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April 20 in San Antonio history…

1891
President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

1974
Chet Atkins performs at Convention Center Banquet Hall.

1986
Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver, Drew Pearson, turns in his resignation as weekend sportscaster on KENS-TV.  “He felt he couldn’t devote the time necessary to become a top-flight sports anchor,” Gary DeLaune explained after substituting for Pearson on the 5 p.m. news.

April 10 in San Antonio history…

1917
The Light has made arrangements through the San Antonio Gas and Electric Company to announce the result of tonight’s school board election as soon as it can he determined. This is to he done by flashing all the electric lights in the city. In the event the School Children ’s ticket is victorious the lights will he flashed once and if the Independent ticket wins the lights will be flashed twice. It is expected the result will be known at 8 o’clock or shortly after.

1931
The new African-American newspaper, the San Antonio Register, owned by Valmo C. Bellinger, publishes its first issue.

1974
Rev. Bob Harrington, “The Chaplain of Bourbon Street,” preaches a sermon at halftime of a critical playoff game between the Spurs and the Indiana Pacers (below).  “You’re going for your Pearl [beer] and I am talking about the pearly gates,” said Harrington.  The Spurs won, 102 -86.  “Bring Harrington to Indiana,” said one Spur as he left the court.  Harrington resumed preaching after the game and about 3,000 of the 12,304 spectators stayed to listen.
(Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)

March 13 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Vaudeville Theater, closed by police after the shooting of Ben Thompson and King Fisher two days ago, was reopened. Few people attended, however.

1917
A stolen automobile collided with a popcorn wagon at 12:10 o’clock this afternoon, badly damaging the latter vehicle. The automobile, a service car, was owned by Joe Krum, 1111 West Travis Street, and was being operated by Joe Page, 631 Mission Street. The latter stopped the car Avenue C and Third Street. Hardly had the chauffeur left the automobile when the thief bounded into it and rapidly drove away. The collision with a popcorn wagon on Avenue C, two blocks from the scene of the theft, brought the machine to a standstill.

1974
The file “Don’t Leave Go My Hand,” an adaptation of Arthur Roberson’s play, first produced in California in 1969, and directed by Vantile Whitfield, has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater.

 

February 26 in San Antonio history…

1883
The cornerstone of Paine (Travis Park) Methodist-Episcopal Church is laid.

1936
Amelia Earhart, famed woman flyer, in San Antonio for a visit, spiked rumors that she is planning another around-the-world flight.
(Despite her denial, she was in fact planning an around the world flight.  She left Oakland on May 21, 1937 and disappeared on July 2.)

1974
Rodney Allen Rippy, child star of commercials for Jack In The Box restaurants, comes to San Antonio on a promotional tour.  He is whisked by limousine from the airport to the Jack In The Box at Vance Jackson and Loop 410 for supper.

 

February 7 in San Antonio history…

1974
After being holed up at the Hilton Palacio del Rio for nearly a month waiting on a judge to rule on his trade from the Virginia Squires, George Gervin plays his first game as a San Antonio Spur at HemisFair Arena against the Utah Stars. Gervin started slowly, scoring only 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting from the field in San Antonio’s 86-83 loss to Stars in his first game.

1978VIA RTS
The Metropolitan Transit Authority begins using new RTS-II buses (right) on various routes in the city.  San Antonio is the second city in the US to obtain this type of bus.  121 buses are purchased and will be fully operational by March.

2010
Selena Gomez performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in the AT&T Center.

January 14 in San Antonio history…

1974
San Antonio drivers are dismayed as the speed limit drops to the federally-mandated 55 mph at one minute after midnight.  The limit will remain at the “double-nickel” until Congress lifts all federal speed limit controls in the November 28, 1995, National Highway Designation Act, returning all speed limit determination authority to the states effective December 8, 1995.

1977
The pilot episode of “Fantasy Island” premieres as a made-for-TV movie on KSAT 12. Guest starts include Bill Bixby, Hugh O’Brien, Sandra Dee, Tina Sinatra and a then-unknown Victoria Principal.

2010
The Balcones Heights shopping mall built as Wonderland Mall in 1960, renamed Crossroads Mall in 1987, changes its name again to “Wonderland of the Americas.”

January 3 in San Antonio history…

1947rigby
The San Antonio Junior College has announced plans for a 14-building campus if it obtains the arsenal site from government officials in July. Plans submitted show many of the buildings now being used by the government can be transferred to school use in one week.

1964
A month before their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the Beatles are shown on American television for the first time – on the Jack Paar Show at 9 p.m. on WOAI Channel 4.

1974
Gymnast Cathy Rigby debuts as Peter Pan in a World Premiere engagement at Convention Center Arena.

December 10 in San Antonio history…

1949
The Jefferson Mustangs defeat the Dallas Sunset Bison, 31-13, to win the state championship.

1974
On the 25th anniversary of the station, WOAI-TV changes their call letters to KMOL.

1996
In a move widely criticized by Spurs fans, head coach Bob Hill is fired by general manager Gregg Popovich.   David Robinson, who played for the first time since Oct. 11, said he didn’t agree with Hill’s ouster.“But it’s not my decision to make,” said Robinson, now is playing for his seventh coach since 1989-90. “Bob and I never had any problems. I liked his love of winning. He was meticulous. He did a great job.” Popovich takes over as head coach and loses his first game, 93-76, to the Phoenix Suns.  The loss dropped the Spurs to 3-16 for the season.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1926
San Antonio is destined to become the center of study and research for this entire section of the state as the result of the establishment of the Witte Memorial Museum in Brackenridge Park, according to Professor J.A. Pearce of the University of Texas.  Professor Pearce was the featured speaker at the formal opening of the museum today.

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In what is billed as the “Women’s World Boxing Championship,” 90-lb. Barbara Buttrick (right) from Yorkshire, England defeats Phyliss Kugler in a unanimous decision after six rounds.  Santiago Gutierrez knocked out Eloy Tellez in the eighth round of the 10-round main event at Municipal Auditorium.  Buttrick and Kugler were the first two women to be issued boxing licenses in the state of Texas.

1974
Elvis Presley makes his fifth San Antonio appearance and first since 1972, playing a concert in Hemisfair Arena.

 

August 3 in San Antonio history…

1974
Elvis Presley has scheduled a San Antonio concert for October 8 at the Convention Center Arena.  Tickets go on sale today at the Arena box office for $5, $7.50 and $10.  One must bring a cashier’s check, money order or cash and a self-addressed stamped envelope for the tickets to be mailed to you.  You may also mail your cashier’s check or money order and the self-addressed stamped envelope to San Antonio Ticket Service, P. O. Box 6588, San Antonio 78209.  Please indicate how many tickets you wish to purchase.

1974
After an 11-day prison break attempt, San Antonio drug kingpin Fred Carrasco is killed in a shootout at Huntsville.  Carrasco, Rodolfo Dominguez, and two hostages die in the attempt.  Another hostage, Prison Chaplain Rev. Joseph O’Brien, is wounded in the chest and left arm.  Two inmate hostages are also slightly wounded.

2003
Legendary sportswriter and TV sportscaster Dan Cook writes his final column for the San Antonio Express-News.  The column is entitled: 1952 – The Fat Lady Has Sung – 2003: “No regrets and no complaints after 51 years.”