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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.

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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.

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.

1956body_snatchers
The Texas Theater begins showing the sci-fi double feature of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Atomic Man (right).”

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

April 6 in San Antonio history…

World War I – April 6, 1917:  The United States enters the war
Two days after the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally enters World War I.  While reading the headlines, songwriting George M. Cohan begins humming a tune that would become his most famous and successful song – “Over There.”

1968hemisfair
HemisFair ’68 opened to the public.

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

March 19 in San Antonio history…

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The Council House Fight takes place in the building next to San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.

1941
Construction of a portion of the Harry Wurzbach Memorial highway leading to Camp Bullis, a project involving the expenditure of more than $400.000, was approved today by the WPA. This link will begin at West avenue and extend northwest to the south line of Camp Bullis, a distance of seven and one-half miles. The entire Memorial highway will extend 17 miles, linking the camp with Fort Sam Houston and costing a total of more than $1,000,000.
(This road is known today as Northwest Military Highway.)

1979
San Antonio’s new main mail processing center on Perrin-Beitel Road is officially opened.  The new facility replaces the downtown post office as the Postal Service’s main facility in San Antonio.  The downtown Houston Street post office will be a substation and will continue to offer window and post office box services.