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December 30 in San Antonio history…

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The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed (right).  It will probably be opened to the public in early January as soon as all the furniture is installed.  The bandstand contains San Antonio’s first “comfort station” (public restroom). “The basement, in which the comfort station is located, has a tile floor and ample sewer connections for the purpose to which it will be devoted. One room will be fitted up with first-aid appliances and it is proposed to have a nurse there so that persons injured or overcome while downtown can be given temporary dressings or treatment.”

1976
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 t o 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.

1983
The temperature drops to 9 degrees, a record low for the date.

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December 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio native Edgar G. Tobin is promoted to First Lieutenant.

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.

1980
The new headquarters of San Antonio Savings is nearing completion at Loop 410 and San Pedro Avenue.  It is due to open at the end of the month.

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The arrival of a special train bearing 300 recruits for the national army from Oklahoma enlivened the routine of Camp Travis this morning and for a while presented a problem to the army officers in charge. Somewhere en route the Oklahomans had obtained a plentiful supply of liquor and had staged a celebration as a farewell to civil life. The celebration had included a number of old-time rough and tumble alley fights, in which various members of the party had suffered lacerated scalps, sprained hands, blackened eyes and bloody noses. Some of the recruits had to be put to bed to “sleep it off” while at least four had to be sent to the hospital for first aid treatment.

1976
San Antonio is one of several cities under consideration to receive funding for the construction of a solar powered electrical generating plant, City Public Service officials have announced.

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Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

September 14 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Army aviators at Kelly Field will pay unique tribute to Lieutenant Floyd House of Lake Charles, La., who died last night as the result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident on the Frio City Road at 8 o’clock. Either as the funeral is held from the base hospital or as the train bearing the body  leaves the depot twenty aeroplanes will pass over in parade formation and the aviators will drop floral tributes.

1933
San Antonians were looking forward to midnight to sample their first legal beer in 15 years.

1976
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.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

1917- World War I
Due to the recent riot in Houston, a petition asking withdrawal of all negro troops from Texas signed by all the members of the Texas delegation in Congress was presented at the White House today by Senator Morris Sheppard and laid before President Wilson.  White House officials did not indicate what action might be expected from the President.

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

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

August 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Anheuser-Busch promotes “Bevo,” a near-beer, for the troops.  “After drill or march, you’re sure to see a long line of hot and dusty-throated soldier boys making a bee-line for Bevo.”

1937
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

1976
The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett and Lita Ford, perform for the first time in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo.

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.”