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July 28 in San Antonio history…

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The Texas Theater shows its first “talkie” motion picture and the first from Paramount Studios – “Warming Up,” featuring Richard Dix.

1931
Approval of the designation of the present Post Cemetery at Fort Sam Houston as an addition to the San Antonio National Cemetery has been granted by the War Department, according to word received at the Eighth Corps Area today. The new cemetery is on the east side of the Austin road immediately south of Dodd Field, and is on a hill overlooking the city. The section along the highway will be maintained as a park. The San Antonio National Cemetery is east of the city, adjacent to the city cemeteries.

1969
Work begins on the restoration of old Hangar 9 at Brooks Air Force Base.  Originally created as a temporary structure in 1917, the hangar is the oldest existing aircraft hangar at any U.S. Air Force Base.  The hangar will become a museum dedicated to the late astronaut Edward H. White.

1976
The F-15 Eagle makes its first appearance at Kelly AFB on a flight from Luke AFB in Arizona.   The San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly welcomed the Eagle.

July 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The draft begins and the first five men drafted from San Antonio are:  Andres Perez, John Martinez, W. A. Shacklett, Philip Best and Lawrence Abernathy

1923
Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico.

1969
San Antonio, as well as the rest of the world, is awestruck watching Americans land on the moon.

June 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
W. P. Bishop is now in charge as chief of the San Antonio fire department. He was nominated by Commissioner Lowther at the council meeting yesterday afternoon and confirmed without opposition. Immediately after the meeting Chief Bishop made his bond and took the oath of office. He was escorted down the steps of the city hall by admiring friends and amid their cheers stepped into the front seat of the chief’s big red car and with Phil Wright, the retiring chief occupying the rear seat, drove over to the Central fire and police station .

The Royal Theater is to be re­modeled and refurnished and undergo improvements which will represent an expenditure of $40,000. The theater will close tonight and work of reconstruction will begin Wednesday, so as to be completed for the opening of next season, September 1.

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Joske’s installs the first escalators in San Antonio and begins their “Joske Days” sale two days late in order to showcase them.

1969
The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.

 

March 15 in San Antonio history…

1822
Stephen F. Austin arrives in San Antonio to meet with the Governor regarding plans for colonization of Texas.  He is told to continue to Mexico City and meet with authorities there.

1969
Paseo Del Rio Association president Jim Cullum Jr. orders the river dyed green and renamed “River Shannon” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  On hand for the ceremonies is “Viva Max!” co-star John Astin who was made an honorary admiral. The river dyeing is a first for the Alamo City.

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Phillip J. Romano opens the first Fuddrucker’s burger restaurant at 8602 Botts Lane in San Antonio (right).  It’s still there.

February 8 in San Antonio history…

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Today’s edition of the San Antonio Express newspaper (right) features a photograph pasted to the front page of each copy.  The photograph, called a homeograph, is a reproduction of a line drawing entitled “Answer of the Germans to the Above”, referencing the article above the photo.  Both the line drawing and the homeograph are creations of Carl G. Von Iwonski of San Antonio.  This is arguably the first photograph to appear in a newspaper anywhere.

1968
TV’s Channel 12 is purchased by the Out Let Company of Providence, RI and changes call letters from KONO-TV to KSAT.

2001
Destiny’s Child performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.

December 24 in San Antonio history…

1874
Rt. Reverend Anthony Dominic Pelicer is installed at San Fernando Cathedral as first Bishop of  San Antonio (he was buried in this cathedral April 17, 1880.)

1893
The Mexican Pastores tonight will walk in shepherd’s costume, with gaily decorated crooks and jingling bells to visit the babe of Bethlehem at the many private oratories in the city, and will conclude their services at the midnight mass in San Fernando Cathedral. This is an old Mexican custom.

1969
Our Lady of the Lake freshman, Louise Locker, (along with Santa Claus) stays out until “two or three in the morning” delivering over 200 presents and a Christmas trees to needy San Antonio children who had written letters – and so becomes known as Elf Louise.

September 13 in San Antonio history…

1963
The Robert C. Cole Golden Cougars win their inaugural football game, 8-0, over the Comfort Bobcats.

1969
Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, local favorites The Yellow Payges.

1987
Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School.  He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)

August 22 in San Antonio history…

1918
Military police have been ordered to keep soldiers out of close to a score of eating and drinking places in the carnival district of W. Houston because their women employees lack certificates attesting to their moral character.

1969
Three Dog Night comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays Municipal Auditorium.  Courtship opens the show.

 

July 9 in San Antonio history…

1943
A new employee at the San Antonio National Bank, 213 W. Commerce, stepped on the burglar alarm button, causing 10 police cars to dash to the bank.

1969
The fire sprinkler system mysteriously activated at 6:45 a.m. in the Dillard’s department store in Central Park Mall this morning.  Water spilled along floors and was several inches deep in some places. There was some seepage in the stockroom area.  “It will be several hours before we can assess the damage,” store president Huber Hughes said. “Thanks to the the fire department help, we will be open for business as usual.”

1982
Spontaneous combustion caused by towels soaked in linseed oil was believed to be the cause of a $250,000 blaze at the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club on the city’s northwest side.  The towels were left by an employee applying preservative to the floor.  ”Nobody told him about how combustible linseed oil can become when combined with a fiber material and that’s what happened in this case,” said arson detective Larry Foraker.

June 5 in San Antonio history

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British field marshal Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener,  famous for his iron rule as a British imperialist and colonial administrator in Africa, India, the Sudan and Egypt, is killed when a German mine explodes the warship he was on while he was headed to negotiations with Czarist Russian military leaders.  Posters featuring Kitchener inspired James Montgomery Flagg’s famous poster of Uncle Sam.

1926
Insterstate Amusement Company has purchased property on Houston between St. Mary’s and Navarro and intends to build the largest theater in the South. (This will be the Majestic Theater.)

1969
The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.