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November 1 in San Antonio history…

1899
San Antonio’s German language newspaper, the 𝕱𝖗𝖊𝖎𝖊 𝕻𝖗𝖊𝖘𝖘𝖊 𝖋𝖚̈𝖗 𝕿𝖊𝖝𝖆𝖘, reports that Boerne is soon to get electricity.  The Dubinski Electric Company has accepted the contract for the facilities.

1941
Parachutist George Hopkins, a native San Antonian, jumps from a plane and lands on the top of Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming today.  However, his plan for getting down from the mountain goes awry and he has to wait six days in freezing temperatures for rescuers to climb up to him with rappelling equipment.

1981
A new music-only channel appears on UA-Columbia Cablevision in San Antonio…  MTV!

September 6 in San Antonio history…

1944
Ninety-three San Antonio liquor stores signed an agreement to close shop immediately when the Nazis surrender.

1981
Johnny Bush (right) is the featured performer tonight to wind up the grand opening weekend of Texas Dance Hall, ten miles north of the airport on US 281.  He was also the headliner for the grand opening of Randy’s Rodeo in 1968.

1982
Betty Jean Alden’s controversial statue of Samuel Gompers is unveiled along Market Street.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1901
Firemen who saved the Maverick Bank Building from flames recently were treated to a Mexican supper last night by P. H. Swearingen, who has a drugstore on the first floor of the building.

1917
A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

1981
The first jazz mass ever celebrated at a Catholic church in this area – and possibly in the entire Southwest – is held in San Fernando Cathedral.  Jim Cullum and the Happy Jazz Band provided their interpretations of hymns and spirituals to a 7:30 p.m. service conducted by Father Louis White.

July 23 in San Antonio history…

1969
The Apollo 11 astronauts are now 138,568 miles from earth, heading home at 3,653 mph, still on track for a planned splashdown in the Pacific Ocean tomorrow.

1970
Tom Jones, with Count Basie and his Orchestra opening the show, plays Convention Center Arena.

1981
Foley’s opens their first store in San Antonio, located in North Star Mall.

July 21 in San Antonio history…

1955
The position of Assistant City Manager at an annual salary of $12,000 was created in a special ordinance passed by the San Antonio City Council.

1969
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climb aboard the lunar lander and blast off from the moon to rendezvous with Command Module pilot Michael Collins in lunar orbit.

1981
More than 50 people wearing black arm bands and carrying a casket marched from Travis Park and in front of the Majestic Theater protesting the play “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”  The march was called “The Death of Morality March” and was led by Rev. Joe H. West, pastor of Town East Baptist Church and vice president of the Moral Majority in Texas.

July 7 in San Antonio history…

1969
WOAI radio places this ad in San Antonio newspapers (right).

1981
A four-foot square piece of limestone was pried out of the wall of the KENS-TV building today.  Behind the stone was a time capsule consisting of four locked vaults.  They were placed there on July 7, 1956 during the dedication of the then-new home of KENS-TV and KENS Radio.  Susan Howard, who plays Donna Culver on the TV show “Dallas” was on hand to open the vaults.  Master of ceremonies was Joe Alston, better known as “Captain Gus.”

1997
The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County.Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.

April 26 in San Antonio history…

1933
Carol Creighton Burnett is born in San Antonio, near W. Commerce and Rosillo streets.

1981
“Perry Kallison’s (right) Cow Country News and Trading Post” is broadcast for the last time, having been a daily program on KMAC for over 45 years.  KMAC has recently been sold and the new owners want to focus exclusively on music.

1986
Convention Center Arena features the “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion” concert with Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, the Drifters, Martha Reeves, Sam the Sham, the Chantels, the Marcels, the Chiffons, Lloyd Price, Bruce Channel, Jewel Akens and Jimmy Velvet.

February 27 in San Antonio history…

1947
“It’s A Wonderful Life” debuts at the Majestic Theater, two months and six days after its national premiere.

1956
An all-girl vocal group called “The Wailers” makes their debut performance in the “Frolic of Fun” at Phillis Wheatley High School.  The members include Kay Byers, Gloria Himes, Lois Tonsall and 14 year-old Darlene Wright.  Wright would later move to Los Angeles and is today known as Darlene Love.  She was named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Singers.

1981
The Ace in the Hold Band, featuring George Strait, plays Gruene Hall.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

1981
Christopher Cross, with lead singer Chris Geppert of San Antonio, becomes first artist to win all four General Field Grammy awards in one night: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.  They win one more Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

1982
Athens, Georgia’s own B-52’s play their first concert in San Antonio at Rock Saloon. The Judy’s (“Guyana Punch”) from Pearland, TX open the show.

1983
San Francisco band Night Ranger makes their first appearance in San Antonio opening for Alamo City favorite Sammy Hagar (right).

January 26 in San Antonio history…

1904
Autoists and dealers protested City Council’s action limiting speeds of bicycles and cars in San Antonio to six miles per hour.  A good horse can go faster than that, they argued, yet is not so controllable as a mechanical conveyance.

1927
The Plaza Hotel (later the Granada) holds its grand opening.

1981
San Antonio Savings celebrates with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at their new headquarters on Loop 410 at San Pedro.