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January 14 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio drivers are dismayed as the speed limit drops to the federally-mandated 55 mph at one minute after midnight. The limit remained at the “double-nickel” until Congress lifted all federal speed limit controls in the November 28, 1995, National Highway Designation Act, which returned all speed limit determination authority to the states effective December 8, 1995.

Joe Gomez is featured in the San Antonio Express with the Volkswagen he built at his ornamental iron works business at 1449 Culebra Road.  He spent almost three months on the  VW body that features over 1,000 leaves, stems and flowers and weighs 208 pounds. Gomez says he will use the Bug (right) for a rolling advertisement for his business.

The Balcones Heights shopping mall built as Wonderland Shopping City in 1960 and renamed Crossroads Mall in 1987, changes its name again to “Wonderland of the Americas.”

December 30 in San Antonio history…

The Chapel at Incarnate Word College (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

KONO radio holds “The Annual KONO Radio Drunkathon.”  KONO disc jockey Michael Black drinks than a half dozen one-ounce shots of hard liquor in the presence of a San Antonio police officer to illustrate how easy it is to become legally intoxicated. He undertook the experiment as an example of what can happen to a drunk and why who drink New Year’s Eve shouldn’t drive.  After seven drinks, he is declared legally intoxicated and pulled off the air.  He took his own advice and was chauffeured home.

The Milam Diner (right), a downtown fixture, closes after 79 years.

December 21 in San Antonio history…

The first Fair of the Agricultural and Industrial Association of Western Texas is opened.

San Antonio receives nearly three inches of snow, a fraction of the snowfall in Central Texas.  The town of Clifton receives 24 inches, still the greatest amount of snow ever to fall in Texas.

Southwestern Bell raises the price of a pay phone call from 10 cents to 20 cents statewide.  The 10 cent rate had been in effect since 1957.

December 7 in San Antonio history…

During the Siege of Bexar, a Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Verimendi Palace. Two others die in the assault.

Dr. Earl King Gill, Texas A&M University’s “12th Man,” dies at age 74 and is buried in Mission Burial Park South.

San Antonio receives a surprise snowfall of two inches.  This is the most snow to fall on the Alamo City since 1985.

November 29 in San Antonio history…

The first game of soccer is played in San Antonio at San Pedro Park.

HEB opens their first “Futuremarket” concept store at Wurzbach and IH-10.

The temperature drops to a frigid 21 degrees.  This is still a record low for the date and for the month of November in San Antonio.

September 27 in San Antonio history…

A federal judge is keeping Lyndon Johnson’s name off the ballot until alleged voter fraud in Jim Wells, Duval and Zapata counties can be examined.

John Russell “Hondo” Crouch, self-proclaimed mayor and “clown prince” of Luckenbach, passes away at the age of 60.

The three-day First International Mariachi Conference begins today at El Mercado and the Arneson River Theater.

September 14 in San Antonio history…

A “hammer-like” gust of wind topples a wall of the partially-demolished Household Furniture Building at St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets, injuring six people, scattering debris over Commerce Street and shattering the doors of the Alamo Bank Building nearby.

A Southern Pacific train derails on a trestle near Macdona and dumps 42,000 gallons of highly toxic sulfuric acid into the Medina River.  The acid wipes out much of the river’s fish.   Within a day of the spill, railway officials add lime to the river in a move to neutralize the acid but add too much and compound the problem.  State game and fish officials estimate the monetary loss of the fish alone at $119,808.40.

The newly renovated Majestic Theater reopens with a combined performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the San Antonio Symphony and the Mastersingers.  This marks the beginning of the Symphony’s 50th season.

August 31 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio schools add a twelfth year to the high school curriculum.  Previously, school ended after 11th grade.

“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1962, premieres at the Central Park Fox theater.

After 17 years of planning, battling and waiting, the end is in sight for completion of the North Freeway, now officially named the W.W. McAllister Freeway. The last section extends from Sandau Road on the south to north of Bitters Road on the north, a distance of some two or three miles. Construction on this final section should begin in five to six months and should be completed in about 18 months, according to Mal Steinberg, highway department consultant.

July 29 in San Antonio history…

The electrically lighted archways over Houston Street are extinguished and will be lit no more.

The polio ban imposed by the city health department on May 11 was lifted today on recommendation of the department’s epidemiological committee.

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 21 in San Antonio history…

Thomas “Fats” Waller plays a concert in the Colored Library Auditorium.

The city health department turned down the San Antonio Country Club’s request to open their pool.  The department stated that more adults are becoming polio victims than in previous epidemics and all pools in the city should remain closed.

Southwest Airlines opens San Antonio International Airport’s first ground level jetway gate.