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August 16 in San Antonio history…

1947
A complete change in the admistration and personnel of Robert B. Green hospital was recommended today by a seven-doctor committee from the Bexar County Medical Association. The group said the decline of the hospital from one of the best to an unaccredited status is due to neglect, indifference and incompetence.

1973
The San Antonio Light reports that many “with-it” San Antonians are anxiously awaiting the opening of Jim Hasslocher’s newest $1 million restaurant, The Magic Time Machine, on the former site of the Golden Derrick, off 410 near Nacogdoches road.  The restaurant “will feature discotheque music with an ‘in-person’ dee-jay at console, magic arts at tables performed by lovely Frances Willard, daughter of  the great Willard the Wizard. Piece-de-resistance items will also include prime steaks and drinks.”

1975
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the alligator gardens at Brackenridge Park will be closing within the next two weeks.  George Kimbrell, who captured the alligators himself and has operated the garden for the last 23 years, will donate the alligators to the Alligator Gardens of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

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July 29 in San Antonio history…

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1973
A supergroup made of of guitarist Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice play Municipal Auditorium.  The opening act is Spooky Tooth, featuring lead singer Gary “Dream Weaver” Wright and future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones.

1976
An estimated 100,000 people turned out today for the grand opening of Windsor Park Mall, San Antonio’s largest enclosed regional shopping center.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

1957
The Corpus Christi Times newspaper announces that local car salesman, Billy J. “Red” McCombs, 29, has been appointed by the sales manager of the Houston district of the Ford Motor Company to be the local Edsel dealer in that city.   The new Edsel automobiles will arrive on September 4 at his dealership located at 334 South Chaparral Street.

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.

1979
Anita Ward brings her recent #1 song “Ring My Bell” to the Convention Center Arena, opening for Con-Funk-Shun.

July 8 in San Antonio history…

1917
The gradual elimination of horses and their replacement by motors in all city departments where feasible, is the aim of Mayor Bell. Under this plan no more fire horses will be purchased, but instead motor-driven apparatus will be provided as soon as the horses now in use die or become incapacitated. “It is not our intention to motorize the department at once,” said Mayor Bell, “but instead of buying m ore horses we will purchase tractors or small motor trucks as they may be needed. I believe this will materially increase the efficiency of the department and the cost, in the long run, will be less. In other departments I hope to see motors replace horses, where this is feasible.”

1969
Details for a proposed commercial super airport for the San Antonio area were revealed today by John Gatti, representing the Research and Planning Council (RPC) at a meeting of the Alamo Area Council of Governments.  “Unless we act now,” Gatti said, “Bexar County will be left by the wayside.”

1973
Frost Bros. introduces a charge card and a computerized billing system.

June 5 in San Antonio history…

1969
The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.

1973
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.”

1982
Comedian Robin Williams entertains at the Majestic Theater.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

1846
The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.

1973
Led Zeppelin plays the Convention Center Arena (right).

1992
Fiesta Texas amusement park opens in northwest San Antonio.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1895
The cornerstone was laid for the new Beethoven Hall opposite the German-English school on South Alamo.

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.

1991
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]

1956
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.

1973
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…

1915
A “deaf mute” who said, “that’s tough” when found guilty of vagrancy was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraud.

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

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.

November 21 in San Antonio history…

1907
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.

1963
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.

1973
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.