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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.

February 5 in San Antonio history…

1929
The old City Hall clock which tolled the passing of the hours since it was placed in the tower in 1890 has been declared beyond human aid and will be retired.

1976
City Council declares the Robert E. Lee Hotel a public nuisance.

2010 & 2011
Lady Antebellum performs on this date in two consecutive years at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

January 18 in San Antonio history…

1886
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.

1920
The deed to transfer the Kampmann property at 4th and Avenue E to the Scottish Rite Masons of San Antonio has been filed with a consideration set at $65,000 in cash.  Plans are to erect a temple on the site.

1976
The votes have been counted in yesterday’s election and San Antonio voters have rejected, by a four-to-one margin,  a 129-acre “supermall” to be located over the Edwards Aquifer at Loop 1604. Owners of the shopping mall site said they will file suit Monday contesting the legality of the election.

January 17 in San Antonio history…

1917
Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.

1932
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

1976
Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite appears with the San Antonio Symphony to narrate Aaron Copeland’s “A Lincoln Portrait.”

January 16 in San Antonio history…

1928
The Bluebonnet Hotel at St. Mary’s and Pecan streets opens for business.

1976
A large, regional shopping mall, consisting of five major department stores in a two-level enclosed structure will be built at Ingram Road and Loop 410, a Fort Worth realtor announced today. Sid Uberman, the realtor who also put together the Windsor Park Mall package, said the center will contain more than 1 million square feet of retail space. Approximately 100 stores will be in the new mall.

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“The Biggest Cowboy Boots in the World,” 40 feet high and 30 feet long and designed by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade (right) in 1979, are assembled in front of North Star Mall facing Loop 410.