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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.

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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.

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.

June 20 in San Antonio history…

1918 
Albert Friedrich places this advertisement in the San Antonio newspapers offering his horn and curio collection for sale.

1930
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.

1972
The Eagles make their first appearance in San Antonio, opening for Jethro Tull at Convention Center Arena.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

1918 
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.

1924
San Antonio’s school board vots to abolish free summer schools, putting summer enrollment on a tuition basis.

1972
Sunken Garden Theater features a concert by Cat’s Cradle, the Royal Jesters, Denim, and Janus.

February 4 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
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.

1972
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.

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Solo Serve holds their final liquidation sale and closes after 80 years in business.

December 4 in San Antonio history…

1899
The city is given the gift of present-day Brackenridge Park by George W. Brackenridge.

1917 – World War I
Sergeant H. H. Mitchell’s civilian rifle squad will take a fling at the sharpshooter and expert rifleman course at Leon Springs next Thursday morning, according to an announcement from the custodian of the municipal rifle range.

1972
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.

October 10 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Ed Raymond, manager of the Majestic Theater, established a record today for the sale of Liberty Bonds in Bexar County which it is believed will stand as a record for any part of Texas.  He sold twenty-four fifty-dollar bonds in just twenty-four minutes and declared he could have kept up the pace had he not exhausted his list of customers.  Every bond buyer is a patron of the theater and the two dozen patriotic men and women did not hesitate to make a purchase when asked if they wanted to subscribe to the war fund.

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

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.

 

September 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Men from every section of Texas and Oklahoma slept at Camp Travis last night. Special trains have poured their thousands into the great training cantonment for four days, and by nightfall approximately 17,270 men of the second draft call had responded.

1960
North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410. (above)
(photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News “From the Vault” blog)

1972
President Nixon and the First Lady make a brief appearance in San Antonio at the airport before flying back to Washington today.  President Nixon made appearances in several South Texas cities on a two-day campaign tour.

September 7 in San Antonio history…

1921
Rain began falling 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.

1924
Ceremonies dedicating St. Mary’s Church completed at a cost of $250,000 were conducted by Rev. A.J. Drossaerts, bishop of San Antonio.  (The original church was heavily damaged in the 1921 flood.)

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…

1813
The Spanish royalist army under Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo is victorious at the Battle of Medina south of San Antonio. Gen. Arredondo’s forces enter San Antonio two days after the battle and inflict punishment on the civilian population. 700 of the citizens are imprisoned, eighteen die of suffocation out of 300 in one house; the remainder are shot.

1917 – World War I
One hundred tons of food a day will be required to feed the 46,000 men of the National Army who will be mobilized at Camp Travis in September. That is the estimate given out by Capt. J. H . Dickey of the School for Bakers and Cooks at Fort Sam Houston.

1972
Trinity University ceases football scholarships