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August 2 in San Antonio history…

1928
Bexar Country today boasted its first woman sheriff. Mrs. Matilda Stevens, widow of Sheriff James Stevens, who died last night, was appointed to fill his unexpired term by the Commissioners Court.

1968
The Jolly Jack restaurant holds its grand opening at 4318 Broadway, offering free soft drinks and free pirate hats. (right)

1974
Laura Garcia and Karen Sheppard are the first two women to graduate from the San Antonio Police training academy.

 

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April 3 in San Antonio history…

1883 
The weekly San Antonio Evening Light is discontinued and, under new management, the first issue of the San Antonio Daily Light newspaper rolls off the printing press.

1939
The World Champion New York Yankees, featuring Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig, play the San Antonio Missions at Tech Field.  The Bronx Bombers win, 9-2.

1974 
The Happy Jazz Band and the Landing move from the Nix Building to the river level of the Stockman Restaurant.

February 7 in San Antonio history…

1938
Longtime San Antonio disk jockey Bruce Hathaway is born to Wilbur and Florence Hathaway of 603 Bandera Road. (right)

1969
The Beach Boys perform at Municipal Auditorium.  Opening acts are San Antonio favorites Rene & Rene and a band from Detroit known as the Bob Seger System.

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.

February 6 in San Antonio history…

1927
Another hotel of 12 stories and basement will be built in San Antonio immediately. To be known as the Blue Bonnet, the 200-room structure will be constructed at St. Mary’s and Pecan at a cost of $1,708,500.

1949
Balcones Heights, which incorporated November 13, elected Clyde Crews mayor (right) and John Casper, city marshal.

1974
George Gervin, the fourth leading scorer in the ABA with a 25.3 average, is now a San Antonio Spur—for at least 10 days. U.S. District Judge Adrian Spears ruled today that Gervin cannot play for any other team in the ABA during the next 10 days. Judge Spears stressed that he did not rule that Gervin had to play for S.A. His ruling meant only that if Gervin is to play in the ABA in the next 10 days, it had to be for the Spurs. Shortly after Spears made his decision about 4:30 p.m., the Spurs held a news conference which Gervin attended. They announced that the 6-7, 180-pound sharpshooter would wear jersey No. 44 and play for the Spurs tomorrow night in the Convention Center Arena against the Utah Stars.

February 1 in San Antonio history…

1873 
The first English Cricket Club in San Antonio is established.

1901
The Southern Pacific Depot (Sunset Station) rail station, built at a cost of $115,000, opens to the public today.

1974
The internationally revered Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima comes to San Antonio for the first time and is displayed at the Holy Family Catholic Church at 152 Florencia.

 

January 3 in San Antonio history…

1909
Prentice Newman, the San Antonio mechanic who invented the fourth aeroplane to be tried in this country, soared to a height of 70 feet above the ground yesterday.  The machine, towed by an automobile, crashed after the tow rope broke but Newman was uninjured.

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 (right) debuts as Peter Pan in a World Premiere engagement at Convention Center Arena.

December 10 in San Antonio history…

1912
The city’s first F.W. Woolworth & Co. store opens at the corner of  Houston & Alamo streets (right).

1971
Savoy Brown, Atomic Rooster and Chicken Shack play a concert in Municipal Auditorium.

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

December 2 in San Antonio history…

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At 10 a.m. sharp, the doors to Municipal Auditorium are opened and San Antonians rush in to see “the new Ford” – the Model A – first new Ford model in 15 years.  By noon, five-thousand have seen the new phaeton and the two-door sedan, with 5,000 more predicted to see the cars before the doors close late tonight.

1974
The Victoria Lounge at 136 W. Durango was destroyed at about 8 a.m. when one of three Southern Pacific boxcars rolled down a grade and crashed into the building. No one was in the lounge at the time of the accident.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt.  He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

September 24 in San Antonio history…

1896
The city brewery is repairing several blocks of River [now Broadway] on its own account since the street was so full of holes their big wagon could not get out.

1918 – World War I
Col. Alexander Weatherill, chief of staff of the 18th division, Camp Travis, contradicts an Associated Press report from Washington that states that there is influenza in Camp Travis, saying, “Such [a] report is not only not substantiated by facts, but is positively dangerous to the morale of the camp.”

1974
“Thunder” is selected from over 1,500 entries for San Antonio’s new North American Soccer League team.  Mike Boyle is named General Manager of the team.  He was previously GM of the San Antonio Brewers.

August 3 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Because of the war, the National League baseball season of 1918 will end no later than September 2.  Immediately afterward, the winning club will participate in a world series with the American League pennant winners, provided that arrangements for such a contest can be made.

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.

1987
Miss Metroplex, Courtney Ann Gibbs, 20, is crowned Miss Texas-USA in the Municipal Auditorium.  The pageant is televised live to more than six million viewers statewide. Miss Bedford, Gretchen Polhemus, is second runner up and would not only win Miss Texas-USA two years later but go on to be crowned Miss USA.