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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.”

March 17 in San Antonio history…

1972
Sonny & Cher Bono, stars of the variety TV show “The Sonny & Cher Show (right),” appear at Municipal Auditorium.  The concert is presented by Joske’s and produced by Southwest Concerts, Inc.

1975
With a dream and an initial investment of $35,000, former priest Tom Adams 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.

February 18 in San Antonio history…

1916
The Marx Brothers appear at the (old) Majestic Theater as part of a vaudeville review of 27 people.

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Canadian rock trio Triumph plays their first show in the United States right here in Convention Center Arena.  Yesterday & Today and the Runaways are the opening acts.

1986
The San Antonio Spurs’ Alvin Robertson becomes the second player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals against the Phoenix Suns.  The Spurs win, 120-114.  Robertson remains the only player to set the mark with double figures in steals instead of blocks.

January 14 in San Antonio history…

1974
San Antonio drivers are dismayed as the speed limit drops to the federally-mandated 55 mph at one minute after midnight.  The limit will remain at the “double-nickel” until Congress lifts all federal speed limit controls in the November 28, 1995, National Highway Designation Act, returning all speed limit determination authority to the states effective December 8, 1995.

1977
The pilot episode of “Fantasy Island” premieres as a made-for-TV movie on KSAT 12. Guest starts include Bill Bixby, Hugh O’Brien, Sandra Dee, Tina Sinatra and a then-unknown Victoria Principal.

2010
The Balcones Heights shopping mall built as Wonderland Mall in 1960, renamed Crossroads Mall in 1987, changes its name again to “Wonderland of the Americas.”

January 9 in San Antonio history…

1900
San Antonio has at last been placed on the list of Andrew Carnegie and will get $50,000 for a new library.

1950
An emergency contract for $35,575 to relieve fire-trap conditions at the San Antonio State Hospital, a situation considered too urgent to wait for legislative action, was let today at a meeting of the Board for State Hospitals and Special Schools. Gov. Allan Shivers earlier had pointed out that the recent disastrous mental hospital fire at Davenport, Iowa, costing 40 lives, might easily have happened at any one of our Texas institutions, the state hospitals at San Antonio, Abilene, Austin or Terrell.

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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.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

1916
Traffic officers said pedestrians standing directly in front of movie theaters or large office buildings would be arrested to prevent congestion in the event of fire.

1977
F. R. Kirkpatrick, president of National Bank Ft. Sam Houston and chairman of the Ft. Sam Houston Gateway Project, implores the city to clean up the four-block long area of “porno joints, adult book stores, peek shows and nudie bars” that arc along New Braunfels Avenue betwecn Ft. Sam Houston and IH-35.  He says that in contrast to the gateways to Lackland, Kelly and Brooks Air Force Bases, the four-block entrance into Ft. Sam Houston is such a slum that sightseeing buses taking tourists to the historic Quadrangle take a roundabout route to avoid the area.

1979
The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

December 28 in San Antonio history…

1945
Army officials have declared the river walk, the beautified section of the river downtown, off limits to all military personnel between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

1977
Nationally syndicated columnist Heloise (real name Katherine Eloise Bowles) passes away at the downtown Baptist Hospital at age 58.  Her daughter, Ponce Heloise Cruse will take over her “Hints from Heloise” column.

2000
Montgomery Ward announced today that they are filing for bankruptcy and closing their doors after 128 years.  The company was founded in Chicago in 1872 and was the first mail-order catalog business.  The catalog was discontinued in 1985, but the stores remained. The shutdowns will leave large vacancies at four San Antonio malls:  McCreless, Windsor Park, Crossroads (Wonderland) and Westlakes.  [Those mall stores would all close in March 2001.]

 

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1955
An early-bird collector for a loan company learned that the worm turns, especially before daylight. A collector from a loan company, who paid a pre-dawn call upon an arrears client, was routed by a volley of shots from inside the house. Police advised the collector to keep his calls within accepted business hours.

1960
Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

1977
San Antonio rock favorites Legs Diamond, Budgie and Heyoka play Municipal Auditorium

November 18 in San Antonio history…

1928
The Fox Company retail store at 209 Alamo Plaza is destroyed by fire resulting in $150,000 damage and the death of a night watchman.  The film developing and mail order business of the Fox Company at 1734 Broadway is not affected.

1955
Count Basie & His Orchestra, The George Shearing Quintet, Ruth Brown, T-Bone Walker, The Jacks, The Orioles,  and Joe Williams play a concert in Municipal Auditorium

1977
Eddie Money comes to San Antonio for the first time, opening for the J. Geils Band at Municipal Auditorium.

 

November 8 in San Antonio history…

1966
Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

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

1995
San Antonio-based Diamond Shamrock acquires National Convenience Stores – the Stop N Go chain – for $260 million, making the San Antonio-based firm the state’s largest gasoline and convenience store retailer, officials announced today.  Houston-based National Convenience Stores, with its 661 stores, will become a subsidiary of Diamond Shamrock, and will give 835-store Diamond Shamrock almost 1,500 convenience stores – 1,300 in Texas – and more than 10,000 employees.