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February 14 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio’s Klan #31 branch of the Ku Klux Klan donates $15 to Second Baptist Church, an African-American congregation, toward their expansion fundraising goal of $5,000.  Rev. I. H. Kelley is dismissed for accepting the money.

Thieves who possibly came in the guise of worshipers took a crucifix two and one-half feet high, several glasses, and altar candles from the Shrine of the Little Flower, located at Kentucky Avenue and Zarzamora Street, it was reported today.

The Irish now-supergroup U2 (right) makes their first appearance in San Antonio, playing at Cardi’s – a briefly renamed Randy’s Rodeo, promoting their current album “October.”  Tickets were $4. (Photo by Al Rendon)

February 7 in San Antonio history…

The Beach Boys perform at Municipal Auditorium.  Opening acts are San Antonio favorites Rene & Rene and a band from Detroit known as the Bob Seger System.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority begins using new RTS-II buses on various routes in the city.  San Antonio is the second city in the US to obtain this type of bus.  121 buses are purchased and will be fully operational by March.

At 8:19 a.m., 220 pounds of dynamite is detonated and the 69 year-old G.A Stowers building, located at Main and Houston streets, is turned into a 20-foot high pile of rubble and dust.

January 3 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Field was selected today as the first choice of the committee appointed to recommend a name for the new school stadium.  Chili Bowl, the favorite name of the majority of citizens who signified a preference by writing in to the school board was not included on the list. Some names recommended after a two-hour meeting included : Alamo Field, Alta Vista Stadium, Bexar Bowl, Blue Bonnet Field, Cactus Field, Fiesta Bowl, Huisache Bowl, Laurel Field, Mission Stadium, San Antonio Stadium and Hollers Field, the latter in honor of Dr. James P. Hollers, president of the school board, whose efforts brought about the stadium’s construction.  It was also suggested that if such a name as Alamo Field be selected, that the sections be named after Texas heroes instead of being numbered.  [The stadium would be officially named, and is still, Alamo Stadium.  The sections are numbered. – Ed.]

An application for through airline service from San Antonio to Los Angeles, California has been made with the Civil Aeronautics Authority by Continental Airlines.  The proposed route will be via Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, whereas it previously extended to El Paso.

The Broadway Theater (right) closes.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

Noise to Go, featuring ex-Ace and Squeeze lead singer, Paul Carrack, and Nick Lowe plays the Bonham Exchange in support of Carrack’s newest album “Suburban Voodoo.”

The two Confederate cannons that guarded Travis Park since 1899 are trucked away to be placed in storage until park renovations are completed.

September 6 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

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

August 14 in San Antonio history…

Ground is broken for the main building of Our Lady of the Lake Academy.  Originally, the name was to be “St. Mary’s of the Lake” but Bishop Forest persuaded Mother Florence that there were so many St. Mary’s in San Antonio that another name might be more appropriate.  With that, the name was changed to Our Lady of the Lake.

City Council decided today to increase parking meter rates.  The new ordinance will require 20 cents for an hour of parking time, instead of the current price of 10 cents.

Workers spend five hours removing the 4,000-pound marquee from the Texas Theater (right) only to have it bend and crumble due to structural rust.  The marquee was due to have been donated to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

June 26 in San Antonio history…

The War Department separated part of Kelly Field for an aviation cadet training center, later renaming it for Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland.

George Strait and the Ace in the Hole Band play Gruene Hall.

The San Antonio Spurs win their first NBA championship with a game five victory over the New York Knicks (right).

June 24 in San Antonio history…

Mayor Maverick today has obtained from Aubrey Williams, NYA director, a commitment for $100,00 of NYA funds for restoration of the Villita Street Spanish Village.

Close on the heels of a state law authorizing expenditures of $1500 for maintenance and improvements, a crew of ten men are doing clean-up work today on the 18-acre San Jose park. I. A. Hirsch, project supervisor, said the job would require about three weeks.   “It undoubtedly will take several years to complete preservation and restoration of the mission,” said Frank D. Quinn, executive secretary of the Texas State Parks Board.

Rick James performs at Convention Center Arena.

June 5 in San Antonio history…

The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.

The University of Texas Graduate School opens at 4203 Woodcock in the Koger Executive Center.  Dr. Kenneth Ashmore, executive vice president of UTSA, said, “We’re approaching the first major objective of the institution and that is to open here.  The second objective is to open the main campus in September 1975.”

Comedian Robin Williams entertains at the Majestic Theater.

May 20 in San Antonio history…

Municipal Auditorium features a concert with Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, Carl Perkins, Jean Shepard, Hawkshaw Hawkins plus an extra added attraction = a young Texas singer named George Jones.

City council votes unanimously to deny use of city facilities to John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, after his arrest in San Antonio the previous February for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph.  He will not perform in San Antonio again until October 1, 1992.

The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.