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October 1 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
All soldiers at Camp Travis will be placed under quarantine this morning as a precautionary measure against influenza at the local cantonment.  Sixty new cases of influenza were reported at the Base Hospital today.

1969
The Century South theater holds its grand opening.

1971bexar_hotel
Demolition begins on the Jefferson Hotel (right) at the corner of E. Houston and Jefferson streets. The property will become a surface parking lot which will be leased to Allright Parking, Inc.  The Jefferson Hotel was constructed in 1879 as the Bexar Hotel, which was considered one of the finest in the city at the turn of the century.  All but the street level of the hotel has been condemned since 1946.  The demolition will force five businesses to find new locations:  Parisian Ladies’ Shop, Kay’s Fine Linens, Allen Shoes, the Jefferson Café and Russell Stover Candies. (photo from the UTSA Photo Archives)

 

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September 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Salvation Army Hut at Victor Street and Austin Road, near what is known as Parade Rest, west of Camp Travis, will be formally dedicated this evening at 8 o’clock.

1926
Two wars, the Spanish-American and the World War are to be fought at Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis within the next few days by Hollywood stars and technicians. Spectators may watch if they stay out of battles. (This was the for the filming of the movie “Wings,” which won the Academy Award.)

1971
San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane plays Municipal Auditorium.

July 2 in San Antonio history…

1731
The site for the Church of San Fernando is selected when Juan Antonio Pérez de Almazán, captain of the Presidio of San Antonio, lays out a central square for the villa of San Fernando de Béxar, as San Antonio was first called. The church is to be located on the west side of the square. After Almazan selected the site of the doorway of the church, the Main Plaza was laid out from the doorway.

1918 – World War I
Lieut. Chenault, Fred Walters and Bud Goodwin visited Medina Lake to plan for the swimming and diving acts to take place during the Fourth of July celebration.  Walters complained that the 65-foot drop from the dam was not enough to make high-diving interesting.  Steps were immediately taken to erect a scaffold so he can make a 110-foot dive.

1971
The Aztec Theater promised “a new concept in entertainment” with the transformation into a multiplex, called the Aztec-3.

June 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the eleven men accused of lynching Robert Praeger, an alleged pro-German, at Collinsville, IL, April 5, were acquitted by a jury yesterday after deliberating only five minutes.  Loud cheers greeted the verdict when it became known in a crowd that waited outside the courthouse.

1963
The Westfall branch library opens at 6111 Rosedale Court.

1971
J.B. Smith and Beverly Bush enjoyed the first two mixed drinks legally served in the Tower of the Americas.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

1892
The cricket match between San Antonio and Kerrville was won by San Antonio today. The sun was hot.

1918 – World War I
It has now been definitely established that the plans of the War Department call for the reduction in the number of men assigned to Kelly Field and its final abandonment as a mobilization camp.  A recent memorandum states that Camp Greene in Charlotte, N.C. has been taken over by the aviation section of the Signal Corps for a mobilization camp and as rapidly as transportation can be secured, the troops at Kelly Field and Waco will be moved out.

1971
Elton John makes his first San Antonio appearance in Muncipal Auditorium.  Mark-Almond is opening act.

February 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Seven planes were damaged during yesterday’s flying at Kelly Field but no serious injuries were received.  Lieutenant Hightower went into a tailspin at 6,000 feet but recovered sufficiently to land on the golf course at Brackenridge Park.

1971
Bobby Sherman performs at Municipal Auditorium, setting teenage hearts aflutter for Valentine’s Day.

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The Irish supergroup U2 (right) makes their first appearance in San Antonio, playing at Cardi’s – a briefly renamed Randy’s Rodeo, promoting their current album “October.”  Tickets are $3.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio Mayor Sam Bell declares December 17 “Red Cross Day” and calls “upon all loyal and patriotic people residing within said city to observe said day by raising or hoisting Red Cross flags upon all flag poles, public buildings and other prominent public places within said city on said day, that we may by this expression of our sympathy with said cause at least lend some help and encouragement to the officers and members of this great organization that is doing so much to help relieve the sufferings of those who have been maimed, wounded or made destitute by the awful conflict that is now being waged for humanity.”

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The Texas Theater holds its formal grand opening.  The theater will be opened to the public on December 18.

1971
San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, captures the 4A state championship, 28-27, over Wichita Falls.  This was the first high school game played at the then-brand new Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

October 30 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War IWar of the Worlds - 1938
The first balloon ascension from the Missouri Aeronautical School took place this morning at the corner of Trinity and Durango Streets.  The basket, which dangled below the great globe, bore Instructor E. S. Cole and six students.  Soon, they were only specks in the sky and the great balloon, taking its first course towards the northwest, and then at a height of about nine hundred feet apparently, veering southward, sailed off serenely in the direction of Kelly Field.

1938
Radio station KTSA broadcasts “Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre” featuring a radio drama of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” from 7 to 8 p.m (right).  Despite announcements before, during and after the program, some frightened radio listeners believe it is a real invasion of aliens from Mars.

1971
Trinity University dedicates their new $4.8 million, 3,000-seat Laurie Auditorium, named for former president, James W. Laurie.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

1966
The City Council today passed a resolution setting a public hearing on the proposal for the city to participate in the financing of a $5.75 million “Tower of the Americas” on the HemisFair site.

1971
A live rock concert, “Rex Foster with Don and Merrily” is broadcast from the KLRN studios and simulcast on radio stations KEXL in San Antonio and KHFI in Austin.  It is the first time that the stereo radio and television technique has been used in two cities at once.

September 28 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The issuance of marriage licenses in Bexar County has doubled in the past four months according to the County Clerk.  The increase is ascribed to war romances.  Almost without exception, the bridegroom is from the North or East and the bride is a San Antonio girl.

1971
While investigating a domestic disturbance call, Kendall County Sheriff Douglas Kuebel is fatally wounded by the gunman holding his wife and father-in-law hostage in the house and dies a few hours later.

2009
Neighbors awoke to barking dogs and the sound of police cars converging on the corner of La Manda Boulevard and Neer Avenue, near the Westfall Library branch,  on the North Side early this morning.  Responding to a 6 a.m. disturbance call, the officers disarmed and took into custody a neighborhood intruder – a 4-foot alligator.  They couldn’t get hold of a game warden at that hour, so they duct-taped the reptile’s jaw shut and put it in the back of a van used for transporting prisoners. No other prisoners were in the van at the time.