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April 11 in San Antonio history…

1917
A spectacular moving picture depicting Texas history from the sixteenth century to the present time and including the great mobilization of the National Guard on the Mexican border will be made in San Antonio and shown as a part of the two-hundredth anniversary of the anniversary of the Alamo in the spring of 1918. The title of the film will be “The Battle Ground of Nations.”

1957
The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

1966
Artists from the ABC TV show “Where the Action Is” play Municipal Auditorium.  The roster includes: Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Linda Scott, Steve Alaimo, Keith Allison, The Action Kids, The Knickerbockers, Billy Joe Royal and The Viceroys

April 8 in San Antonio history…

1888
The first league baseball game is played in San Antonio.

1917 – World War I
Confederate veterans living in San Antonio have written to President Wilson assuring him of their loyalty to “our beloved land” and offering their services in any way in which they can be used. The letter, bearing the signature “W. H. Robert and others,” follows: “The Confederate Veterans of this city realize that there is a crisis in the affairs of our beloved land and we are willing to do anything that is in our power to aid in this time of need, as readily as we did over half a century ago with the same patriotism as in years gone by.”

1966
President Johnson signs the Medicare registration extension bill in ceremonies at Victoria Plaza located at 411 Barrera Street and attends Good Friday services here in San Antonio also.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1914
Hundreds of extras stormed the walls in a movie reenactment of the Battle of the Alamo as throngs of San Antonians looked on from roofs of nearby buildings.  (This is the 1914 film “The Siege and Fall of the Alamo.”)

World War I – April 7, 1917
A young man who unknowingly sat on an American flag at a recruiting office this morning, found himself suddenly jerked to his feet by Chief Evans, who witnessed it.  The Light reported, “The astonished youth, ignorant of the great respect for the flag paid by sailors, received in silence a verbal lashing that impressed him with the fact that the nation’s ensign must be respected by all.”
“I didn’t know I was doing it,” was his explanation.  “I just sat down without looking to see what was on the chair.”

1966
In a 5-3 vote, City Council approves adding fluoride to the city’s water supply.  Anti-fluoridationist Stephen Harvasty vows to launch a campaign for a referendum.  A petition with at least 11,340 signatures would force the council to repeal the ordinance or force a referendum.

 

March 31 in San Antonio history…

1922
The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 12-8, in an exhibition game at League Park.  Babe Ruth hits a home run and even Wally Pipp gets a base hit.

1966
2nd. Lt. Carla Houtz, an Army nurse at Brooke Army Medical Center, is crowned Miss BAMC for 1966 in festivities at Service Club No. 1.  Entertainment is provided by The Commands backed by the Dell Tones.  Special guest is actor Glenn Corbett of Route 66 fame.

1968
“The world’s most unusual hotel” was dedicated in San Antonio today when the Hilton Palacio del Rio opened its doors in time for HemisFair.  The 500-room, 22-story hotel built by H. B. Zachry was completed in 10 months after architects started work on the plans.

December 22 in San Antonio history…

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The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium.

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.

1991
Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plays Rockwave nightclub.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

1936
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”

1957
For the first time in at least six years, snow fell on San Antonio today for several hours, leaving the city under a beautiful blanket of white.

1966
The Wonder Theater opens at Wonderland Shopping City showing “Not With My Wife You Don’t.”

November 8 in San Antonio history…

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.

1995
San Antonio-based Diamond Shamrock acquires National Convenience Stores – the Stop N Go chain – for $260 million, making the San Antonio-based firm the state’s largest gasoline and convenience store retailer, officials announced today.  Houston-based National Convenience Stores, with its 661 stores, will become a subsidiary of Diamond Shamrock, and will give 835-store Diamond Shamrock almost 1,500 convenience stores – 1,300 in Texas – and more than 10,000 employees.

November 4 in San Antonio history…

1899
The University of Texas plays their annual football game against the  Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas right here in San Antonio at the International Fairgrounds.  A&M disputes a fumble in the second half and refuses to take the field, forfeiting the game to Texas, 6-0.

1905
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed an injunction to restrain Miss Adina de Zavala from retaining possession of the Alamo.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson appears on the cover of LIFE magazine with his hand on the shoulder of San Antonio resident SSgt. Charles K. Caughlan (right).  The photo was taken on the president’s recent trip with General Westmoreland to Vietnam.

 

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

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.”

1992
President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari all flew to San Antonio and looked on today as their three trade ministers signed documents signaling an end to negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “This meeting marks a turning point in the history of our three countries,” Bush told about 200 dignitaries and local business leaders packed into a courtyard at the Plaza San Antonio Hotel. “We are creating the largest, richest and most productive market in the entire world.”

September 23 in San Antonio history…

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The new underground restaurant in the Gunter Hotel – The Caveteria – opens today. (photo courtesy of the UTSA Zintgraff collection)

1960
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410.

1966
Former Brackenridge star Warren McVea catches a 99-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Cougars in their game against Washington State.  This is the first football game ever played on Astroturf and still the longest touchdown pass in University of Houston history.