100 savings bond and a season pass to HemisFair. The names chosen as runners-up were: Hemispire, Hemistower, Astroshaft, Astrospire, Astrotower, Stratospire, Spire of the Americas and Tower of Peace.

 

April 30 in San Antonio history…

1884
The City Brewery (Pearl) holds its grand opening.

1918 – World War I
Sergeant First Class Edward D. Terrell, quartermaster department, on duty at the auxiliary remount station adjoining Camp Travis, was drowned in the Salado Creek near Old Aviation Post yesterday.  He was attempting to cross the stream on horseback and his mount stumbled against a railing of the bridge and was swept down by the swift current resulting from the heavy rain received yesterday morning.

1966
The contract to build a 650-foot tower at the HemisFair site was awarded today to D.J. Rheiner Construction Company.  Architectural details for the unnamed tower will be released within 60 days.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

1943
The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

1966
“Batman,” starring Adam West and Burt Ward, premieres on KONO-TV Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m. opposite “The Virginian” and “Lost in Space.”

1985 – SNOW!
Just after midnight, it began to snow in San Antonio.  It snowed all night and most of the next day, finally dropping a record 13 inches of the white stuff on the Alamo City.  The previous record was 4.7 inches on January 30, 1949.

October 31 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A special train bearing the equipment of the Thearle-Duffield patriotic and military spectacle, “The War of Nations,” which has been exhibited at the Texas State Fair in Dallas and which will open the new Ron-De-Voo Park near Camp Travis Saturday night, arrived in San Antonio yesterday afternoon and this morning a force of expert stage mechanics started building the French village which every night for two weeks will be blown up by bombardment of enemy guns.

1966
The Granada Hotel, which opened in 1927, closed at noon to be converted into a home for the elderly.  Monthly rent began at $58 per month.

1967
In the process of lifting the tophouse to the top of the Tower of the Americas structure, three steel lifting rods snapped halting the process.  Elmer Joiner, project engineer, said that if one more rod had broken, the whole tophouse structure would have fallen to the ground crushing as many as ten men.  In the meantime, seven giant cranes have been brought in to support the tophouse while the lifting rods are being replaced.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

1966
The City Council today passed a resolution setting a public hearing on the proposal for the city to participate in the financing of a $5.75 million “Tower of the Americas” on the HemisFair site.

1971
A live rock concert, “Rex Foster with Don and Merrily” is broadcast from the KLRN studios and simulcast on radio stations KEXL in San Antonio and KHFI in Austin.  It is the first time that the stereo radio and television technique has been used in two cities at once.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Brigadier generals, colonels, majors, captains and lieutenants, old and young were included in a hard drilling which Maj. J. H. Kohler, master physical instructor at West Point, conducted at Camp Travis this morning.  More than 1,225 officers participated in the setting up exercise which loosened up stiff joints and set their blood to tingling.

1966
HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

1982
Noise To Go, featuring Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack, plays the Bonham Exchange.  Claude Morgan & the Blast open the show.

 

August 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Plans for the “Joffre Tribute,” which will be given in San Antonio August 18, are now being made by the San Antonio committee for the Fatherless Children of France. The plans tor the day include a children’s parade which will assemble at 8:20 in the morning at the post office and march through the streets. The children will then give the day to selling French flags and the Lalique medals, especially designed by a distinguished French artist for this work.

1955
The 21st annual North-South All-Star high school football game is held in Alamo Stadium as the culminating event of the week-long Texas High School Coaches’ Association meeting held in the Alamo City.  The North team is coached by Mississippi State head coach, Darrell Royal, and the South is coached by Baylor University’s George Sauer.  The game ends in a 25-25 tie.

1966
Five unidentified flying objects, UFOs, were reported last night over the Alamo Heights area. A resident claimed that five separate aircraft of amber color appeared, going north to south.