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April 2 in San Antonio history…

A. L. Becker opens the first Handy-Andy grocery store in San Antonio at 1716-18 Broadway.

Country singer Roger Miller (“King of the Road”,”Dang Me”) weds San Antonio native Leah Kendrick in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cesar Chavez, the leader of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, will participate in the May 5 episcopal consecration of Patrick Fernandez Flores, newly named bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, it was announced today.


February 12 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio begins transition from streetcars to buses, discontinuing the Highland Park, Denver Heights, Beacon Hill, Tobin Hill and South Presa traction lines.

African-American and white college students Sunday staged a peaceful but unsuccessful demonstration in an effort to force integration of the Majestic Theater.

B. J. Thomas plays a concert at Blossom Athletic Center with Blues Image.  A local band, Flash, opens the show.  The lead guitarist and vocalist for Flash is Alamo Heights HS graduate, Chris Geppert – later known as Christopher Cross.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

Approximately 60 young ladies and girls employed at Finck’s cigar factory walked out on strike this morning. The girls, who make $8 a week quit because other girls were being hired for as little as $1.50 per week.

A rare copy of a Mexican newspaper containing the earliest known official announcement of the fall of the Alamo is now on display at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library next to the Alamo. The newspaper dated March 21, 1836, was acquired from Maury A. Bromsen, a rare books and manuscripts dealer in Boston.

Soul Brother #1, James Brown, performs at Freeman Coliseum.

January 15 in San Antonio history…

S. Marie Shelton and W. Walter Stowe are married by Rev. J. H. Adams of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in a tethered balloon 1,000 feet in the air over San Pedro Springs Park. After the ceremony, the couple made a balloon trip to Leon Springs. Passengers on the trip were Capt. H.E. Honeywell, L.B. Moorehouse, W.A. Philpott, Miss Elva McDaniel and Benjamin Foulois “who operates the Wright aeroplane at Sam Houston.”

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.

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.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

A city prisoner, working in the Alamo, dug up a part of a human skull beneath the floor of the room in which Davy Crockett died. It is believed the skull belonged to a defender of the Alamo.

Tex Beneke and the Modernaires play the Convention Center Banquet Hall with “A Salute to Glenn Miller.”

Chris Marrou retires after 36 years as anchor of KENS Channel 5.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

The burning of the A.B. Frank Co., an immense wholesale establishment, proved to be the most disastrous conflagration in the history of the city.  Estimates of the loss range from $225,000 to $300,000.

An old rock quarry, east of San Jacinto Park and near Brackenridge Park was approved by Mayor C. K. Quin as the site of the proposed athletic stadium for the public school system.

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…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Express remarks that the “dreaded Spanish influenza has reached America (right).”  The pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history.

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

Longtime KMAC and KISS-FM disk jockey, Joe “The Godfather” Anthony (Yanuzzi), dies at the age of 55.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two Kelly Field flyers are killed in separate airplane accidents and several soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston are injured when a truck they are riding in is hit by a train at the intersection of the Quintana Road and the I. & G. N. railroad.

It was reported to the City Council that the City of Leon Valley is not suitable for total annexation by San Antonio, because the city presently could not adequately service the small town with utilities.

“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.
As of 2018, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.


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.

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

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.

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.