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April 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The women soliciting for the third Liberty Loan in San Antonio reported $492,400 at their first noon meeting today at the Y.W.C.A. building.  The men, meeting at the Gunter Hotel, reported $383,050.

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First Mate, a San Antonio-based seafood restaurant chain (right), opens their first location at Buena Vista and Zarzamora.

1978
George Gervin wins the NBA scoring title over David Thompson with a 63-point performance over the New Orleans Jazz.  “The Iceman” knew he had to score 58 points to win the title and, despite being double- and triple-teamed, managed to set a new franchise record.  He also set an NBA record for most points in a quarter with 33 in the second period.

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January 23 in San Antonio history…

1918
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.

1968
The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place (right).

1970
Chicago Transit Authority comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays a concert in Hemisfair Arena.  The Youngbloods open the show.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

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The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1917 – World War I 
A permanent military band of seventy-five pieces may enrich the musical life of San Antonio.  The plan has been developed, the nucleus of the organization has been formed at Kelly Field but approximately $4500 is needed for the maintenance of the band.

1970
Ground is broken on the new $31,993,000 Veteran’s Administration hospital in the South Texas Medical Center.  It is due to be completed by March 1, 1974.  (After the death of Audie Murphy on May 28, 1971, the hospital would be named the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in his honor.)

September 12 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Lone Star Brewery is opened for business.

1917 – World War I
All the San Antonio factories are operating on full time and have been for many weeks. Some of them, because of War Department business are working day and night shifts, according to the reports made at the regular meeting of the San Antonio Manufacturer’s Association at the Gunter Hotel last night.  Discussions brought out the information that practically every manufactory is getting its share of the army contracts and some have contracts for supplies for the Navy.

1970
The first McDonald’s restaurant opens in San Antonio at 1330 S. Laredo St.

September 6 in San Antonio history…

1894
San Antonio Female College opens its doors.  In 1916 the college was recognized by the University of Texas as a junior college. The name was changed to Westmoorland College in 1918 and to the University of San Antonio in 1937. In 1942 the institution passed out of Methodist control, and the University of San Antonio was merged with Trinity University.

1970
Pacific Gas & Electric plays the JAM Factory.

1982
Betty Jean Alden’s controversial statue of Samuel Gompers is unveiled along Market Street.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Today is “Penny Day” as proclaimed by the mayor. Children wishing to contribute to the fund may bring their pennies to the “Happy Tribe Editor” of The Light or may drop them in one of the collection boxes placed In a number of the city’s stores. The campaign will continue for three weeks and the money will then be sent to the Red Cross to be used for the children of Belgium. Father and mother have contributed to the Red Cross. Here is the children’s opportunity to do their mite for the relief work and the best part of it is their pennies w ill go to the relief of little folks entirely.

1920
A successful test of the ripcord parachute is made at Kelly Field.

1970
“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Riders initially think it is a joke – until they see the guns are real. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.

May 5 in San Antonio history…

1731
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña is established.

1917 – World War I
An official outline of the method by which military registration is to be carried out under the selective conscription bill was made public today with an appeal from the War Department for the voluntary services of state election and other officials in order that there may be no delay in enrolling and classifying millions of men for army duty.  Careful preparation has been made to place the whole task in the hands of civilian officials of the state and to remove every suggestion of military force in putting the measure into effect.

1970
In a ceremony reflecting ecumenism and a confluence of cultures, Patrick F. Flores was consecrated the auxilliary bishop of the San Antonio Archdiocese late Tuesday morning.  Consecration ceremonies were held at the Convention Center Arena, marking the first time a Catholic event of this magnitude has ever been held in the United States outside a church building.

April 9 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Austria-Hungary, under pressure from Germany, has severed diplomatic relations with the United States.

1970
The San Antonio City Council votes to rename San Pedro Tennis Courts to McFarlin Tennis Center.

1976
President Gerald Ford visits San Antonio during his re-election campaign and infamously bites into a tamale without removing the husk. (right)  This is later humorously referred to as “The Great Tamale Incident.”

January 20 in San Antonio history…

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The first issue of the San Antonio Light rolls off the printing presses. It remains in circulation until January 28, 1993.

1970
Mayor McAllister said he will ask that a special public meeting of the City Council be held next week to consider all proposals for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Plaza.

1984
Bob Barker, host of TV’s “The Price Is Right,” brings his “Fun & Games Show” to Convention Center Arena.

January 15 in San Antonio history…

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Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium (right), playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

1959
City Council passes an ordinance allowing ambulances to use a red, flashing light and to exceed the speed limit by up to 10. mph “when it is safe” but sirens on ambulances are now prohibited.

1970
The San Antonio City Council recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today with a resolution, a moment of silence and instructed the city manager to study the  possibility of re-naming a street after the slain civil rights leader.  A request that the city observe Jan. 15 as a holiday, however, fell on deaf ears and was put off without any discussion.