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March 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The United Kingdom offers asylum to the family of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, after his recent abdication on March 15.

1946
The Mission Broadcasting company of San Antonio today asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to change the frequency of radio station KONO from 1400 to 860 kilocycles and to increase the power from 250 watts to 1000 watts at night and 5,000 watts during the day.  (The change would not take effect until August 30, 1948)

1980
Damian Garcia (right), along with two others, scale the walls of the Alamo and raise a red flag in defiance of the symbol of Texas revolution and the “theft of Mexican land.”  They were members of the  of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

March 15 in San Antonio history…

1822
Stephen F. Austin arrives in San Antonio to meet with the Governor regarding plans for colonization of Texas.  He is told to continue to Mexico City and meet with authorities there.

1969
Paseo Del Rio Association president Jim Cullum Jr. orders the river dyed green and renamed “River Shannon” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  On hand for the ceremonies is “Viva Max!” co-star John Astin who was made an honorary admiral. The river dyeing is a first for the Alamo City.

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Phillip J. Romano opens the first Fuddrucker’s burger restaurant at 8602 Botts Lane in San Antonio (right).  It’s still there.

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1921
“The Rock of Ages,” a memorial to the San Antonio boys who gave their lives in the World War, will be erected near the star in Brackenridge Park. Ray Lambert, park commissioner, is responsible for the tribute.

19681968Feb2
Hemisfair Arena holds its grand opening with a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. Joining the two teams were Bob Hayes, “The World’s Fastest Human,” and a lineup of variety acts that performed before the game and during intermission.

1980
Jack LaLanne and Arnold Schwarzenegger make personal appearances at the grand opening of the International Fitness Center location at 9926 San Pedro Avenue.

January 30 in San Antonio history…

1958
A plan for a “hemisfair” – a world’s fair for Latin American countries and the U.S. – was being considered today.  A chamber of commerce committee decided to probe the possibility of having such a fair in 1960.

1968
A rare copy of a Mexican newspaper containing the earliest known official announcement of the fall of the Alamo is now on display at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library next to the Alamo. The newspaper dated March 21, 1836, was acquired from Maury A. Bromsen, a rare books and manuscripts dealer in Boston.

1980
The O’Jays, Cameo and Phyllis Hyman play a concert in Convention Center Arena.

January 16 in San Antonio history…

1928
The Bluebonnet Hotel at St. Mary’s and Pecan streets opens for business.

1976
A large, regional shopping mall, consisting of five major department stores in a two-level enclosed structure will be built at Ingram Road and Loop 410, a Fort Worth realtor announced today. Sid Uberman, the realtor who also put together the Windsor Park Mall package, said the center will contain more than 1 million square feet of retail space. Approximately 100 stores will be in the new mall.

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“The Biggest Cowboy Boots in the World,” 40 feet high and 30 feet long and designed by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade (right) in 1979, are assembled in front of North Star Mall facing Loop 410.

November 27 in San Antonio history…

1936
Seventy-five years ago today, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records “Cross Road Blues” in the Gunter Hotel on Houston Street.  The song would later be notably covered by Cream featuring the guitar prowess of Eric Clapton.

1975
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

1980
The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

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Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans (right).
(photo from the Oct. 15, 1956 edition of the San Antonio News)

1972
The amendment to clear the way for the construction of San Antonio’s North Expressway died tonight when federal highway bills died in House-Senate conference in Washington. Included in the two bills were the House and Senate-approved amendments which would have removed the controversial North Expressway from the federal highway system and opened the way for the state to construct the $30 million expressway at state expense.

1980
The Spurs kick off their season against their new division rival Kansas City Kings.  With the addition of the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA, the Spurs move from the Central Division of the Eastern Conference to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference.  The division also includes the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

September 1 in San Antonio history…

1925
San Antonio women planned a mass meeting to protest the extension of Crockett Street through Alamo Plaza. By letters, telephone and personal calls the women had been demanding the park be left as it was.

1971
After 90 years as a female college, Incarnate Word College opens the fall semester as a fully coeducational institution.

1980
Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year.  Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.

May 3 in San Antonio history…

1956
Henry B. Gonzalez announced he was resigning from the city council to run for state senator from San Antonio.

1958
Dr. Wendell Stanley, Nobel prize-winning director of the virus laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Sidney Farber, director of the Children’s Cancer Research foundation in Boston, are in San Antonio for the annual trustees’ meeting of the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education.

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Singer/actor David Naughton (right), the “Pied Pepper” of the Dr Pepper commercials, appears at South Park, Ingram and Windsor Park Malls signing autographs and giving away Dr Pepper

April 20 in San Antonio history…

1891
President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

1948
A Night in Old San Antonio will be presented by the Conservation society [for the first time] this evening at La Villita and along Villita St. The public is invited. At 6 p. m. a street market will be opened with booths and strolling musicians. Supper will be served at chili stands and chuck wagons at 6:30. At the same hour there will an exhibition of Spanish dancing.

1980
The Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside and Dynasty perform at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.