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September 10 in San Antonio history…

1886
Geronimo, along with 26 other members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, is brought to Ft. Sam Houston after his surrender in Mexico.  He will be held here for about six weeks before being sent to Ft. Pickens in Pensacola, Florida

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After thirty hours of isolation, it is reported that 1,000 to 3,000 people are dead from the massive hurricane that struck Galveston (right).  Four thousand buildings are reported destroyed, scores of vessels in the harbor are wrecked, cisterns are polluted with seawater and the city is in total darkness.

1975
Casa de Sol, a halfway house located at 321 Frio City Road for people with a “drinking problem,” is dedicated today at 2 p.m.  The project, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, was begun to help troubled individuals “stay off the bottle.”

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September 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War One
At 9:30 this morning, the first twelve men called from Bexar County, called into service in the National Army, met at the City National Bank, headquarters of Division 5 of the national exemption board.  After their enlistment, the men were allowed to depart, reporting again at noon and receiving the meal ticket provided by the government.  At 2:30 p.m.,  they were loaded onto a truck and carried to Camp Travis to begin basic training.

1975
Robert Heyges, one of the stars of the new television show “Welcome Back Kotter,” visits San Antonio today to promote the show.  Co-starring with comedian Gabriel Kaplan, Hegyes plays the role of Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Hauvos Epstein, a Puerto Rican Jew who comes from a large family and is a remedial academic student, called a “sweathog” by other students.  The show will premiere on KSAT Channel 12 at 7:30 Tuesday (Sept. 9).

2000 
The mercury reaches 111 degrees – the hottest day in San Antonio history (right).

September 2 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1917
The grimness of war was forgotten tonight when 3,000 uniformed men and an equal number of their ladies danced and promenaded for several hours in Travis Military park and on roped off sections of Pecan and Jefferson.

1975
Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

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Longtime San Antonio country & western radio station KBUC 107.5 FM switches formats to become a Spanish music station with call letters KZVE.  Well-known KBUC d.j.’s Bruce Hathaway, Ron Houston and Max Gardner are terminated, along with the rest of the staff.

August 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
“So far as this office is concerned, saloons within half a mile of the Arsenal are closed and will remain closed for the duration of the war.” This was the comment made Wednesday at the office of the United States district attorney on efforts being made to reopen these saloons since the company of guardsmen at the Arsenal has been replaced with regulars.

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.

1977
San Antonians mourned the death of singer Elvis Presley, who died at age 42 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

June 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A second training camp for reserve officers will be held at Leon Springs, near San Antonio, Texas, beginning August 27. This information was given out by the War Department this afternoon.

1965
San Antonian Ed White becomes the first astronaut to “walk” in space when he opens the hatch of his Gemini 4 capsule and floats outside.

1975
The Rolling Stones perform at Convention Center Arena, the first of two consecutive sold-out shows.

May 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The St. Anthony Hotel offers a “Khaki Night” of “Music, Dancing and Happiness” on their roof garden.  Cover charge is $1.50 and soldiers are specifically invited to wear their khaki uniforms.

1927
The Texas Theater shows a one-night-only sneak preview of “Wings,” starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, before the official world premiere at the Criterion Theater in New York on August 12.  The motion picture was filmed in and around San Antonio and would win the first “Best Picture” Academy Award.

1975
Nearly two months before the release of their second eponymous LP, Anglo-American band Fleetwood Mac, featuring new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, play a concert in Municipal Auditorium.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Only 130 more men are required this morning to complete the list of 2,500 who are to be given training as reserve officers at the Leon Springs camp. 487 men were added yesterday and the list is expected to be complete by tonight.

1940
Los Angeles Heights is the first suburb incorporated into the city.

1975Gene-Frenkel
Blue Öyster Cult makes their first appearance in San Antonio, between Bloodrock and headliner Trapeze, in the Municipal Auditorium.  Cowbell player Gene Frenkel (right) does not appear.

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.