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June 5 in San Antonio history…

The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.

The University of Texas Graduate School opens at 4203 Woodcock in the Koger Executive Center.  Dr. Kenneth Ashmore, executive vice president of UTSA, said, “We’re approaching the first major objective of the institution and that is to open here.  The second objective is to open the main campus in September 1975.”

Comedian Robin Williams entertains at the Majestic Theater.


May 22 in San Antonio history…

The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.

Led Zeppelin plays the Convention Center Arena (right).

Fiesta Texas amusement park opens in northwest San Antonio.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone was laid for the new Beethoven Hall opposite the German-English school on South Alamo.

The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.

Sea World features Contemporary Christian artists Michael W. Smith and DC Talk.

March 14 in San Antonio history…

1930San Antonio Light photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News
Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street.  The Light‘s new plant will be one of the most modern in the country. [Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News]

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.

Closed mouths and cautious comments were the order of  the day today after The News reported exclusively that San Antonio is likely to be the new home of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. Roger Zeller, president of Columbia Industries and the only local man of the prospective group of buyers to be identified thus far, had no comment to make and was reluctant to admit a San Antonio group was bidding for the Chaps.

January 22 in San Antonio history…

A “deaf mute” who said, “that’s tough” when found guilty of vagrancy was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraud.

The first Corvette in San Antonio is delivered to Smith Motor Sales (right).

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.

November 21 in San Antonio history…

Bernice Lecompte, age 11, becomes the first San Antonio death attributed to an automobile after being struck at the corner of San Pedro and Elmira streets by a vehicle driven by W.B. Smith, the chauffeur of G.A.C. Halff.

President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are in San Antonio to dedicate the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He is assassinated in Dallas the following day.

Adela Navarro of the Texas Hispanic-American History Institute urged SADA commissioners to remove the statue of Ben Milam from Milam Park and restore the name to “El Campo Santo” and said that allowing commercial activity at the park would be a “desecration” to the people buried there.

October 20 in San Antonio history…

1899 >October 20 in San Antonio history...
The first automobile in San Antonio, an electric, arrived at Staacke Brothers today. However, the batteries did not arrive with the car so the first drive will have to wait.

1918 – World War I
Fredericksburg Road, one of the most prominent and oldest highways in the county, is to lose its German name and hereafter be called “Foch Highway.”  The county commissioners’ court yesterday afternoon, acting on a petition of property owners and residents along the road, entered an order making the change in name.

The George H. and Elizabeth Coates University Center is dedicated at Trinity University.

August 31 in San Antonio history…

The largest single piece of glass in the South is installed at Joske Bros.

1918 – World War I
John Ringling, circus owner, has proposed using African elephants in the reconstruction of France after the war due to the shortage of mules and horses.

“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1962, premieres at the Central Park Fox theater.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

It is reported in the newspapers that Sarah Maverick, daughter-in-law of Samuel Maverick and sister of Tom Frost, founder of Frost National Bank, has died at the age of 67.

Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

Young San Antonians 18 to 20 years old will become adults at the stroke of midnight tonight – the legal age of majority changes from 21 to 18 years old.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonians are preparing for the Daylight Savings time change tonight.  The San Antonio Light reports that there “will be no change in working hours, railroad train schedules or anything else.  People will rise early in the coolness of a summer morning, finish their work an hour earlier in the day, devote the remaining daylight hours to recreation or the planting of “war gardens” and save fuel and electricity by going to bed early at night.”

Four masked and armed bandits entered the San Antonio National Bank at noon today and escaped with $19,000.

The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.