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January 29 in San Antonio history…

Robert B. Green opens to the public as the county hospital.

The Majestic Theater features “The New Audioscopiks,” the second 3-D movie by Pete Smith, as a prelude to “Happy Landing,” the new film with Sonja Henie and Don Ameche.

A traffic accident at at IH-10 and South New Braunfels at 12:06 a.m. is the first emergency reported to the 911 system.  San Antonio is the first metropolitan area in Texas to have the 911 emergency system.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

The Tuesday Musical Club is organized.

Police Sgt. Bob Benfer said today he saw a car weaving in and out of traffic with a very young driver at the wheel.  On questioning, the driver admitted he was only nine years old.

The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium (now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts) is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

If snow falls in San Antonio on Christmas or New Year’s it will indeed be a miracle.  In the 52 years the weather bureau has kept records, snow has never fallen on those days.

Mayor Lila Cockrell and other dignitaries cut the ribbon opening the new 502-room Marriott (Riverwalk) hotel.

Local entertainer, street performer and downtown fixture, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman, dies at age 76.

December 5 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Electric Company has filed a $272 suit against the city for power used in electric lights last spring on the plaza.

Larry and Dana Roberson of San Antonio became the parents of quadruplets born in San Angelo yesterday.  Roberson has been commuting back and forth to San Antonio as the manager of the drug department in the brand new Albertson’s on Converse Road.

Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.

December 4 in San Antonio history…

Speculation is rampant in San Antonio about the reason for the deposed Shah of Iran’s arrival in the Alamo City two days ago from New York (right).

U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches a patron at Earl Abel’s for calling him a communist.

The 102-year old Karotkin Building, undergoing renovations to be converted into a hotel, collapses. injuring two construction workers who were integrating the wall into a new boutique hotel.
A facade was all that remained of the Karotkin Building, whose other walls were demolished earlier this year to make way for the new hotel. Located three blocks from the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, the Renaissance revival building was erected in 1900 and was used as a furniture store from 1924-1979. The Karotkin Building, listed as one of San Antonio’s historically significant structures, was the city’s last example of architect Solon L. McAdoo’s commercial designs.
Hotel developer Patrick J. Kennedy bought the four-story building in 1992, hoping to construct a seven-story spa and hotel in its place. Kennedy’s team planned to restore the original brick-and-terra-cotta facade that was covered by metal and plaster in 1968.

December 2 in San Antonio history…

It became clear this morning that the city intends to enforce its speeding ordinance.  C. R. Jones was fined $10 for exceeding the legal limit of 8 miles per hour.  Witnesses said the auto was positively going at least 17 miles an hour.

The Witte Museum will add a much needed second floor to the north wing, thanks to a gift of $175,000 from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt.  He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

November 8 in San Antonio history….

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

German rock group Scorpions make their first appearance in San Antonio, as the opening act for Sammy Hagar and Pat Travers at Convention Center Arena.

Don Novello, better known to fans of Saturday Night Live as Father Guido Sarducci, performs at San Antonio Comedy Club.

September 3 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

Edgewood High School opens for the first time.

PM Magazine, with hosts Mario Bosquez and Peggy Kokernot, debuts on KSAT Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

St. Mary’s Institute (now University) is founded near San Fernando with 12 male students.

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

The San Antonio Light reports that the Polish American Priests Association sent a letter two days ago inviting Pope John Paul II to visit Panna Maria, about 55 miles south of San Antonio, to celebrate its 125th anniversary as the first Polish community in Texas.  “Why wouldn’t he accept?” asked Msgr. Erwin Juraschek president of the association.  “After all… he’s Polish.”

August 24 in San Antonio history…

The $2,000,000 Aurora Apartment Hotel opens in the Tobin Hill area at Howard and Laurel streets across from Crockett Park (right).

The gasoline supply situation in San Antonio appears to be the best in the past several months, and many service station operators report they have more fuel and are staying open longer hours.

Mission Drive-In reopens for a last hurrah after extensive vandalism in the spring.