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December 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio native Edgar G. Tobin is promoted to First Lieutenant.

1976
Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.

1980
The new headquarters of San Antonio Savings is nearing completion at Loop 410 and San Pedro Avenue.  It is due to open at the end of the month.

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November 27 in San Antonio history…

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

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

2015
For the first time in the history of the event, heavy rain forces the cancellation of the Holiday River Parade after it begins.  Twelve floats made it down the river before the cancellation. Earlier in the evening, the 10,000 lights on the 55-foot white fir in Alamo Plaza were turned on.  The tree is decorated with silver and black ornaments as a tribute to the Spurs.

October 26 in San Antonio history…

1895
Barnum & Bailey Circus, billed as the greatest show on earth, put on a world of new attractions in San Antonio.

1917 – World War I
Camp Travis will soon cease to be the mecca for carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other workmen.  Announcement was made today that carpenter work on buildings now under way will be finished within a week and that within four weeks the plumbing work will be completed.  At the same time it was announced that with completion of this work, the office of the construction quartermaster would be closed and any future construction would be under supervision of the camp quartermaster.

1980
The Urban Cowboy craze comes to Laurie Auditorium with Eddie Rabbitt, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee & the Urban Cowboy Band.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Washer Brothers advertises Union Suits for the “long, short, stout and regular” – from $1.25 to $6.50.

1973
The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This service no longer exists.)

1980
Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

 

September 1 in San Antonio history…

1917
Miss Katherine Stinson’s Chicago-New York airplane flight lasted just 41 minutes today.  Miss Stinson, ambitious to break Ruth Law’s record for the flight, left the ground in Chicago at 5:09 a.m.  At Porter, Indiana, at 5:50 a.m., her engine malfunctioned and she volplaned.  She failed to see some telephone wires and her machine was damaged.  The aviatrix was unhurt.  After some repairs, she will try again next week.

1905
A deed was filed in the county clerk’s office this morning in which Clara Driscoll transferred the Alamo property to the State of Texas in consideration
of $65,000. The property is described as follows: The Hugo & Schmeltzer property, formerly a part of the old Alamo mission and adjoining the Alamo church property now owned by the state. The property Is bounded on the north by Houston street, east by the Alamo ditch, south by the Alamo
and Alamo plaza and west by Alamo plaza.

1957
Television station KONO (Channel 12) has completed all arrangements to put all the Cleveland Browns’ professional football games on the air in San Antonio this fall, according to Bob Roth, commercial manager. The first telecast of 11 Sunday afternoon games will be Sept. 29 when the Browns meet the champion New York Giants.

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.

1986
The legal drinking age in Texas is raised from 19 to 21, resulting in the layoffs of 70 workers at the Lone Star Brewery and 25 workers at the Pearl Brewing Company.

August 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
An effort is being made to establish a thrift special train service in Texas to teach the housewives how to can, pickle and preserve vegetables and fruit and otherwise conserve the food supply, according toe Allen R. Howard of Dallas, who was in the city yesterday.

1958
If new sources of water are not found for San Antonio in the next four years, the city is going to be up a creek and a dry one at that. This was the contention today of R. A. Thompson Jr., general manager of the water board, as he outlined San Antonio’s future water needs.

1980
San Antonio Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela fans 15 batters in a 3-0 win over Amarillo.  The 19-year-old lefty allowed just two hits in the second half of the season and struck out 162 batters in 174 innings.

August 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Major General Henry Trueman Allen, assigned as commander of Camp Travis, is expected to report for duty about the middle of next week. General Allen is well known to many officers at the post, having been stationed at Fort Bliss, in this department, as colonel of the Thirteenth cavalry. No word has been received at Fort Sam Houston as to General Parker’s successor as department commander.

1956
The Edwards Aquifer reaches its lowest recorded level at 612.5 feet.

1980
Fleetwood Mac comes to the Convention Center to promote their new album “Tusk.”  Rocky Burnette, whose cousin Billy would join Fleetwood Mac in 1991, opened the show.

June 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The division of the new national army to be mobilized and trained at Camp Wilson will have a strength of 25,000 men instead of 16,000, according to information received at department headquarters this morning. Also, to San Antonio’s advantage, it is probable the camp here will be permanent. Wooden cantonments are to be built under supervision of the quartermaster general’s department at Washington, the work to be done by contract. Roads are to be improved and new ones built, the water supply is to be increased and sewer and drainage facilities are to be supplied. In former camps latrines had no sewer connections because the troops were likely to be removed at any time. Because of the permanency of the training camp, to open in September, sewer connections will be made.

1967
Two Texas laws banning marriage between Negroes and whites were apparently nullified today by a U. S. Supreme Court decision (Loving vs. Virginia) declaring a similar Virginia law invalid. Texas has had laws against interracial marriage since 1837. Sam Houston signed the first one into law.

1980
The San Antonio City Council approves an $18.8 million grant agreement with the federal government for the $100 million Vista Verde South project and began making plans for another HUD grant to develop an 11-acre tract behind Joske’s into a major shopping mall “on the order of the Galleria in Houston.”  This mall would be known as the “Tiendas del Rio” but renamed Rivercenter Mall before opening in 1987.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
John W. Tobin and City Clerk Fred Fries have issued a joint call for a final meeting of the presiding judges who are to serve as registrars in the various places to take the military census June 5. The meeting of the registrars from the 44 country precincts will be held Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom while that of the registrars for the city precincts will be held June 4, at 10 a. m. in the council chamber at the city hall.

1963
Tonight is the grand opening of the Roaring 20’s Teen Club (formerly Shadowlands), three miles north of Loop 410 on Blanco Road.  Along with Gene Thomas, headliners will be The Missiles band and vocal group along with San Antonio’s own Denny Ezba.  This will mark the first time that a Teen Nite Spot has been put into operation and we’re betting everybody will dig the idea.

1980
Hipp’s Bubble Room at 1411 McCullough closes.

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.