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October 10 in San Antonio history…

1949
The last of San Antonio’s Transettes disappeared from San Antonio streets today. At one time during the war there were more than 30 of the green-suited transettes (right) handing out change and giving information to bus riders.

1972
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first ATM, or automatic teller machine.

1973
The Spurs play their very first regular season ABA game against the San Diego Conquistadors.  San Diego erupted for 48 points in the final quarter, storming back from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to claim a 121-106 victory over the Spurs. San Antonio blew a 77-73 lead coming into the final quarter.

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September 4 in San Antonio history…

1888
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

1918
The San Antonio Evening News publishes its first issue.

1972
WOAI-TV debuts “4 Big News,” a full-hour newscast, featuring Gene Lively, Dave Margulies, Mike Henry and Martha Buchanan, the first woman in Texas to anchor a major weekday news program.

May 3 in San Antonio history…

1932
Rather than charge an admission fee to the Witte Memorial Museum, the building will be open to the public only four hours a day and staff salaries temporarily will be cut in half, it was decided today.

1972
Singer-songwriter Mike Reid performs a Pops concert with the San Antonio Symphony in Convention Center Banquet Hall. Because of his occupation as defensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals (1970-1974), he is billed as “The Violent Virtuoso.”  He would later write successful hits for Bonnie Raitt (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”) and Alabama (“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go.”)

1985
Comedian Eddie Murphy performs at Municipal Auditorium. (right)

January 13 in San Antonio history…

1958
Prompt action by railroad employees was credited today with saving more than $1,000,000 in rolling stock as a two-alarm fire gutted the Katy roundhouse. Employees drove two locomotives and several rail cars from the sheet iron building after a steam generator exploded, hurling burning oil on the walls.

1972
The Milwaukee Brewers take over the local Texas League baseball franchise and change the name from the San Antonio Missions to the San Antonio Brewers.  They have also signed a lease with V. J. Keefe field, which the Texas Leaguers have used since Mission Stadium was abandoned.

1977
City councilman Henry Cisneros, 29, is sworn in as mayor pro-tempore.  He is the youngest mayor in the city’s history.

December 11 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Olmos Dam is dedicated and opened to traffic.

1949WOAI
WOAI-TV Channel 4 was dedicated today (right). The station began broadcasting regular programming at 4:45 that afternoon and signed off at 9:00 pm. The feature program is the SMU-Notre Dame game from Dec. 3.  The program was condensed to 40 minutes by eliminating huddles and time between plays.

1972
A 13-year-old Tanya Tucker performs in Municipal Auditorium with Connie Smith as part of the Toys for Tots Show sponsored by KITY radio and the U.S. Marine Corps.

December 4 in San Antonio history…

1968
Colonies North Shopping Center opens for business at Wurzbach and Ironside Drive.  Stores include:  Handy Andy, Winn’s, Michael’s (clothing), Treasure Cove, Cheer Shop liquor store, M&M Hardware and  Colony Furniture Mart.

1972>December 4 in San Antonio history...
John Mayall headlines a concert at the Municipal Auditorium with opening acts Delbert [McClinton] & Glen [Clark] and Jim Croce. This is Jim Croce’s only appearance in San Antonio.

1986
U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches a patron at Earl Abel’s for calling him a communist.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Washington D. C. reports that influenza cases have decreased in six states, but 27 other states reported the disease still spreading with many additional cities and rural districts infected.  For the first 18 days of October, 14,805 deaths were reported in Pennsylvania.

1960
John Wayne appears at Handy-Andy in Wonderland Mall to cut an Alamo-shaped cake commemorating the San Antonio premiere of his movie, “The Alamo.”

1972
Muhammad Ali arrives in the Alamo City in advance of this three three-round exhibition fights with Sonny Moore, Ronny White and Terry Daniels in two days at Municipal Auditorium.

October 10 in San Antonio history…

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

1918 – World War I
Five deaths from broncho-pneumonia following influenza were reported at Camp Travis for the 24 hours ending at 8 o’clock this morning.  A total of 736 new influenza cases developed at the camp within the last 24 hours and 160 of pneumonia as a combination from influenza were reported.  This brings the total number of pneumonia cases at the camp to 467 since the disease started.

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

September 7 in San Antonio history…

1918
There have been complaints that boys have been trespassing on the grounds of the High School on Main Avenue.  There have been reports that they have also been climbing to the top of the structure and throwing rocks at pedestrians.  Police have been instructed to keep close watch and make arrests if necessary.

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

1984
After existing as two separate newspapers for 66 years, the first issue of the San Antonio Express-News hits the newsstands.

September 4 in San Antonio history…

1888
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

1959
San Antonio attorney, Park Street, opens “The Perry Mason Room” in his offices in the National Bank of Commerce building.  Street, a good friend of Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason character, has also flown the cast of the television show in for the occasion.  Among furnishings in the Perry Mason room, said Street, are “a witness chair, color television, stereo music, a soft drink counter and every Perry Mason book ever written by Gardner, all autographed.”

1972
WOAI-TV debuts “4 Big News,” a full-hour newscast, featuring Gene Lively, Dave Margulies, Mike Henry and Martha Buchanan, the first woman in Texas to anchor a major weekday news program.