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May 31 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio newspapers report that Miss Katherine Stinson has returned to the city after spending the winter flying in Japan and China.

1968
Randy’s Rodeo holds its grand opening featuring Johnny Bush.  Legendary acts such as Rush, U2 and the Sex Pistols would all play their first San Antonio gigs at Randy’s.

1999
Sean Elliott hits the “Memorial Day Miracle” 3-point shot with 9.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs over the Portland Trailblazers, 86-85, in game two of the series.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

1917
King Antonio III, attended by members of his court, arrives by train at the International & Great Northern Railroad depot, is given a 21-gun salute and is escorted to the St. Anthony Hotel in a grand procession of decorated automobiles, where he is presented with the keys to the city.

1929
Smoking by uniformed policemen while on duty is forbidden in a general order issued by Police Chief Owen Kilday today.  Exempted from the order are men on dogwatch from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

1968
La Posada Motor Hotel (now La Mansion del Rio) was “eternally opened” today at a 2:30 p.m. ceremony.  Father Louis Blume, S.M., president of St. Mary’s University, Rabbi David Jacobson and Espiscopal Bishop R. Earl Dicus joined in the ecumenical blessing of the new hotel.  Mayor W. W. McAllister then tossed a key off the balcony and into the San Antonio River to officially open the hotel.  “The doors of La Posada will never again be locked,” said Tom Herring, president of the hotel company.  The building previously housed the St. Mary’s School of Law before its conversion into a hotel.

April 6 in San Antonio history…

World War I – April 6, 1917:  The United States enters the war
Two days after the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally enters World War I.  While reading the headlines, songwriting George M. Cohan begins humming a tune that would become his most famous and successful song – “Over There.”

1968hemisfair
HemisFair ’68 opened to the public.

1979
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play the first of two nights at Ricardo’s Cadillac at 5154 Broadway.

April 4 in San Antonio history…

1900
The Carnegie free library is to be located in this city, it was announced.

1934
San Antonio police announced today that they believe that Clyde Barrow and his notorious partners in crime have been in San Antonio in the last 24 hours.  A man who refused to reveal his identity told police he had positively seen Bonnie Parker driving a car on East Commerce street two days ago.  In the car with here, he said, was a man.  The informant was positive because he had known Miss Parker for many years in Dallas.

1968
San Antonians are shocked to learn of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

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.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio newspapers print an appeal for enlistment from the Secretary of Navy (right) as the drumbeat of war gets louder.

1954
Big Joe Turner plays Woodlake Country Club, along with Guitar Slim and his orchestra.

1968
Lackland Air Force Base has begun construction of five buildings that will be the beginning of the “super barracks” for Air Force basic trainees.  The buildings, which will cost $3 million each to build, will house 1,040 men.  The first of the new buildings is scheduled for completion in February 1969.  All five should be completed by June 1969.

March 21 in San Antonio history…

1934
Actor Al Freeman, Jr. is born in San Antonio.  In 1979, he became the first African-American actor to win a daytime Emmy award for his portrayal of Police Captain Ed Hall in the soap opera “One Life to Live.”  He also appeared in movies such as “Lillies of the Field” with Sidney Poitier and Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X.”

1952
San Antonio will be attached to the family of cities served by network television July 1, it was revealed today.  The announcement came from the long-line department of American Telephone and Telegraph Co.

1968cpm_map_68
Central Park Mall holds its grand opening.

February 23 in San Antonio history…

1720
Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is founded by Father Margil de Jesus, who names it in honor of San Jose, San Miguel and Governor Aguayo (Jose de Azlor y Virto de Vera, the Marquis de Aguayo, appointed Governor of Texas and Coahuila in 1719).  Olivares protests its closeness to Mission San Antonio.  Captain Alazar lays out the 10 leagues distance between the missions required by the Laws of the Indies in order to give it the protection of the presidio.

1929post_office
Fire, apparently started by defective wiring, threatened mail and federal records and did $30,000 damage to San Antonio’s historic federal building in Alamo Plaza (right).

1968
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas formally open the Long Barracks at the Alamo.

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1921
“The Rock of Ages,” a memorial to the San Antonio boys who gave their lives in the World War, will be erected near the star in Brackenridge Park. Ray Lambert, park commissioner, is responsible for the tribute.

19681968Feb2
Hemisfair Arena holds its grand opening with a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. Joining the two teams were Bob Hayes, “The World’s Fastest Human,” and a lineup of variety acts that performed before the game and during intermission.

1980
Jack LaLanne and Arnold Schwarzenegger make personal appearances at the grand opening of the International Fitness Center location at 9926 San Pedro Avenue.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

1958
A plan for a “hemisfair” – a world’s fair for Latin American countries and the U.S. – was being considered today.  A chamber of commerce committee decided to probe the possibility of having such a fair in 1960.

1968
A rare copy of a Mexican newspaper containing the earliest known official announcement of the fall of the Alamo is now on display at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library next to the Alamo. The newspaper dated March 21, 1836, was acquired from Maury A. Bromsen, a rare books and manuscripts dealer in Boston.

1980
The O’Jays, Cameo and Phyllis Hyman play a concert in Convention Center Arena.