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May 24 in San Antonio history…

1944
Bells were installed on the east and west doors of City Hall today and will remind employees at 11 a.m. daily that it is time to observe the city-wide Minute of Prayer sponsored by the Council of Christians and Jews.  Mayor Mauermann urged all employees to remain silent for a moment immediately following the bells and to offer a prayer for the safety of the men at the fighting front and for peace.

1946
The total confirmed polio cases in the city rises to 30 for the year, with three more new cases discovered.  The city receives three thousand pounds of technical grade DDT from Newark, New Jersey for use in the fogging machines.  Two thousand additional pounds have been ordered.

1980
Hipp’s Bubble Room (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

1947
Murray Winn Sr. and Murray Winn Jr., owner and general manager of Winn’s stores, have sold all 12 local stores to three buyers from Lufkin, Roy D. Spears, John S. Redditt and J. M. Warren, Jr. for $600,000. The enterprise began in 1926 with a single store on S. St. Mary’s Street and had sales last year of over $1,000,000.

1980
Demolition begins on the Cable House (right), formerly the headquarters of Tom Slick’s Essar Ranch.

1991
Robert E. Lee high school votes to ban the Confederate flag from uniforms and activities sponsored by the school beginning in the fall. “We are not going to suspend students if they have it on a T-shirt or backpack; that’s an individual choice,” said Lee Principal Bill Fish. “But as an institution, we are not going to use it.  We’ve been trying to do this gradually over time,” he said, adding that new football uniforms have been ordered without the flag to replace old ones.

April 4 in San Antonio history…

1900
The Carnegie free library is to be located in this city, it was announced.

1980
The new bridge crossing Salado Creek on Martin Luther King Drive is dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.  on the anniversary of his death.  Mayor Pro Tem Helen Dutmer, Joe Webb, Earl Campbell (superintendent of the San Antonio School District’s Area II) and the Rev. R. A. Callies participate in the ceremony.

1988
The South Texas Nuclear Plant (officially known as South Texas Project Electric Generating Station), the first nuclear plant in Texas, begins producing power.  The city of San Antonio owns a 40% stake in the plant, located near Bay City.

March 31 in San Antonio history…

1922
The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 12-8, in an exhibition game at League Park.  Babe Ruth hits a home run and even Wally Pipp gets a base hit.

1980
A three-alarm fire rages through the walls and roof of the Texas Transportation Museum in Hemisfair Plaza, ruining the collection of Fiesta gowns, damaging stored European and Texas paintings and furniture, but leaving most of the museum’s priceless automobile collection miraculously unscathed.  Three of the 55 cars in the collection, said to be the tenth largest in the country, were destroyed: a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, a 1940 American Bantam mini-car, and a 1957 Lotus racer, valued at a total of about $35,000 (about $108,000 in 2017 dollars).

1986
The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes.  It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.

February 22 in San Antonio history…

1868
J. S. Friend advertises for two children stolen by Indians in Llano County. [Melinda Ann Caudle and Lee Temple Friend, who were abducted on Feb. 5.]

1957
Old 794 was offically handed over to the city.  The last of Southern Pacific’s steam locomotives will be a permanent display at Maverick Park. (It will remain there until 1999, when it was moved to Sunset Station. – Ed.)

1980
San Antonians watch the tape-delayed prime-time coverage of the highly-anticipated Olympic hockey match between the USSR and USA, on KSAT Channel 12.  The underdog Americans stun the highly-favored Russians, 4-3.
“Do you believe in miracles?  YES!”

February 21 in San Antonio history…

1909
Alderman Lockwood objects to the suggestion that Avenue C and River Avenue be changed to Broadway.

1917
Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing was formally appointed commander of the Southern Department with headquarters at Ft. Sam Houston.  He succeeds Gen. Frederick Funston who died two days ago at the St. Anthony hotel.

1980
UTSA announces the creation of their intercollegiate athletic program.

February 13 in San Antonio history…

1910
Work is progressing on a new aeroplane shed at Fort Sam Houston to house the new Wright aeroplane.

1916
In an effort to reduce accidents, all slow-moving traffic will be compelled to keep to the right-hand curb on downtown streets.  Buggies and wagons can’t compete with fast-moving autos.

1980
The public is invited to a reopening of the Jersey Lilly saloon at the Pearl Brewery on Valentine’s Day tomorrow.  Guests can avail themselves of a free glass of Pearl beer or other refreshments.

February 8 in San Antonio history…

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Today’s edition of the San Antonio Express newspaper (right) features a photograph pasted to the front page of each copy.  The photograph, called a homeograph, is a reproduction of a line drawing entitled “Answer of the Germans to the Above”, referencing the article above the photo.  Both the line drawing and the homeograph are creations of Carl G. Von Iwonski of San Antonio.  This is arguably the first photograph to appear in a newspaper anywhere.

1900
Many leading citizens of San Antonio have suggested that the new Carnegie Library be placed in the center of Main Plaza or one of the other centrally located parks, like the City Hall and Market House are.  “As Travis Park is to have a Confederate monument at its center, Milam Square a monument in its center and Alamo Plaza some day a monument to the fallen heroes of the Alamo in its center, Main Plaza appears to be the only plaza left free for this purpose.” – San Antonio Light

1980
The San Antonio Light reports that Santa Rosa hospital will sponsor the San Antonio premiere of the movie “The Black Stallion” at the Galaxy Theater on March 13.  The equine star of the movie is Cass Ole, a black Arabian stallion owned by San Antonio doctor Lee Cuello and his daughter, Francesca.  Cass Ole will make an appearance at the theater.

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1928
Victor’s Harlandale Theater has its formal grand opening at 5600 South Flores Street, showing “Rose of the Golden West” starring Mary Astor. (right)

1968
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 25 in San Antonio history…

1904
City Council approved Alderman Fentiman’s ordinance restricting speed of automobiles and bicycles in San Antonio’s city limits to 6 miles per hour.

1980
After many complaints, the statue of St. Anthony de Padua has been placed on a new pedestal along the Riverwalk.  The statue, a gift to the city from Portugal for Hemisfair, was removed from his original location near the Marriott hotel and carelessly laid upon a concrete slab without protection while construction was taking place in the area.

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The San Antonio Hard Rock Café (right) holds its grand opening celebration, featuring Cheap Trick and Selena y Los Dinos.