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July 29 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Congressional approval for the purchase of 16,663 acres of land adjoining the Leon Springs military reservation is now virtually assured, according to news dispatches received Saturday from Washington. This project, first suggested by Col. Harry L. Rogers, now with the expeditionary forces in France has been recommended by the War Department and is now before the appropriations committee of the House, which has indicated it will make an early and favorable report.

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.

2003
The Dixie Chicks play to a near-capacity crowd at the SBC Center amid cheers and boos for a controversial remark about President Bush on March 10 in London.

July 28 in San Antonio history…

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The Texas Theater shows its first “talkie” motion picture and the first from Paramount Studios – “Warming Up,” featuring Richard Dix.

1931
Approval of the designation of the present Post Cemetery at Fort Sam Houston as an addition to the San Antonio National Cemetery has been granted by the War Department, according to word received at the Eighth Corps Area today. The new cemetery is on the east side of the Austin road immediately south of Dodd Field, and is on a hill overlooking the city. The section along the highway will be maintained as a park. The San Antonio National Cemetery is east of the city, adjacent to the city cemeteries.

1969
Work begins on the restoration of old Hangar 9 at Brooks Air Force Base.  Originally created as a temporary structure in 1917, the hangar is the oldest existing aircraft hangar at any U.S. Air Force Base.  The hangar will become a museum dedicated to the late astronaut Edward H. White.

1976
The F-15 Eagle makes its first appearance at Kelly AFB on a flight from Luke AFB in Arizona.   The San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly welcomed the Eagle.

July 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With the draft completed the formation of the National army now awaits the calling out of the quotas required from each registration district. It has been estimated that this will approximate 7 percent of the registration but certain allowances are to be made and each board will receive notice of the exact number of men it will be expected to supply.  It has been estimated that San Antonio and Bexar County will be required to furnish about 1,000 men in the National Army. This probably will be subject to some reduction as a credit for the volunteers obtained in this community but assuming that 1,000 is the number required each board will send out notices for just twice the number of its quota.

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San Antonio’s 10-year experiment with minor league football ends as the Toros franchise folds.  The Toros played in the Texas League, the Continental and Trans-American leagues and amassed a 94-17 record.

1996
Gloria Estefan brings her “Destiny” tour to the Alamodome, two weeks before performing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics closing ceremonies.

 

July 10 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The government is spending about $30,000 installing a new telephone system for Fort Sam Houston and for the cantonment quarters for the National Army at Camp Wilson. Work has been started on the installation of the new switchboard and exchange for Fort Sam Houston, which will supply 750 lines in addition to the trunk lines of the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone
Company connecting with its main exchange in the city.

1976
The Light reports that President Ford has decided to continue the mass swine flu immunization campaign this fall.

1977
Two security guards prevented a man from jumping to his death from the Tower of the Americas. The elevator operator notified the guards because the man “acted suspiciously.”

June 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Camp Kelly, the aviation field south of San Antonio, is to be enlarged to a reservation of nearly 2,500 acres and between 20,000 and 30,000 men of the aviation section are to be stationed there, according to J. H. Kirkpatrick and C. B. Fowler who returned Saturday night from a conference with War
Department officials in Washington.

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The official city seal of Alamo Heights went on public display today (right).  The seal was adopted after a city-sponsored contest last fall. The winner was Charles Chambers, a student at the Littlehouse School of Art.

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

May 9 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With 1250 men reporting to the Leon Springs camp Monday and 250 more reporting up to noon yesterday, there was time for little else but receiving and assigning them to companies, issuing supplies and like routine.  Rain was falling but this did not prevent men in the companies from practicing drills by squads and otherwise familiarizing themselves with the rudiments of the soldier’s art.

1965
KBER’s Grand Old Opry Show plays Municipal Auditorium with performances by Rusty & Doug (Kershaw), Connie Smith, David Houston, Willie Nelson, George Jones and headliner Roger Miller (who married San Antonian Leah Kendrick in 1964.)

1976
CIA Director George Bush told a Trinity University audience yesterday he would withhold sensitive information from Congress if he were certain the information would be leaked to the public.

 

April 29 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Departing from a traditional policy formed at its inception, the Republic will raise its army of 2,000,000 men by selective conscription. The draft army bill passed both House and Senate shortly before midnight; the House by 397 to 24, and the Senate by 81 to 8.

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Demolition is begun on the State Theater on the northwest corner of Flores and Houston streets (right). This theater was originally named the Majestic and opened in 1913.   Acts such as  Mae West, The Marx Brothers and Houdini all appeared there. The name was changed to the State when the current Majestic Theater was constructed in 1929.

1976
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas announce that a 49-year old plaque honoring Clara Driscoll was stolen “about a month ago” off the face of the Alamo where it had been relocated earlier this year.  Thieves were able to pry the plaque loose despite it having been anchored with bolts six inches deep in the stone wall.  The DRT notified police about the missing plaque but there had been no publicity, except a tiny classified newspaper ad saying: “Lost. Clara Driscoll plaque from the Alamo. Finder return. No questions asked.”

April 9 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Austria-Hungary, under pressure from Germany, has severed diplomatic relations with the United States.

1970
The San Antonio City Council votes to rename San Pedro Tennis Courts to McFarlin Tennis Center.

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.”

March 3 in San Antonio history…

1957
To avert the threat of a bus strike, a new fare structure goes into effect today and the sale of bus tokens is eliminated.  Outstanding tokens will continue to be honored until March 15.

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The world-famous “Taj Mahal” at Randolph Air Force Base (right) is now an official state historical landmark.

1986
The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes.  It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.

February 11 in San Antonio history…

1922
Miss Julia Grothaus, a native San Antonian and a graduate of the School of Library Science, University of Illinois, had been appointed assistant librarian of the Carnegie Public Library.

1976
The American Freedom Train arrives in San Antonio for a four-day visit to celebrate the Bicentennial.

1993
Country music superstars (Kix) Brooks and (Ronnie) Dunn perform at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.