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November 27 in San Antonio history…

The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

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

For the first time in the history of the event, heavy rain forces the cancellation of the Holiday River Parade after it begins.  Twelve floats made it down the river before the cancellation. Earlier in the evening, the 10,000 lights on the 55-foot white fir in Alamo Plaza were turned on.  The tree is decorated with silver and black ornaments as a tribute to the Spurs.

October 28 in San Antonio history…

After five months of work, the owners of the Milam Cafeteria announce the opening of another cafeteria in the Central Building at 313 W. Houston Street (right).

City Council today approved final plans for San Antonio’s planned $8 million Convention Center.

The rock band Rush plays their first concert in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo. Heyoka opens the show.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

The State Department has instructed Ambassador to Spain Willard to obtain a copy of the original charter of San Antonio granted by King Ferdinand VI in 1773.

The Ace in the Hole band, featuring singer George Strait, plays their first concert – just up the road at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos.

September 2 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio and Aransas Pass railway directors took out building permits to erect a passenger depot, car shops, a round house and a freight depot at a cost of $10,000.

William “Bill” Steinhardt, owner of the Crockett Automobile Company, stages “the most spectacular new car introduction in the South” when he presents the new Jordan Automobile line at Municipal Auditorium (right).  Special guests include Edward S. “Ned” Jordan, President of the Jordan Motor Car Company; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Seena Owen; famous Mexican composer, Señor Alfonso Esparza Oteo.

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

July 26 in San Antonio history…

C. J. Crampton, general manager of the chamber of commerce, tells the polio committee that he believes San Antonio is on the way to becoming the first fly-free city in the United States.  “I think the day might come that when a person sees a fly he will call the health department, the same as when he sees a fire he calls the fire department.”  (Most believed at the time that the polio virus was spread by flies and mosquitoes.)

The Texas Special No. 1 pulls into the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot on S. Flores street at 6:45, ten minutes ahead of schedule, and that ends passenger service at the Katy Depot.  Among the passengers was I. L. Langowski, who rode the first train to leave the station on Sept. 1, 1917.

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.

May 19 in San Antonio history…

Two new cases of polio were reported in the city last night, bringing the total to 21 confirmed cases, as the polio epidemic rages on.  Health Board Chairman, Dr. P. I. Nixon, stated, “In the normal course of events we can expect a sprinkling of new cases for the next week or 10 days, after which they should taper off if our control measures are as effective as we hope they will be.”

An eight-person committee blasted the San Antonio City Council’s plan to red-stamp books in the public library written by authors known to have some sort of Communist party affiliation.  The group’s resolution states that “destruction of the library has usually been preceded by censorship, book burning and branding.  This is followed by suppression of newspapers, freedom of speech, thought, religion and press – and the destruction of capitalism and free enterprise.”

Nearly two months before the release of their second eponymous LP, Anglo-American band Fleetwood Mac, featuring new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (right), play a concert in Municipal Auditorium.
(Photo courtesy of Feeding The Pig Antiques and Historical Photo Galleries.)


May 2 in San Antonio history…

The chapel at the Concepcion Mission, as repaired, is rededicated to our Lady of Lourdes by Bishop Neraz.

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

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 20 in San Antonio history…

The Mission Broadcasting company of San Antonio today asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to change the frequency of radio station KONO from 1400 to 860 kilocycles and to increase the power from 250 watts to 1000 watts at night and 5,000 watts during the day.  (The change would not take effect until August 30, 1948)

British band Queen makes their first and only appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium.  Kansas opens the show despite the newspaper ad stating the opening acts are Brownsville Station and Al Stewart.

Work begins on Convention Plaza, a TriParty project that closes Alamo and Losoya between Market and Commerce streets, slowing traffic to an average speed of 1 mph.  Commerce Street is reduced to two lanes from Alamo to about a half- block east.  A police officer doing his best to direct the snail’s pace traffic at Losoya said the traffic was the worst he had seen at the intersection.  “I’ve been out here since 10 in the morning,” the officer said.  “This is pretty bad.  Just wait till we have a Spurs game.”

January 28 in San Antonio history…

The city council passes an ordinance leasing the old water board office building on W. Market from the water board at a cost of $1 for a period of 10 years.  The building will be used by the library.

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 “Tuff Julie.”  He chose the horse.  Unfortunately, “Tuff Julie” wasn’t so tough.  She died three weeks later.

The Light goes out.  Unable to find a buyer, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication after 112 years serving San Antonio (right).

December 20 in San Antonio history…

A new iron flagpole, 100 feet high and cast by Alamo Iron Works, will replace the wooden flagpole at the Upper Post at Ft. Sam Houston.  The price paid was $430.  The old wooden pole to be taken down is about seventy-five feet high and was reinforced with guy wires but it is considered dangerous.

The San Antonio Light and Gazette reprints Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter (right) that originally appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.  “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

The fire department begins purchasing all new vehicles in lime green paint instead of red.