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.
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.
City councilman Henry Cisneros, 29, is sworn in as mayor pro-tempore. He is the youngest mayor in the city’s history.
The Olmos Dam is dedicated and opened to traffic.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches a patron at Earl Abel’s for calling him a communist.
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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.
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.”
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.
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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.
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first automatic teller machine (ATM).
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.
The first Folklife Festival opens on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures. 7,546 people attend on opening day.
After existing as two separate newspapers for 66 years, the first issue of the San Antonio Express-News hits the newsstands.
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.
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.”
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.
Randolph Field is dedicated in front of 20,000 San Antonians and visitors. Brig. Gen. Frank P. Lahm, commander of the Air Corps Training Center, called it “the best site I have ever seen for a flying field.” Texas Governor Dan Moody was forced to scramble from his car when it caught fire leaving the event but the auto was quickly extinguished by nearby firemen.
The Eagles make their first appearance in San Antonio, opening for Jethro Tull at Convention Center Arena.
Terms of the public schools of San Antonio will close at noon today and 23,000 pupils will be released from study work for play. The school term that closes today was one of the most successful in the history of San Antonio public schools and marked the opening of the new $300,000 Brackenridge High School, one of the most modern in the country.
San Antonio’s school board vots to abolish free summer schools, putting summer enrollment on a tuition basis.
Sunken Garden Theater features a concert by Cat’s Cradle, the Royal Jesters, Denim, and Janus.
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J. M. Cook, a civilian, employed as a pumper at station No. 3, Camp Stanley, was shot in the left side of the face at 11 o’clock last night by an unidentified person who fired a revolver through a knothole in the pumphouse. An automobile was seen to leave the vicinity of the pumphouse at high speed immediately after the shot was fired. The bullet lodged in Mr. Cook’s jaw.
Final plans and specifications for initial buildings, site development and utility distribution system at the new University of Texas at San Antonio were approved by UT regents today. Plans cover seven buildings encompassing 7000,000 gross square feet of floor space at an estimated cost of $36,522,000.