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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.

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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.

November 30 in San Antonio history…

1923
Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield), as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies.  It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.

1977
“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Crosby recorded the Christmas special a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977.  The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”

1981
UTSA make its intercollegiate basketball debut against the defending SWC Champion Arkansas Razorbacks in Convention Center Arena.  The Razorbacks crush the Roadrunners, 71-42.  “It wasn’t something we can be proud of but it’s a start,” says UTSA coach Don Eddy after the game.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Empire Theatre is remodeled and opens as the Majestic Theater today.  Featured entertainment includes Thomas J. Keogh, Josephine Jacoby and the Edison Kinetograph of the London Steeplechase.  (Neither of these are the current Empire and Majestic theaters.)

1918
Thousands of people crowded the sidewalks of the main streets of the city this afternoon to see San Antonio’s United War Work and Victory parade.  In order that everyone would have an opportunity to see the biggest parade the city has known, Mayor Bell declared a half-holiday today beginning at noon.

1981
Country stars Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle perform together in Convention Center Arena.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonio stores offer a phonograph recording of General Pershing “from the battlefields of France” for $1.25 (right).

1937
Five Japanese army officers paid a visit to Randolph Air Base today to inspect Army training planes and methods. They said Japan hopes to build a large air fleet.

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 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I 
Col. R. Smith-Barry, Lieut. Col. George Philippi and Major Henan, all of the Royal Air Force, who are now on a tour of the flying fields of the United States, will leave San Antonio later today after visiting Brooks and Kelly Fields.

1941
The first general meeting of the San Antonio civil defense organization was held in the Gunter Hotel and resulted in a collection of many aluminum pots and pans.

1981
The Jacksons, featuring lead singer Michael Jackson, play a concert in Hemisfair Arena, the fifth stop on a tour that began July 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.