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.
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.
Motown legends the Temptations and the Supremes perform together in Municipal Auditorium.
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.
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first ATM, or automatic teller machine.
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.
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.
The San Antonio Evening News publishes its first issue.
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.
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.
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.”)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.