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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.

 

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.