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January 13 in San Antonio history…

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Joske’s buys out longtime department store rival Wolff & Marx.

1977
City Councilman is sworn in for his 50-day turn as San Antonio’s mayor pro-tem.  His term actually begins Monday the 17th but today was the only satisfactory time for the official ceremony.  At 30 years of age, he becomes the youngest mayor in San Antonio history.

1993
A grave believed to hold the remains of Texas hero Col. Ben Milam was uncovered in the center of Milam Park by construction workers. The grave is located on the spot where the Friends of Milam Park had plans to put an 18th-century-style gazebo. A concrete footer where a gray stone monument used to stand also was uncovered.

December 9 in San Antonio history…

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is first broadcast, at 6:30 on CBS (KENS Channel 5).

1977
The roadrunner wins the runoff election over the armadillo and becomes the mascot of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

1987
Western Securities Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, owners of the Robert E. Lee Hotel, have notified the city of plans to tear down the abandoned downtown landmark.

November 5 in San Antonio history…

1857
The San Antonio Fire Company is established on this date, A. A. Lockwood, chief.

1868
The cornerstone of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is laid.  The church would be nicknamed “St. Joske’s” in the future because of the department store built around it.

1977
Fiesta Dinner Playhouse opens with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”), with a special cocktail party beforehand featuring Hollywood stars and local dignitaries.

September 24 in San Antonio history…

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Jack Burke, manager of the Grand Opera House, announces that he has secured the state rights for Tom May’s Electro-Wonder scoreboard and folks that do not go east to watch the World Series will be afforded the opportunity to see each game played at the Grand Opera House on the latest improved scoreboard (right).

1977
At a northside restaurant, Hollywood actor Earl Holliman announces plans to open a dinner playhouse at the site of the defunct Hacienda Dinner Theater on Nov. 1.  “There are a lot of big stars who want to come to San Antonio. We are going to give them that opportunity – and give people here a chance to see them,” says Holliman.

1993
The enigmatic troubadour Willis Alan Ramsey plays a concert at Turtle Creek Country Club.

July 1 in San Antonio history…

1853
The San Antonio Zeitung, the first German language newspaper, is published here, with Dr. Adolf Douai as editor.

1901
The San Antonio City Council accepts the plans from the J. Riely Gordon Company and Harvey L. Page, Associate Architects, and the bid for construction from P. T. Shields, for the new Carnegie Library to be built in the city.

1977
Star Wars (right) debuts in San Antonio at the Wonder Theater (ABC Interstate) and the Century South 6 (Santikos).

June 25 in San Antonio history…

1977
Participants in a forum on homosexual rights last night mapped plans for a march tomorrow to culminate local observances of “Gay Pride Week” here in San Antonio.

1997
The Spurs select Tim Duncan, a 6′ 11″ forward from Wake Forest University, with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.

1998
Christie’s , the longtime San Antonio seafood restaurant that first opened its doors in 1942, closes for good.

(Photo: GLORIA FERNIZ, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

April 8 in San Antonio history…

1946
The Commissioner’s Court unofficially endorsed the underground parking project at Travis Park with the added suggestion another be built under Main Plaza.

1977
Longtime San Antonio rock radio favorite Legs Diamond makes their first appearance in the Alamo city, opening for Starz and Bob Seger in Convention Center Arena.

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Demolition at 300 Houston Street begins.  Mando’s Restaurant and Walgreen’s Drug Store will be razed and reconstructed as a mixed-use building, including Walgreen’s.

March 17 in San Antonio history…

1935
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas dedicates the park on the Alamo grounds.

1969
The city first dyes the San Antonio River green for St. Patrick’s Day.

1977
Radio station KEXL (right) goes off the air.

January 13 in San Antonio history…

1958
Prompt action by railroad employees was credited today with saving more than $1,000,000 in rolling stock as a two-alarm fire gutted the Katy roundhouse. Employees drove two locomotives and several rail cars from the sheet iron building after a steam generator exploded, hurling burning oil on the walls.

1972
The Milwaukee Brewers take over the local Texas League baseball franchise and change the name from the San Antonio Missions to the San Antonio Brewers.  They have also signed a lease with V. J. Keefe field, which the Texas Leaguers have used since Mission Stadium was abandoned.

1977
City councilman Henry Cisneros, 29, is sworn in as mayor pro-tempore.  He is the youngest mayor in the city’s history.

January 9 in San Antonio history…

1908
Temperance advocate Carrie A. Nation arrived in the city today and immediately made speeches against liquor and tobacco in the Silver King, Two Brothers and Menger Hotel bars.  One of the saloon-keepers in town stated, “If she comes in here, I will not be responsible for what happens to her.”  She did not do any damage, however.  She checked into the Bexar Hotel and gave a speech at the Market House in the evening.

1971
Arleigh Templeton, president of UTSA, announces that the hours of the new university will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturdays “so the working kids and the housewives can go to school.”  The university is slated to open on Sept. 1, 1973 with an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 students.  Currently, San Antonio is the largest city in the nation without a state-sponsored university.

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“The World of Star Trek” comes to the Convention Center Arena.  The convention features creator Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek pilot episode “The Cage” and the infamous Star Trek blooper reels.