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October 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Mayes Electric Wonder baseball board used last year at the Grand Opera House will be used by the Empire Theater to “watch” the World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants.

1968
HemisFair ’68 comes to a close with a final total of 6,384, 482 attendees.

1992
The Hearst Corp. announces it will purchase the Express-News for $185 million in cash and the San Antonio Light newspaper will be sold.

 

 

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October 5 in San Antonio history…

1873
Renovations to San Fernando are completed and the cathedral is reopened.  However, the second tower will not be finished until 1902.

1917 – World War I
The soldier from Graceville, Minnesota who wrote and wanted to wager with the “Home Folks” editor of the San Antonio Light that a former citizen of his home town couldn’t be found in San Antonio was trying to make a very bad bet.  His challenge was printed in The Light yesterday afternoon and this morning a message came to the editor that B. Morris residing at 212 Taft Boulevard would like to have the soldier call on him and have a chat about affairs in Graceville, as he formerly resided near there and knows a number of residents of the Minnesota town.

1968
Attendees of Hemisfair ’68 are entertained by the sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in the Hemisfair Theater for the Performing Arts.

 

September 15 in San Antonio history…

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

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Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47 (right).
(Photo by Bob Weston)

1983
At the San Antonio Zoo, a gorilla named Mopie attacks zookeeper Rick Estrada, nearly biting off his leg.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

1917
The robbery of the Alamo Jewelry Company, 515 Alamo Plaza, which occurred yesterday afternoon, was quickly solved when Detectives Green and Harris raided a house on the south side of the city this afternoon. One man was arrested and a quantity of the gold coins recovered. A second man who was in the house ran away and although shot at several times, he escaped. The gold coins stolen were estimated to be worth $1,000 by I. Arbetter, proprietor of the store.  The list of coins stolen, as furnished to detectives, include $195 worth
of mutilated American and foreign coins, forty-two old gold Spanish coins, worth $20 each, some of the sixteenth century and others dated from 1728 to 1840; eleven $3 gold pieces, a $10 gold Pikes Peak gold coin; four 2.50 gold pieces; a gold Carolina dollar and two dozen 25 and
50 cent pieces.

1948
Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there and simulcast on 101.1 FM.

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The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos play an AFL preseason exhibition game in Alamo Stadium. The Chargers won, 6-3.

August 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Major General Henry T. Allen, assigned as commander of the National Army divisions at Camp Travis, is expected to arrive in San Antonio at the end of the week and take up his new duties.

1955
All new police cars are being equipped with beacon-ray emergency red lights that flash revolving red beams as a warning to all.  Sixteen lights have been installed and are in operation now, said Capt. Frank Mosel.  They are replacing the old blinker lights which were much smaller and flashed only forward.

1968
Glen Campbell and Bob Newhart are performing this week at Hemisfair ’68.

 

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.”

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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.