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April 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Margaret Wilson, daughter of the President, gives a concert at Camp Stanley tomorrow night as part of a series of concerts under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A.  She gave two concerts at Kelly Field last night to capacity crowds.

1978
San Antonio’s answer to Evel Knievel, “Even Steven” Baker, jumps six new Ford Thunderbirds in the parking lot of Deja Vu nightclub.

1990
Officials from Opryland USA and USAA officially announce that the name of the planned $100 million, 201-acre musical theme park to be located in northwest San Antonio will be called Fiesta Texas.

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April 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The women soliciting for the third Liberty Loan in San Antonio reported $492,400 at their first noon meeting today at the Y.W.C.A. building.  The men, meeting at the Gunter Hotel, reported $383,050.

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First Mate, a San Antonio-based seafood restaurant chain (right), opens their first location at Buena Vista and Zarzamora.

1978
George Gervin wins the NBA scoring title over David Thompson with a 63-point performance over the New Orleans Jazz.  “The Iceman” knew he had to score 58 points to win the title and, despite being double- and triple-teamed, managed to set a new franchise record.  He also set an NBA record for most points in a quarter with 33 in the second period.

March 6 in San Antonio history…

1836
The final assault on the Alamo begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. Mexican forces take huge losses but capture the compound, killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out within the walls of the fortified mission for thirteen days.

1918 – World War I
Whiskey at ten cents a drink was the bargain offered at one of the downtown saloons this morning, marking the first effort of a saloon keeper in San Antonio to dispose of his stock before the ten-mile zone law is put into effect.  “We are closing out our entire stock” were the words on a sign stretched across the front of the saloon.

1978 
The new VIA Metropolitan Transit, successor to the San Antonio Transit System, officially takes over operation of local public transportation, although the transition from SATS to VIA has been going on for several months.

March 2 in San Antonio history…

1910
The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

1918 – World War I
Daily noon church services are being held in the Majestic Theater. (Not the current Majestic Theater.) “Only penitence, sacrifice and prayer can win the war.”

1978
After the three-alarm fire that devastated their 311 W. Commerce location,  longtime men’s clothiers Penner’s reopens as a temporary store in the Frost Bank Building, just down the street thanks to a telephone call from board chairman Tom Frost.  “I might as well call it a donation,” say Max Penner of the temporary location, for which he says he is paying only a “token” rent.  “We can never forget him.”

Feburary 13 in San Antonio history…

1913
On this day in 1913, Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio to address the needs of Mexicans residing temporarily in the United States who wished to follow events in Mexico, which was engulfed in the Mexican Revolution.

1918 – World War I
A. Summers, a member of the 28th Canadian Battalion and injured in a gas attack in France in September of 1916, has decided to settle in San Antonio in hopes that the balmy climate will help heal his injured lungs.  He recounted the story of the gas attack in the San Antonio Light.

1978
Mel Tillis entertains at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

January 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Some San Antonio businesses have been ignoring or refusing to obey the orders of the government regarding special lighting reductions on Sunday and Thursday nights.  Further failure to obey this law will be followed by prosecutions, including up to a fine of $5000 or a penitentiary sentence of one year.

1973
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.

1978
About 100 people under five feet tall marched in the cold from HemisFair Plaza to City Hall to protest the prejudice of Randy Newman’s song “Short People.”  The “Puny People Protest Parade” was staged by radio station KTSA.

January 3 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two first lieutenants from Kelly Field and six young men were arrested at a downtown hotel last night while engaged in a craps game.  Belief was expressed that the lieutenants would forfeit their commissions as a result.

1928
Though the weather is gradually moderating with only one more freeze predicted, six San Antonio schools were still closed today because of frozen heating systems and plumbing fixtures.

1978
The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will have its first queen this year.  The lucky winner will have a place of honor in the opening parade which winds its way through the city on opening day and choice box seats to the 1978 shows.  She also wins a western outfit from Harry’s Western Store, a fur felt, hand-creased Resistol cowboy hat and all-leather, hand-stitched boots to match her outfit.  Finally, she wins a 7-day trip for two to Acapulco, Mexico with accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Acapulco with $500 expense money.

January 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A representative of the Secretary of War, sent here to investigate vice conditions, has few if any compliments for the manner in which local city and county officers are enforcing the laws.  He says there is too much politics.

1928
San Antonio students celebrated today’s severe 18-degree temperatures.  The high and junior schools were dismissed when all heating systems were disabled.  Officials hope for more moderate temperatures tomorrow.

1978
San Antonio fans and alumni of the University of Texas are saddened when the #1-ranked Texas Longhorns, with Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, are crushed by Notre Dame, 38-10, in the annual Cotton Bowl.  The previously undefeated Longhorns were a touchdown favorite.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

1918 
The automobile crash that took the life of Fire Chief William P. Bishop and Lt. Kooplin yesterday claims two more lives as Claude Ratterree, the chief’s chauffeur, and 10-year-old M. D. George die at Robert B. Green hospital.

1942
The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

1978
Weather forecasters are predicting a 50% chance of freezing rain and/or snow for late tonight and tomorrow morning.  Temperatures are predicted to drop into the upper 20’s tomorrow morning with wind velocities between 15 and 25 mph.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
All records for flying in the United States have been broken at Kelly Field.  According to a report made to Colonel W. D. Chitty, commandant, by Major Paul Ferron, officer in charge of the flying department, the flying record Saturday at Kelly Field broke any so far made in the United States, the total number of hours in the air amounting to 211.  This is declared to exceed all other records, even those of San Diego, one of the oldest schools of aviation in the United States.

1917
The City Council yesterday passed an ordinance creating six positions for city policewomen.  They will earn $70 a month and be permitted to carry sidearms.

1978
The J.C. Penney Company opens their sixth San Antonio store today at Ingram Park Mall.  The new store is the company’s 149th store in Texas and 2,090th in the J. C. Penney chain.  It has almost 180,000 square feet of floor space, 42 merchandise departments and 325 employees.