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November 7 in San Antonio history…

James Stewart and Sandra Dee come to San Antonio for an appearance at the Majestic Theater to promote their new film “Take Her, She’s Mine.” (photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Collections Zintgraff Collection)

The Texas Election Bureau reports that although Richard Nixon won the Presidential election, Texas’s 25 electoral votes went to Hubert Humphrey.  It was the first time in nearly 40 years that the votes did not go to the President-elect.

Demolition of the old Maverick-Clarke building at Navarro and Travis streets is underway.  It will become a parking garage for the new First National Bank Building.

September 7 in San Antonio history…

The Post Office in Kendalia in Kendall County was held up in daylight by two Winchester-wielding bandits.  Net take was 75 cents.

Rain began to fall in San Antonio and would continue for three days leading to widespread flooding, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas. The immense amount of rain quickly overwhelmed the the San Antonio River. Most of the victims were trapped in their cars by the surprise flood and drowned. Five to 10 feet of water submerged the city’s streets, delaying an evacuation.
The city was underwater for nearly a week following the flood, which was responsible for at least $5 million in damages. In the aftermath, San Antonio embarked on a 10-year overhaul of its flood system.

The Hemisfair Theater for the Performing Arts features a gospel concert with the Oak Ridge Boys, The Galileans and the Singing Rambos.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

The White House reports that President Nixon will meet Mexican President Diaz Ordez for the dedication of the Lake Amistad dam on Sept. 8.

Young San Antonians 18 to 20 years old will become adults at the stroke of midnight tonight – the legal age of majority changes from 21 to 18 years old.

August 17 in San Antonio history…

More than 30 youngsters who share Davy Crockett’s August 17 birthday date gathered to whoop it up at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored party in Brackenridge Park today.  Sporting coonskin caps and Davy Crockett t-shirts, they gathered around TV star Johnny Lane who led them in singing “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Home on the Range.”

When Jesse Garcia parked his car at 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Casino, the sidewalk was bare as a bone.  When he returned at 3:15 p.m., he found the city had dug a hole in the sidewalk, planted a meter by his car and left a ticket on his windshield.  Corporation Court Judge Mike Machado was bemused and found Garcia not guilty.

The San Antonio Light reports that officials of the “floundering” Woodstock Music and Art Fair issued a frantic appeal yesterday for everyone not already on the muddy, overcrowded site to turn around and go home.  Sullivan County leaders asked Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to declare the festival site a disaster area.


August 14 in San Antonio history…

Ground is broken for the main building of Our Lady of the Lake Academy.  Originally, the name was to be “St. Mary’s of the Lake” but Bishop Forest persuaded Mother Florence that there were so many St. Mary’s in San Antonio that another name might be more appropriate.  With that, the name was changed to Our Lady of the Lake.

City Council decided today to increase parking meter rates.  The new ordinance will require 20 cents for an hour of parking time, instead of the current price of 10 cents.

Workers spend five hours removing the 4,000-pound marquee from the Texas Theater (right) only to have it bend and crumble due to structural rust.  The marquee was due to have been donated to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

August 9 in San Antonio history…

Mike Nesmith is the featured performer at a hootenanny held in La Villita Assembly Hall to raise money for the March of Dimes (right).  He would later find fame as one of The Monkees.

The San Antonio Public Service Company today announced plans for complete modernization of the city street lights. To be completed in six years, the program calls for illumination of an intense degree in the downtown area.

Midnight Cowboy begins showing in San Antonio at the Broadway Theater at 4940 Broadway.  It remains the only X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

July 30 in San Antonio history…

Sunday opening of stores in San Antonio must stop, according to a precedent set in Judge Umscheid’s court.  A West Commerce drygoods merchant was fined $50 for opening his store on Sunday.

An Olmos Park resident writes to the San Antonio Light that it’s “a dirty shame” that there is no stoplight at intersection of El Prado, Olmos Drive and McCullough Avenue.

Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

Track laying begins for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.

Ike Kampmann announces that the Menger Hotel has been sold to the National Hotel Company, operators of numerous hotels throughout the South and Southwest, at a price of $265,000.  The hotel was purchased by the Kampmann family from the Menger family sixty years ago.

Columbia, the capsule containing the three Apollo 11 astronauts, splashes down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:50 a.m. San Antonio time (right).

July 23 in San Antonio history…

The Apollo 11 astronauts are now 138,568 miles from earth, heading home at 3,653 mph, still on track for a planned splashdown in the Pacific Ocean tomorrow.

Tom Jones, with Count Basie and his Orchestra opening the show, plays Convention Center Arena.

Foley’s opens their first store in San Antonio, located in North Star Mall.

July 22 in San Antonio history….

A photostatic copy of the original floor plan of an old Spanish fort in San Antonio, drawn in 1805 by Francisco Adam, was brought to San Antonio recently by Bascom Giles, commissioner of the general land office. Situated on the present site of city hall, the fort was more than 300 feet long.

Apollo 11 left lunar orbit at 11:55 p.m last night and is heading for earth at a speed of 2,924 m.p.h.

The San Antonio Gunslingers release all 46 players just before the deadline to pay them.