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March 5 in San Antonio history…

1836
Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. A messenger arrives at the Alamo compound with the grim news that reinforcements aren’t coming. Travis gathers his men and informs them of their options. Popular legend has it that this was the moment when Col. William Barret Travis, Commander of the Alamo forces, drew a line in the dirt with his saber and asked those men who were committed to defending the Alamo to the death to cross.

1955
The General Motors Parade of Progress goes on display at Lions’ Park, complete with Aerodome tent and a fleet of 12 Futurliners.

1978
The University of Texas Longhorn Band plays a pops concert in the Hemisfair Theater for the Performing Arts.

February 9 in San Antonio history…

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The Beatles make their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, broadcast on KENS Channel 5 at 7:00 p.m.  45.3% of U.S. TV households tune in, representing 73 million people — a record for an entertainment program up to that time.

1978
City Council passed a resolution today urging Penner’s Inc. to rebuild its downtown men’s clothing store recently destroyed by fire. It is intended as a signal to the San Antonio Development Agency to make land just behind the Penner’s site at 311 E. Commerce St. available for reconstruction of the store.

1995
Bernard Harris, Jr., a 1974 graduate of San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, becomes the first African-American to perform an EVA (spacewalk) during the second of his two flights aboard the Space Shuttle.

February 7 in San Antonio history…

1974
After being holed up at the Hilton Palacio del Rio for nearly a month waiting on a judge to rule on his trade from the Virginia Squires, George Gervin plays his first game as a San Antonio Spur at HemisFair Arena against the Utah Stars. Gervin started slowly, scoring only 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting from the field in San Antonio’s 86-83 loss to Stars in his first game.

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority begins using new RTS-II buses (right) on various routes in the city.  San Antonio is the second city in the US to obtain this type of bus.  121 buses are purchased and will be fully operational by March.

2010
Selena Gomez performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in the AT&T Center.

January 8 in San Antonio history…

1900
In a brief telegram authorized by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, directed to Mrs. D. F. Ainsworth, president of the San Antonio Public Library; Mr. Carnegie offers to give the sum of $50,000 for the establishment of a library here, provided the city will supply an isolated site for a building and $5,000 yearly for the maintenance of the institution. The formal proposition embodying the conditions usually imposed by Mr. Carnegie in such cases has been forwarded by mail and may be expected soon.

1960
Construction begins on San Antonio’s first mall, North Star Mall, the fifth shopping mall in the nation.

1978
The English punk band, Sex Pistols, play a notorious gig at the country & western nightclub, Randy’s Rodeo – the third stop on a seven date U.S. tour.  The band starts off playing songs from “Never Mind the Bollocks,” released only three months earlier, but lead singer Johnny Rotten nearly incites a riot after insulting the C&W faction of the audience.  The band is pelted by beer cans and food and one audience member is hit by Sid Vicious’s bass guitar but the show continues.  The band would never tour the U.S. again.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1926
H.C Moore, Southern Pacific railroad engineer, escaped serious injury today when switch engine no. 131 exploded at the Southern Pacific roundhouse.  The engineer was hurled about thirty feet and was showered with oil and sand. After receiving first aid treatment, he was sent home where he is under the care of physicians.

1940
A messenger for the W. T. Grant store was held up by a lone gunman in the heart of the downtown district this morning and robbed of $3500 in Christmas receipts he was taking to the Frost National Bank. Tlie robbery occurred on the St. Mary’s street bridge across from the Public Service building.

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.

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1946
Installation of a traffic signal light at Broadway and Pershing avenue to provide a safe crossing place for pedestrians to the north entrance of Brackenridge Park is being delayed by lack of cable, Commissioner P. L. Anderson stated today. As soon as the cable can be obtained the light will be installed and a concrete safety island for pedestrians will be plated in the street, he said. Some cable is being purchased in Houston and some in Corpus Christi.

1970
Monday Night Football debuts on the ABC network on KSAT Channel 12 at 8:00 p.m.  The game features the New York Jets with quarterback Joe Namath vs. the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.  This is the first of 13 prime-time Monday games on the network this season. The Browns win, 31-21.

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Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

1956
Plans for a convention hall and civic center at La Villita were unveiled today by V. H. Braunig, City Public Service Board manager.

1978
Reba McEntire performs in San Antonio for the first time in San Antonio at the Alzafar Shrine Temple on Loop 1604 and Huebner Road.

2003
John Mayer makes his first appearance in the Alamo City, opening for Counting Crows at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

July 4 in San Antonio history…

1894
An immense U.S. flag was draped from the balcony of San Antonio’s City Hall to mark the Fourth of July because it was too big to be raised on the city’s flagpole.

1937
Convinced her husband was cheating on her, an Austin woman leaps to her death from the eighth floor of the Bluebonnet Hotel.  Her suicide note ends with, “So long, Casanova.”

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The Express and the News newspapers are combined for the day.

June 18 in San Antonio history…

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1955
Kids tuned into the one hour broadcast of “Disneyland” at 8:00 on KENS Channel 5 to hear about Walt Disney’s new amusement park with the same name that opened yesterday.  The grand opening was broadcast live on the ABC television network but no one in San Antonio got to see it.  There is no ABC-affiliated station in San Antonio.

1977
The San Antonio Charros, one of six teams in the newly-formed American Football Association, begin playing today when they host Oklahoma City in an exhibition game at Harlandale’s Memorial Stadium.  (The Charros lost, 28-24.)

1978
The 66-year-old Elks Building at Navarro and Pecan streets becomes the first building to be imploded in San Antonio. The building was the former home of the Travis Club and was immortalized on the boxes for Travis Club cigars.

 

June 7 in San Antonio history…

1953
The historic Nic Tengg home, owned by the Tengg family for over 101 years, has been sold to Joske’s of Texas as an addition to the store’s parking lot.  The two-story wood, brick and adobe house – long a landmark at 326 E. Crockett St. – will end its colorful career as it gives way to progress and a growing, bustling city.

1976
Canadian rock trio Rush plays Municipal Auditorium in support of their “2112” album.  Thin Lizzy and Styx are also on the bill.

1978
Joske’s and KZ-100 radio sponsor a party at the Arneson River Theater for the new movie “Grease.”  Producer Alan Carr and actor Jeff Conaway appear at the event.  Olivia Newton-John is scheduled to appear but is forced to cancel due to a 102-degree fever.