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October 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Washer Brothers advertises Union Suits for the “long, short, stout and regular” – from $1.25 to $6.50.

1973
The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This service no longer exists.)

1980
Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

 

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October 20 in San Antonio history…

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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.

1900
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody brings his Wild West Show to the Alamo city. His troupe features three bands, Indians of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Araphoe tribes, United States Sixth cavalrymen, Tenth United States Colored Cavalry troops (Heroes of San Juan) and cowboys – including  three from the San Antonio area, Johnny France and Joe & Tony Esquivel.  The show begins at 2 p. m. and 8 p.m. today near the I. & G. N. depot.

1973
The George H. and Elizabeth Coates University Center is dedicated at Trinity University.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the new San Antonio National Bank building on Commerce street.

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Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)

1973
As a result of the energy crisis, the annual Windcrest Light-Up Christmas light display has been cancelled.  A daytime contest will be substituted, says Mrs. Robert Jenkins, sponsor of the event.  The city will still be installing lights downtown on schedule but a decision to turn them on will be made at a later date.

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.

 

July 27 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The control of preventable diseases in cities near army camps by Federal agents, assisted by men and women inspectors and the co-operation of local physicians, as a plan suggested to the authorities at Washington, was the subject of an interesting address led by Dr. W. B. Russ, at the luncheon meeting of the San Antonio Rotary Club today.

1961
A senate committee approved a bill which would close most Texas businesses on Sunday.

1973
Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Johnny Bush, Sammi Smith, El Curro and Gino Scorza entertain at the Menudo World Championship held at Raymond Russell Park.

June 29 in San Antonio history…

1904
Constable Charles Stevens and City Marshal Irvin praised the county’s new-fangled automobile for enabling them to reach the scene of a crime seven miles from the courthouse in just 40 minutes.

1917 -World War I
There are many “movie fans’’ at Camp Funston if the crowds that view the motion pictures shown by the Arm y  Y. M. C. A. can be taken as an indication. Pictures are shown every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night, just outside the “Y” building where a large screen and platform has been erected. The projector can be taken into the building after the show.

1973
Tom Nissalke, former coach of the ABA Dallas Chapparals and the NBA Seattle Supersonics, is named the first head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

 

May 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
General approval was expressed in congressional circles today over the selection of Major General Pershing to lead the first expeditionary force to France. Congressmen and senators who must provide the funds for the conduct cf the war were highly pleased that an officer of Pershing’s standing and experience had been chosen.

1973
Mike Vavala’s name is chosen from over 5,000 entries for suggesting the name of San Antonio’s new ABA basketball team: The San Antonio Spurs. He wins season tickets and a trip to the ABA playoffs.  The Aztecs was the second-most popular suggestion.

1995
The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
As the cabinet met today with President Wilson for the last time before the assembling of Congress Monday, the consensus of opinion was that the United States was about to actively enter into war with Germany. President Wilson now has before him, recommendations of his cabinet advisers and in a general way has secured the sentiment of the country.

1955
Television stars Nanette Fabray and Carl Reiner arrived for a visit in the Alamo City.  Miss Fabray and Reiner are to attend a Thursday luncheon at the Menger hotel to help launch a fund drive for the Santa Rosa hospital’s new children’s wing.

1973
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.

January 22 in San Antonio history…

1925
The State Legislature prepared to end Bexar County’s “five-minute divorce” system.

1933
Only in chasing criminals or in answering emergency calls will radio patrol cars be allowed to exceed a speed limit of 25 miles per hour in the future, according to an order issued today by Chief of Police Owen Kilday.

1947
“It’s A Joke, Son!,” the new film featuring Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn (the inspiration for the animated character Foghorn Leghorn) premieres at the Aztec Theater with in-person appearances from cast members Una Merkel and June Lockhart (later a star on TV shows “Lassie” and “Lost in Space.”)

1973
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.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

1906
The Chapel at Incarnate Word College (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

1973
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. finalizes the purchase of the San Antonio Express and News newspapers from Harte-Hanks

2013
The #10 Oregon Ducks defeat the University of Texas in Alamo Bowl XXI, 30-7.