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October 12 in San Antonio history…

1916
San Antonians are looking forward to the tomorrow’s football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be played at League Park.

1939
Restoration on La Villita begun with O’Neil Ford as architect.

1980
Country-western group Alabama makes their first appearance in San Antonio at the Majestic Theater.  San Antonians evidently had not heard much about them because the crowd was estimated at between 100 and 200 people.

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August 22 in San Antonio history…

1905
According to the records in the office of the city engineer, there are 71 automobiles in San Antonio, representing a value of about $37,200.

1918
Military police have been ordered to keep soldiers out of close to a score of eating and drinking places in the carnival district of W. Houston because their women employees lack certificates attesting to their moral character.

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.

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1925
The name of Waco Street is changed to West Ashby Place.

1949
The Kelly Drive-In Theater is opened.

1980
David Letterman’s morning talk-variety show debuts on KMOL Channel 4 at 10 a.m.  The show is a critical success, even winning two Emmy awards, but is cancelled after four months.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

1927
Preparations are under way to ship what’s left of the Army dirigible C-43 back to Scott Field, Ill. It was wrecked at Brooks Field yesterday while being towed out of the big hangar. This is the second dirigible to face destruction at the field.

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.  hippsThis 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 (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.

May 10 in San Antonio history…

1911
KELLEY-George-E.M.-Second-Lieutenant-U.S.-Army-in-Curtiss-Trainer-1911Lt. George E. Kelly (right) is killed in air crash at Camp Travis (flying Army Aeroplane #2 – a Curtiss Model D Type IV). Kelly Field and later Kelly Air Force Base would be named for him.

1980
Parliament/Funkadelic, with George Clinton, plays Convention Center Arena.

1983
City officials took a sledgehammer and bashed in one of the walls of the Guadalupe Theater today to symbolize the beginning of the renovation as part of the Plaza Guadalupe project.  Renewal of the theater is expected to cost from $650,000 to $1 million and is to be completed by December.

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.

1940
Lone Star Beer is first placed on the market (right).

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

April 11 in San Antonio history…

1907
A new summer open air theater is to be built at Avenue E and Houston, diagonally across from the post office.

1957
The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

1980
The Budweiser Clydesdales come to San Antonio and will appear daily through April 15 at the Farmers Market in Market Square, except for April 12 when they will be in the Poteet Strawberry Parade.

April 4 in San Antonio history…

1936cord2
“Throngs of people” crowd the Winerich Motor Sales Company at Third and Broadway to see the brand new front-wheel drive Cord automobiles (right).

1968
San Antonians are shocked to learn of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

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.

March 15 in San Antonio history…

44 BC
“Et tu, Brute?”  Julius Caesar is murdered in Rome by Marcus Brutus in a hall next to Pompey’s Theater.  San Antonio will not exist for another 1,762 years.

1980fudds
Phillip J. Romano opens the first Fuddrucker’s burger restaurant at 8602 Botts Lane in San Antonio (right).  It’s still there.

1990
The Black Crowes make their first San Antonio appearance along with Junkyard at Sneakers.

February 15 in San Antonio history…

1960
Municipal Auditorium hosts “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’60,”featuring: Frankie Avalon, Clyde McPhatter, Bobby Rydell, Johnny & the Hurricanes, The Crests, Freddy Cannon, Sammy Turner, The Isley Brothers, Linda Laurie, The Clovers, Cliff Richard, Paul Williams and his Orchestra.

1980
George Thorogood and the Destroyers play the Junction club on Blanco Road.

1988
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.