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April 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Former Senator J. C. Pritchard and Miss Marie Van Gastel (of Belgium) speak at Beethoven Hall about the U.S. Government and the war in Europe.

1965
Country singer Roger Miller (“King of the Road”,”Dang Me”) weds San Antonio native Leah Kendrick in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1977
Computers are used for the first time to tabulate the results of the city election.

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March 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Speed has been the object most desired at Camp Travis since the first nail was driven toward construction of the camp.  One morning, Lt. W. G. Hollingsworth, in charge of construction at the camp, telephoned A. J. McKenzie, vice president and general manager of the McKenzie Company, a rush job for the hospital.  He asked when six buildings 16×40 feet, needed to house convalescent patients, could be completed.  He was told “today.”  The order went out at 10 o’clock to get them done “today.”  The six buildings were completed in 270 minutes.

1975
With a dream and an initial investment of $35,000, former priest Tom Adams (right) begins making split-vamp, double-tie athletic shoes.  He names them Kaepa after his two daughters, Mikaela (nicknamed “Kae”) and (Pa)ula.

1977
Radio station KEXL goes off the air.

December 9 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Long flannel bandages, double the length of those previously made, comforters, gloves, plenty of socks and smoking tobacco are the main requisites of the soldiers in the trenches, according to Lt. P. Sellier at Camp Travis, one of the French officers sent to this country to instruct the American troops in modern warfare.

1965
“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 (right) and becomes the mascot of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

November 30 in San Antonio history…

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B.B. King, along with Bill Harvey & his Orchestra, entertain at the Carver Library auditorium.

1977
“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Crosby recorded the Christmas spccial a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977.  The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”

1986
Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark, better known as OMD, performs in Laurie Auditorium with the Models opening.

November 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio, in San Antonio as the guest of F. E. Scobey, said today, “We shall never pay the stupendous cost of our unpreparedness again.  I expect to see 500,000 American youths trained every year of the future, no matter when or how this present war ends.  So you can look for these enormous army additions in San Antonio to be more or less permanent.  The Congress will adopt universal military training this winter.”

1943
A 38-year-old woman who considers herself “not bad looking,” offered to marry anybody who can furnish shelter for her and her daughter.  In a letter to Mayor Mauermann the woman said she was desperate because she had been unable to afford rent.

1977
San Antonio voters establish the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Authority (VIA) in San Antonio.

 

October 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Mata Hari, famous dancer and German spy, was executed in Paris this morning.  She was arrested in Paris in February and convicted of espionage in a court-martial in July.

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

August 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
“So far as this office is concerned, saloons within half a mile of the Arsenal are closed and will remain closed for the duration of the war.” This was the comment made Wednesday at the office of the United States district attorney on efforts being made to reopen these saloons since the company of guardsmen at the Arsenal has been replaced with regulars.

1975
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the alligator gardens at Brackenridge Park will be closing within the next two weeks.  George Kimbrell, who captured the alligators himself and has operated the garden for the last 23 years, will donate the alligators to the Alligator Gardens of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

1977
San Antonians mourned the death of singer Elvis Presley, who died at age 42 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A joint proclamation by Mayor Sam C. Bell and County Judge James R. Davis was issued Wednesday morning calling on all business houses and manufacturing establishments to permit young men in their employ wino have enlisted in the National Guard to have Thursday afternoon off to do recruiting duty. A request also is made that young men not members but wishing to enlist in one of the San Antonio companies, “be granted special hours during the day, in which they may go to the recruiting offices for the purpose of enlisting and offering their services to our country.”

1977
Katherine Stinson Otero dies at the age of 86 at her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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After 19 seasons and five championships with the San Antonio Spurs, forward Tim Duncan announces his retirement.

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.”

May 27 in San Antonio history…

1966
Comprehensive plans for a $10 million federal pavilion at HemisFair 1968 in San Antonio have been approved by President Johnson and legislation has been introduced in Congress for an appropriation.

1977
Smokey and the Bandit premiered in San Antonio at the North Star and South Park Mall theaters.

1988
B.J. “Red” McCombs buys the San Antonio Spurs from Angelo Drossos for $47 million.  “I’m ecstatic,” says Mayor Henry Cisneros.  “The Spurs are in the hands of a San Antonian and that’s the most important thing.”