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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.

July 18 in San Antonio history…

1939
On the anniversary of his famed flight to Ireland, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan took as his bride yesterday afternoon, his childhood sweetheart, Miss Elizabeth Marvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Marvin,  507 Terrell Rd.  The wedding was in the chapel of the First Baptist Church.

1944
Lt. Stanton D. Richart of San Antonio and three aides were credited with the capture of 85 Nazis by falsely convincing the Germans that they were surrounded.  For this action, Lt. Richart receives the Silver Star with Oak Leaf cluster.

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.
As of 2016, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.

March 29 in San Antonio history…

1962
McCreless Shopping City holds its grand opening celebration.  The new mall contains the city’s second Montgomery Ward department store.

1970
Wheatley High School students pleaded with the members of the Community Relations Commission to not close the school at the end of the school year as scheduled by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  The school was opened in 1932 at 415 Gabriel.

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Waterman Broadcasting announces the sale of radio station KTSA and KTFM radio to Infinity Broadcasting for $90 million.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

World War – 1915
A meeting of representative citizens of the lower Rio Grande Valley was held Saturday afternoon at the federal building in Brownsville and resolutions were adopted and a committee appointed to call on the governor of Texas and also on the Washington authorities urging drastic steps be taken to put a stop to Mexican border raids in this region.

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San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

1970
Regents for the University of Texas System today took the first step toward construction of a sparkling $24.1 million building to house the fledgling UT Dental School at San Antonio. The regents approved the preliminary plans and specifications for the building which is to be connected to the Medical School building.

1993
The first college football game is played in the Alamodome.  Texas defeats SMU, 37-10

July 20 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
“The great German offensive in the east is shown in the latest official reports to seriously threatening the Russian possession of Warsaw. Evacuation of the Polish capital cannot be far distant, in the opinion of many military observers, as from both the north and the south Teutonic pressure is being exerted with seemingly irresistible force,” the San Antonio Light reports from London.

1969
As people await tomorrow’s 1 a.m. moon walk and Monday’s Moon Day holiday, they are stunned by the story of an automobile accident on Martha’s Vineyard involving U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and the death of his secretary, Mary Jo Kopechne.

1970
Martha Alicia De La Rosa is the first person transported by MAST helicopter to Santa Rosa Hospital.