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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.

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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.

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1946
Installation of a traffic signal light at Broadway and Pershing avenue to provide a safe crossing place for pedestrians to the north entrance of Brackenridge Park is being delayed by lack of cable, Commissioner P. L. Anderson stated today. As soon as the cable can be obtained the light will be installed and a concrete safety island for pedestrians will be plated in the street, he said. Some cable is being purchased in Houston and some in Corpus Christi.

1970
Monday Night Football debuts on the ABC network on KSAT Channel 12 at 8:00 p.m.  The game features the New York Jets with quarterback Joe Namath vs. the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.  This is the first of 13 prime-time Monday games on the network this season. The Browns win, 31-21.

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Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

September 12 in San Antonio history…

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

1970
Doc Severinsen, trumpeter and bandleader on NBC’s “Tonight Show” performs at “Gala España,”co-sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the San Antonio Symphony Society and Joske’s of Texas, with proceeds benefitting the Symphony Society.

1985
Tears for Fears performs at Municipal Auditorium.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

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Plans to convert the four-story Halff building (right) at 336 E. Commerce into an African-American hotel were thwarted when nearby residents protested before the city zoning board today in City Hall.  “I am [the] manager of the Cameo Theater, which has given the Negroes a modern theater and now I think our next step is to convert this vacant building into a clean, modern hotel.  The Negroes have been pushed around and had to live in ‘dumps’ for years.  The better class Negro is just as afraid to walk through the 400 and 500 block of East Commerce as the white folks are.  We want it cleaned up.” said Pinkie Smith. (photo courtesy of UTSA digital collections)

1970
What was billed as the first Mexican-American-sponsored fund-raising event for a Republican in Texas history was held at the Gunter Hotel last night for U.S. Senate candidate George H. W. Bush.