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June 17 in San Antonio history…

1905
Fred Tolle, proprietor of the Stock Exchange saloon on Dolorosa street, and his phonograph are defendants in an injunction suit issued today by Fred Terrell and Sarah Hickman, owners of the Southern Hotel.    They claim that the phonograph “talks from early morning to late at night, or sings and whistles, rings bells, gives long band concerts” and reproduces the arrival and departures of passenger trains, causing disturbances to their hotel patrons.

1936joskes-air-conditioned-06171936
Mayor C.K. Quin, accompanied by city officials and dignitaries, dedicates the new air-conditioning system in Joske’s one day before their semi-annual sale.  The ceremony is broadcast live over radio station KTSA and the scissors used to cut the ribbon are the same scissors used in the official opening of the Dallas Centennial Exposition.
“Not only should this new Air-Conditioning prove a convenience for our patrons these hot days, but it should be so invigorating and healthful for us who work in Joske’s—that better service to our customers is a certainty,” said J.H. Calvert, President.

1976
The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

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June 10 in San Antonio history…

1948
The nickel pass of the bus rider was eliminated today by a 4-to-1 votes of the City Council.  Passes will be eliminated July 4, increasing fare for twice-daily riders in the first zone by 15 cents and 25 cents in the second zone.

1975
The Bee Gees make their only San Antonio appearance in Municipal Auditorium.  Revelation opens the show.

1976
The Joffrey Ballet of New York performs in San Antonio for the first time.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

1976
Lila Cockrell, the first woman mayor of the nation’s 10th largest city, swept to a second term yesterday, turning back the challenge of wealthy beer distributorJohn Monfrey by a hefty 19,000 vote margin.  It was 62,447 to 43,039.

1992
Jerry Tarkanian, percentage-wise the winningest coach in NCAA history, signed a three-year deal for a reported $600,000 per season to coach the San Antonio Spurs.  Red McCombs calls him “Tarkington” six times during the press conference – including the introduction.  His tenure as head coach would only last 20 games.  He was fired after starting with a 9-11 record.

1993
Ventriloquist Willie Tyler and Lester perform at Comedy Tonight.

April 9 in San Antonio history…

1900
A bicyclist narrowly avoided a collision with the Staacke automobile at the corner of Commerce and Alamo streets last night. The auto was going around Bull Bros. corner at 8 o’clock from Alamo Plaza and the cyclist was going around the same corner towards Alamo Plaza.  The cyclist managed to turn out of the way but he turned so short that he received a terrible fall on the pavement.

1976
President Gerald Ford visits San Antonio during his re-election campaign and infamously bites into a tamale without removing the husk. (right)  This is later humorously referred to as “The Great Tamale Incident.”

1978
George Gervin wins the NBA scoring title over David Thompson with a 63-point performance over the New Orleans Jazz.  “The Iceman” knew he had to score 58 points to win the title and, despite being double- and triple-teamed, managed to set a new franchise record.  He also set an NBA record for most points in a quarter with 33 in the second period.

February 5 in San Antonio history…

1877
The first passenger train leaves San Antonio bound for New York.  Military officers are aboard the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio train, nicknamed the “Sunset Route.”

1946
The Reverends Billy Graham and T. E. Wilson of Chicago are in San Antonio to speak at interdenominational Youth for Christ rallies.   They are speaking today at Jefferson and Tech high schools, tomorrow morning at Lanier and tomorrow night at a Youth for Christ rally in Boerne.  Thursday they will speak at Brackenridge High School and Friday at Alamo Heights.

1976
City Council instructed city staff today to investigate ways of removing the mini-monorail system from Hemisfair Plaza.  City Public Works Director Mel Sueltenfuss said the monorail, which has run only periodically since 1968, has received little use.
Also today, the City Council unanimously declared the Robt. E. Lee Hotel a public nuisance.  The declaration started in motion proceedings which could have the hotel at 111 W. Travis closed within three to four weeks.

December 12 in San Antonio history…

1946
Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie perform in the Library Auditorium on the East Side (now the Carver Center).

1965
San Antonio police urged officials of Harlandale and McCollum High Schools today to admonish parents to help fight the wave of vandalism that has swept both schools. Detective Henry Zunker said student rivalry between the two schools has “gotten completely out of hand and must be stopped.”

1976
Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.

September 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The National Guard officers from second lieutenants to brigadier generals of the First and Second Cavalry brigades went into training at Camp Stanley, Leon Springs this morning.

1960
“The Flintstones” premieres on ABC television affiliate KONO-TV Channel 12 at 7 p.m.  The primetime cartoon was created in color but broadcast in black & white until the third season. They are also sponsored by Winston cigarettes!

1976
The new 1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue is introduced by Red McCombs Rolls-Royce.  Allan G. Goldsmith, sales manager, explained that the auto now displayed in the showroom is a pre-production model which is being sent around to U.S. Rolls-Royce dealers in case anyone wants to order the exclusive automobile.  The Camargue retails for $90,000 ($385,000 in today’s money), requires a $30,000 down payment and has a 15-month waiting period.

1916 – SMW – 2003

August 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Recent reports from the Western Front have indicated that a new malady called “Spanish influenza” and “Flanders fever” has been causing much trouble in the German armies.  The allies have not suffered from this illness to any large extent but, among the German troops, entire companies have been put out of action.

1976
Elvis Presley plays the Convention Center Arena for his final San Antonio appearance.

1985
Four San Antonio movie theaters offer the complete Star Wars trilogy for $5 beginning today: Northwest, Galaxy, South Park Mall and Ingram Mall 6.

July 29 in San Antonio history….

1918 – World War I
Five Sisters of Divine Providence, teachers at Our Lady of the Lake college, declared their intentions to become citizens in front of Deputy Clerk A. I Campbell of the federal court this morning.  Three sisters are from Ireland, one from Prussia and one from Alsace.

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1976
An estimated 100,000 people turned out today for the grand opening of Windsor Park Mall, San Antonio’s largest enclosed regional shopping center.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

1882
Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

1918 – World War I
District Deputy Food Administration G. F. Taylor stated this morning that due to the numerous requests for more than the allotted 25 pounds of sugar for preserving purposes, another 25 pounds could be made available to families upon special permit from the food administration when the necessity for it is established.

1976
Tickets go on sale for the Elvis Presley concert scheduled for August 27 in the Convention Center Arena.  They are available only at the arena box office either in-person or by mail order and sell for $12.75, $10.25 and $7.75 including service charge..   Mail order tickets should be addressed to Elvis Presley, Box 6588, San Antonio, 78201. Enclosed should be a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a note stating how many tickets are needed and at what price, along with a money order for the amount. “There will be no telephone orders,” said Joe Miller of San Antonio Ticket Services.