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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.

November 22 in San Antonio history…

1867
The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

1910
Staacke Bros. places a newspaper advertisement announcing a sale on all “vehicles” – meaning carriages. From this point on, they will sell automobiles only.

1973Canon.Palmtronic_LE-81.2
Dillard’s offers the Canon Palmtronic LE-81 4-function electronic calculator for $89.95 just in time for Christmas shopping.
(That works out to $473.14 in 2013 dollars.)

November 9 in San Antonio history…

1856
A large train of United States camels pass down Commerce Street on their way to Camp Verde.

1963
Rev. R. Paul Soupiset, a San Antonio Methodist minister, posed as a hobo in Houston’s skid row for four days so he would be “better equipped to continue” his work.

1972 & 1973
Elton John plays Municipal Auditorium on this date in consecutive years.

November 5 in San Antonio history…

1868
The cornerstone of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is laid.  The church would be nicknamed “St. Joske’s” in the future because of the department store built around it.

1973
Today is moving day for the current staff of Metropolitan General Hospital, the $13.5 million, 250-bed module system hospital located at Brooklyn and McCullough and nearing completion. The staff is moving from temporary offices in the Tower Life Building to the new facility.

1990
Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.

October 10 in San Antonio history…

1963broadway
The Drifters, promoting their most recent single “On Broadway,” (right) play the Eastwood Country Club.  Also on the bill are Miss Wiggles, Curly Mays and Gatemouth Brown.

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

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.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

1891
Since the passing of the ordinance on August 4, there are now 16 licensed “bawdy houses” or brothels in the city.

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

1973
The city begins installing signs at intersections that are exceptions to the new state law permitting right turns on red lights that went into effect at midnight.  Right turns on red will be allowed at 642 intersections involving 2,300 approaches in San Antonio.

 

August 26 in San Antonio history…

1936
The city’s first parking meters arrive and are installed.

1937
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.”

1973
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.