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September 3 in San Antonio history…

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

1940
Edgewood High School opens for the first time.

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

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August 25 in San Antonio history…

1852
St. Mary’s Institute (now University) is founded near San Fernando with 12 male students.

1939
A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

1979
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…

1930aurora
The $2,000,000 Aurora Apartment Hotel opens in the Tobin Hill area at Howard and Laurel streets across from Crockett Park (right).

1979
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.

2007
Mission Drive-In reopens for a last hurrah after extensive vandalism in the spring.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

1957
The Corpus Christi Times newspaper announces that local car salesman, Billy J. “Red” McCombs, 29, has been appointed by the sales manager of the Houston district of the Ford Motor Company to be the local Edsel dealer in that city.   The new Edsel automobiles will arrive on September 4 at his dealership located at 334 South Chaparral Street.

1973
Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Johnny Bush, Sammi Smith, El Curro and Gino Scorza entertain at the Menudo World Championship held at Raymond Russell Park.

1979
Anita Ward brings her recent #1 song “Ring My Bell” to the Convention Center Arena, opening for Con-Funk-Shun.

June 16 in San Antonio history…

1927
After being found between the mission and the San Antonio River, the stolen altar bell of San Jose is back on its ancient shelf today.

1936
The name of municipal airport is changed from Winburn Field back to Stinson Field.

1979
The Cable House (right), the winter home of Rock Island President Phylander L. Cable, is slated to be demolished by Southwest Research Institute.  The house dates to 1883.

May 29 in San Antonio history…

1949
The Los Angeles Heights school district was annexed into San Antonio School District today.

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.

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Paul McCartney brings his “New World Tour” concert to San Antonio.  44,468 fans see the former Beatle (right) in the first event ever held in the Alamodome.

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.

April 27 in San Antonio history…

1914
The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

1968
San Antonio Woolco stores offer San Antonio housewives the opportunity to trade-in their husbands. They offer 10 to 15 cents per pound of the husband’s weight toward the purchase of Whirlpool appliances.

1979
During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from a parked motorhome (right). Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.

April 23 in San Antonio history…

1915
A gigantic advertising campaign launched the new Camel cigarette brand in San Antonio.

1925
Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson and her ousted governor husband arrived in San Antonio to see the Fiesta parades.

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

April 6 in San Antonio history…

1956
An ad appeared in the San Antonio Register, the local African-American newspaper, requesting financial donations for the Birmingham bus boycott.

1968
Hemisfair ’68 – San Antonio’s World’s Fair opened today.

1979
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play the first of two nights at Ricardo’s Cadillac at 5154 Broadway.