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March 17 in San Antonio history…

1972
Sonny & Cher Bono, stars of the variety TV show “The Sonny & Cher Show (right),” appear at Municipal Auditorium.  The concert is presented by Joske’s and produced by Southwest Concerts, Inc.

1975
With a dream and an initial investment of $35,000, former priest Tom Adams begins making split-vamp, double-tie athletic shoes.  He names them Kaepa after his two daughters, Mikaela (nicknamed “Kae”) and (Pa)ula.

1977
Radio station KEXL goes off the air.

February 1 in San Antonio history…

1859
The Menger Hotel  holds its grand opening.

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Harry Houdini escapes from a straitjacket while suspended upside-down above the intersections of Crockett and Navarro streets downtown.

1975
Johnny Winter plays Municipal Auditorium.  Opening acts are Peter Frampton and the James Cotton Band.  Frampton would record his multi-platinum live album “Frampton  Comes Alive” on this tour a few months later.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

1968
The new Main Library building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.

1975
The American Basketball Association’s eighth annual All-Star game is played in Convention Center Arena.  The East team defeats the West, 151-124.  Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis is named the Most Valuable Player with 26 points, 11 assists and two steals.  His prize is $2,000 cash or a quarter horse named “Tough Julie.”  He chose the horse.  Unfortunately, “Tough Julie” died three weeks later.

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A small explosive blast, followed by a puff of brown smoke and a rousing round of applause signaled the official start of construction today of San Antonio’s new West Side Freeway.  Some 300 people gathered in Westover Hills just yards from Sea World of Texas’ Garden of Flags for the dedication of State Highway 151, its new official name.

 

November 27 in San Antonio history…

1936
Seventy-five years ago today, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records “Cross Road Blues” in the Gunter Hotel on Houston Street.  The song would later be notably covered by Cream featuring the guitar prowess of Eric Clapton.

1975
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

1980
The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio.

November 14 in San Antonio history…

1923
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of the (old) Majestic Theater.

1936
With science predicting that half of America will be living in trailers within the next 15 years, San Antonio was at the start of a record-breaking tourist season and the title “Highway gypsy capital of the U.S.”

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Waylon Jennings brings his Country & Western All-Star Show to Convention Center Arena, featuring his wife Jessi Colter, Tompall (Glaser) and the Outlaw Band, and Rusty Weir.  These performers, with Willie Nelson replacing Rusty Weir, would be featured on the album “Wanted!  The Outlaws” the following year.  This was the first country & western album to be certified platinum with sales of one million copies.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1896
The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.

1917
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their home opener at Alamo Stadium against the Charlotte Hornets in front of 12,325 fans.  The Wings win, 27-10.  However, the WFL folds in October.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill spurned pleas from a veterans organization that oak trees planted in front of the old post office by Teddy Roosevelt not be chopped down.

1975
Aerosmith, promoting their “Toys In the Attic” album, opens for ZZ Top in Convention Center Arena.

2002
San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio’s drinking water after a decades-long debate.

July 19 in San Antonio history…

1885
San Antonio began keeping weather statistics in 1885.  On this day in that year, the temperature dropped to 65 and it’s still the record low.

1968
Eric Burdon & the Animals play a concert in Municipal Auditorium with local bands The Yellow Payges and Sweet Smoke opening.

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their first home game at Alamo Stadium – an exhibition game against the Memphis Southmen.  The Wings win, 7-0.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

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The San Antonio newspapers feature plans for the new Poinsard complex (right), including an 18-story apartment tower, restaurants and a private club to be located on the grounds of the Ursuline Academy.  The plan never comes to fruition and is derisively referred to as “Poinsard’s Folly.”

1975
The American Basketball Association’s eighth annual All-Star game is played in Convention Center Arena.  The East team defeats the West, 151-124.  Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis is named the Most Valuable Player with 26 points, 11 assists and two steals.  His prize is $2,000 cash or a quarter horse named “Tough Julie.”  He chose the horse.  Unfortunately, “Tough Julie” died three weeks later.

1986
San Antonians are stunned when NASA’s space shuttle Challenger disintegrates one minute, thirteen seconds after launch.  It is the tenth flight of the Challenger.  Aboard the shuttle is Christa McAuliffe, winner of the “Teacher in Space” program.  There are no survivors.  Shuttle Commander Francis “Dick” Scobee and his wife, Virginia, were married in San Antonio in 1959.

 

November 27 in San Antonio history…

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Plans to make the commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of Sun Antonio and the proposed International Fair in 1918, the most representative celebration ever held in San Antonio or Texas were submitted by the committee on plan and scope to the Committee of One Hundred which is in charge of the affair, at a meeting held at the headquarters of the Fair in the Bedell building last night.  It was decided to hold the Fair in January, 1918, and to extend it over a period of about thirty days.

1886
The Mexican Pastores, or representations of the nativity of Christ, have commenced across the San Pedro. This religious rite is particularly interesting and novel to strangers.

1936
Seventy-nine years ago today, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson recorded “Cross Road Blues” in the Gunter Hotel on Houston Street.  The song would later be notably covered by Cream featuring the guitar prowess of Eric Clapton.

1975
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.