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November 29 in San Antonio history…

1891
The first game of soccer is played in San Antonio at San Pedro Park.

1972
HEB opens their first “Futuremarket” concept store at Wurzbach and IH-10.

1976
The temperature drops to a frigid 21 degrees.  This is still a record low for the date and for the month of November in San Antonio.

November 18 in San Antonio history…

1972
Bob Hope visits San Antonio to dedicate a new elementary school in Southwest San Antonio named in his honor. “I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for grammar school—I spent ten of the best years of my life there,” Hope joked before the large audience gathered outside the school at 3022 Reforma Dr.

1983
“A Christmas Story” debuts at the Galaxy and Century South theaters.  “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

1985
“The Far Side” and “Calvin & Hobbes” (right) first appear in the San Antonio Express-News, replacing “Porterfield” and “Pavlov,” respectively.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

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

1972
Muhammad Ali arrives in San Antonio today to prepare for his exhibitions against Sonny Moore, Ronnie Wright and Terry Daniels tomorrow in Municipal Auditorium.  Each bout will be for three rounds and they will be sandwiched between two preliminaries and a pair of 10-round scraps.

1984
A tunnel under Interstate 10 from the new downtown Fiesta Plaza mall to Market Square is proposed by the developers of Fiesta Plaza – Omni/Vanir Joint Venture.  The main obstacle is funding.  The cost is estimated at $1000 per foot.

October 10 in San Antonio history…

1912
Butter Krust bread is first placed on the market by Richter’s Steam Bakery.

1940
Gutzon Borglum’s monument to trail drivers is accepted by the Trail Driver’s Association.

1972
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first automatic teller machine (right).

September 7 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Post Office in Kendalia in Kendall County is held up in daylight by two Winchester-wielding bandits.  Net take was 75 cents.

1921
Rain begins to fall in San Antonio and will continue for three days leading to widespread flooding, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas. The immense amount of rain quickly overwhelms the the San Antonio River. Five to 10 feet of water submerged the city’s streets, delaying an evacuation.  The city was underwater for nearly a week following the flood, which was responsible for at least $5 million in damages. In the aftermath, San Antonio embarked on a 10-year overhaul of its flood system.

1972
The first Folklife Festival opens on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures. 7,546 people attend on opening day.

September 3 in San Antonio history…

1907
Many people watched today as John Forehand operated the dustless housecleaning apparatus on the seats, carpets and hangings at the Grand Opera House.  The device, which works with a gasoline engine and air pump, is known as a vacuum cleaner.

1921
Rain began to fall in San Antonio and would continue for three days leading to widespread flooding, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas. The immense amount of rain quickly overwhelmed the the San Antonio River. Most of the victims were trapped in their cars by the surprise flood and drowned. Five to 10 feet of water submerged the city’s streets, delaying an evacuation.
The city was underwater for nearly a week following the flood, which was responsible for at least $5 million in damages. In the aftermath, San Antonio embarked on a 10-year overhaul of its flood system.

1972
The first Folklife Festival opens on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures. 7,546 people attend on opening day.

August 18 in San Antonio history…

1887
The first train into Comfort was the occasion of great rejoicing in that city and a brass band serenaded the town. The train men and citizens drank up 17 kegs of beer during the jollification.

1946
A crew from the city health department yesterday fogged the Chinese Sunken Garden basin, in preparation for the opera to be performed there.

1972
Trinity University ceases football scholarships.

June 14 in San Antonio history…

1930
The Sunken Garden Theatre is dedicated and opened with a performance of “The Bohemian Girl” by the San Antonio Civic Opera.

1946
A 23-month-old boy at the Robert B. Green Hospital becomes the city’s 81st polio victim.

1972
Demolition of Fox Tech high school has begun. The 70-year-old buildings will be replaced with a $5 million, 3-000-student complex slated for completion in the fall of 1974. Tech students will go to Brackenridge High School while the work is under way.  Construction starts in October.

March 14 in San Antonio history…

1940
The Alamo, whose façade has been photographed thousands of times, has just made a movie debut.  It is being filmed as part of an education movie short in color, The Story of the Missions.

1956
City Councilman Henry B. Gonzalez today proposed that the city act to desegregate the Alamo Heights swimming pool along with city pools, which had been ruled off-limits to people of color on June 19, 1954 – Juneteenth – and one month and two days after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case ruled that segregation was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

1972
The disposition of the $750,000 estate of the late Mrs. Emma Koehler, former president of the Pearl Brewing Co., is being resolved in the courts.  Frost National Bank, trustee of the estate, has filed a suit for guidance in the administration of the trust left by Mrs. Koehler, widow of the founder, Otto Koehler.

October 21 in San Antonio history…

1867
George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of the New Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies at his ranch outside Boerne.

1933
The University of Texas football team, coached by Clyde Littlefield, takes on favored Centenary University at Eagle Field here in San Antonio. They play to a scoreless tie.

1972
Motown legends the Temptations and the Supremes perform together in Municipal Auditorium.