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May 18 in San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1918 – World War I
The Camp Travis baseball team takes on the University of Texas at 3 p.m.  The Camp Travis team wins, 6-1, behind the pitching of ex-Houston Buff, Oral “Lefty” Craig.

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.

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April 23 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Quadrangle building at Fort Sam Houston occupied by department heads and various officers of the army has been closed to the public at night.  Department officers may enter at any hour but any other person who enters, including officers and enlisted men and clerks must have a pass to do so.

1957
For the first time, “Night in Old San Antonio” moves from a one-day event to a three-day event, beginning tonight in La Villita.

1979
Archbishop Francis Furey dies and is succeeded by Archbishop Patrick Flores.

March 1 in San Antonio history…

1881
Second Street is renamed Augusta Street.

1918 – World War I
The grading of all restaurants, barber shops, manicure parlors and billiard halls within the military zone around the cantonments here became effective today.  Permits have been refused to some 25 restaurants and 12 barber shops and, under regulations, soldiers will not be permitted to patronize places that do not have permits.

1979
Ingram Park Mall opens to the public.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

1906
Boerne State Bank opens for business.  It is purchased by San Antonio’s National Bank of Commerce on February 7, 1986.  It is converted to a national bank under the name NBC Bank – Boerne on April 30, 1988.

1918
The San Antonio Light features an illustration of the new Central Trust Building (right) designed by Atlee Ayers to be located at the corner of Navarro and Houston Streets.  It will be completed later this year at a cost of $500,000.  (It’s still there.)

1979
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…

1917 – World War I
Jewelry stores are advertising the new must-have gift for men this Christmas – wrist watches (right).

1937
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.  (Still true. – Ed.)

1979
Mayor Lila Cockrell and other dignitaries cut the ribbon opening the new 502-room Marriott (Riverwalk) hotel.

 

December 5 in San Antonio history…

1887
Several bones and parts of a skeleton were plowed up from the federal courthouse site today.  They are believed to be part of the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1979
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Carlo Maria Giulini, performs in Laurie Auditorium.

1990
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 2 in San Antonio history…

1926
The moss-covered fountain in the patio of the county courthouse, for so long a beautiful relic of history, is to be sent to the Joske Memorial Home to make room for expansion.

1979
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 29 in San Antonio history…

1963
Linus Baer and the Lee Volunteers outlast Warren McVea and the Brackenridge Eagles, 55-48, in what would later be voted the greatest football game ever played in San Antonio.

1979trek_79
A $10 per ticket premiere of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” will be held at two theaters tonight to benefit the San Antonio Easter Seals Chapter.  The San Antonio premiere of the movie will be held at 8:30 the Cine Cinco theater in Windsor Park Mall and 7:30 at the Northwest Six theaters.

1988
The Marriott Rivercenter hotel holds its grand opening festivities.

October 11 in San Antonio history…

1937
San Antonio’s new federal building and post office opens on Alamo Plaza.  Ralph Cameron, a San Antonian, was architect and A. W Kutsch and Sons of Detroit were general contractors. The contract price was $1,768.510.93 but with extras which included features of the building cut out of the original plans and replaced, total cost of the building when entirely completed will aggregate approximately $2,225,000.

1979
Dillards opens a new 180,000 square-foot store at Ingram Mall.

1984
The Go-Go’s play Convention Center Arena.  A Flock of Seagulls opens the show.

 

May 29 in San Antonio history…

1898
The Rough Riders are going.  The entire regiment is expected to be out of camp and on the way to Cuba before nightfall.  They will leave even though they have not received all their equipment.

1917 – World War I
San Antonio and El Paso each are to each have a camp for the training of a division of troops under the recommendations of Brigadier General Parker, which were approved today by the War Department. The location of the other four division camps in the Southern Department were not announced by the department. It is believed the division to be trained at San Antonio will be stationed in cantonments to be built immediately at Camp Wilson. It is probable that troops now occupying Camp Wilson will be moved to Leon Springs and elsewhere to clear the entire site for use of the division.

1979
U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. of San Antonio is assassinated while getting into his car at his home in San Antonio. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, is later convicted of the crime and sentenced to two life terms.