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January 23 in San Antonio history…

In San Antonio’s sensational “Trial of the Century,” Miss Hedda Burgemeister is found not guilty of the murder of Otto Koehler by a jury in the Thirty-seventh district court.  The verdict was returned by the jury shortly after 12 o’clock and Miss Burgemeister was immediately surrounded by friends who showered their congratulations upon her.  Mr. Koehler, President and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (Pearl Brewery) was killed on Nov. 12, 1914 in the little cottage on Hunstock Avenue that he had given to Miss Burgemeister.

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

Chicago Transit Authority comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays a concert in Hemisfair Arena.  The Youngbloods open the show.


December 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The spring Fiesta in commemoration of the Battle of San Jacinto, observed annually in San Antonio for the last twenty-three years, is to be abandoned next spring because of the war conditions which make it impossible to obtain excursion rates on the railroads or to secure railroad equipment under any conditions to accommodate the thousands of visitors.

The Texas Theater celebrates the one year anniversary of their grand opening by offering free admission to anyone who attended the first performance last year and can show the ticket stub or souvenir program to prove it.

Eastwood Country Club features “The Fabulous Ike and Tina Turner Revue (right).”

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.

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

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



October 5 in San Antonio history…

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.

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…

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.

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

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

August 30 in San Antonio history…

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.”

HemisFair ’68 opened to the public.

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