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May 18 in San Antonio history…

1979
Spurs fans are devastated when Bobby Dandridge hits a 12-foot jumper from the right baseline with eight seconds to play to cap a furious comeback that carries the Washington Bullets from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to a 107-105 National Basketball Association victory over the Spurs in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals.  The Spurs lose the series 4-3 becoming only the third team to lose a series in which they were up 3-1.  The boys in silver and black would have to wait another 20 years to make it to the NBA Finals.

1987
The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

1997
Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan.

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April 9 in San Antonio history…

1900
A bicyclist narrowly avoided a collision with the Staacke automobile at the corner of Commerce and Alamo streets last night. The auto was going around Bull Bros. corner at 8 o’clock from Alamo Plaza and the cyclist was going around the same corner towards Alamo Plaza.  The cyclist managed to turn out of the way but he turned so short that he received a terrible fall on the pavement.

1976
President Gerald Ford visits San Antonio during his re-election campaign and infamously bites into a tamale without removing the husk. (right)  This is later humorously referred to as “The Great Tamale Incident.”

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.

February 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.

1916
In an effort to reduce accidents, all slow-moving traffic will be compelled to keep to the right-hand curb on downtown streets.  Buggies and wagons can’t compete with fast-moving autos.

1978
Mel Tillis performs at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

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The new Main Library (right) building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.

1978
Canadian power trio, Triumph, brings their “Rock and Roll Machine” tour to San Antonio.

1993
The Light goes out.  After 112 years, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication.

January 8 in San Antonio history…

1975
Andre the Giant, at 7’4″ and 425 lbs., wrestles “little” Ernie Ladd, who measures 6’9″ and 275 lbs., as the main event of the Wrestlethon Inc. card at Municipal Auditorium.  The second main event is Jose Lothario vs. Billy “Super Star” Graham.

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.

1986
The legendary Eastwood Country Club on San Antonio’s East Side is destroyed by fire.  Eastwood hosted many legendary performers through the years, such as Etta James, the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Bobby Blue Bland, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner and, of course, Miss Wiggles. (Photo from the San Antonio Register.)

December 24 in San Antonio history…

1969
Trinity University junior, Louise Locker, (along with Santa Claus) stays out until “two or three in the morning” delivering over 200 presents and a Christmas trees to needy San Antonio children who had written letters – and so becomes known as Elf Louise.

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The Houston Oilers defeat the Miami Dolphins, 17-9, for their first playoff win since 1961.  Houston quarterback Dan Pastorini is 20 of 29 for 306 yards and a touchdown.  In the game, Pastorini is the first quarterback to wear a “flak jacket” to protect his cracked ribs.  The jacket was invented by inventor Byron Donzis (right) who was born in San Antonio.

1983
The Great Plains Cold Wave reaches San Antonio, setting a new record low temperature for the date at 15 degrees.  Six more record low temperatures would be set over the next week due to the cold snap.

November 17 in San Antonio history…

1934
Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. LBJ didn’t have a wedding band for her and had asked Dan Quill, friend and Postmaster of San Antonio, to get one. Quill bought a wedding band at the nearby Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $2.50.  (The Sears store was located in what is now called the Tower Life Building.) After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

1978
The now-infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special” airs on KENS Channel 5 from 7-9 p.m.  The TV guide description:  “The cast of ‘Star Wars’ and an array of guest stars join together to help the Wookie [sic] Chewbacca reach his home planet in time for Life Day.”

2006
The first Tundra rolls off the assembly line in San Antonio’s new Toyota plant.

November 16 in San Antonio history…

1852
The cornerstone for the Paine Methodist Episcopal Church, the first Protestant church in San Antonio, is laid on Soledad street.

1918
A benefit football game will be held at League Park today between the Camp Mabry and Camp Travis gridders.  All proceeds will go to the United War Work Fund.  An airplane will drop the football onto the field before the game.  As far as it is known, this is the first time an airplane will be used to begin a football game.

1930
The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.  There is also a private bathroom, a radio receiving set and a telephone in every room.

1978
The character actor, Victor Sen Yung, who played Hop Sing in “Bonanza” and “No. 2 Son” in the Charlie Chan movies, was in San Antonio today selling woks.  He regaled shoppers at two Joske’s stores during demonstrations of cooking with a Farberware wok.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1909
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft’s first public speech in this city. Other thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

1918 – World War I
Mrs. Dorothy Delfraisse McCurdy, died last night at the home of her father, 615 Cherry Street, after a brief illness of pneumonia, the result of Influenza contracted while on duty as a special Red Cross nurse at the base hospital, Camp Travis.

1978
The first six K-mart stores in San Antonio, located in buildings formerly occupied by Globe stores, open on the same day.  H. E. Wilcox, western regional vice-president, says, “It’s highly unusual for a chain to open six stores in one day, as we did…  Chicago opened five K-mart stores in one day and that’s as close as we’ve come.”

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that Sgt. Thomas D. Applewhite, son of Mrs. Fannie W. Applewhite, custodian of the Alamo, was killed in action on the Western Front in France on August 17.  Mr. Applewhite was 41 years old.

1977
All ten First Mate seafood restaurants have gone out of business because they were not making enough money, a spokesman for the owners said today.  The corporation has not gone bankrupt but all stores were closed Aug. 22, according to Jack Willome, vice-president at Ray Ellison Industries.  Ellison was the principal owner of the San Antonio restaurants.

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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.