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February 19 in San Antonio history…

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The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.

1918 – World War I
Silently eloquent, a new flag hangs over the doorway of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary on Prospect Hill.  It is a service flag with seventeen starts on the red-bordered ground of the flag.

1982
Inebriated rocker Ozzy Osbourne causes a scandal after urinating on the Alamo cenotaph while wearing a dress.  He is arrested and charged with public intoxication.  Later that evening, after posting $40 bail, he performs in concert with UFO and Starfighters in front of 14,500 fans in the Arena.
A few days later, city councilman Bernardo Eureste asks, “Could we have a resolution to forbid this dude from coming back into town?”  Guitarist Randy Rhoads would die in a plane crash exactly one month later, on March 19, 1982.

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February 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Seven planes were damaged during yesterday’s flying at Kelly Field but no serious injuries were received.  Lieutenant Hightower went into a tailspin at 6,000 feet but recovered sufficiently to land on the golf course at Brackenridge Park.

1971
Bobby Sherman performs at Municipal Auditorium, setting teenage hearts aflutter for Valentine’s Day.

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The Irish 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 are $3.

February 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Miss Katherine Stinson, world famous San Antonio girl aviator, has returned to the city from the Pacific coast, where she has been flying in exhibitions during the winter.  Miss Stinson will remain in San Antonio indefinitely, taking up the work as instructor at the Stinson flying school south of the city.

1933
San Antonio begins transition from streetcars to buses, discontinuing the Highland Park, Denver Heights, Beacon Hill, Tobin Hill and South Presa traction lines.

1982
Visitors to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo are treated to a number of improvements inside and outside of the Coliseum, including the brand new Harry Freeman Entertainment Center to the west of the main building.  Concession stands have been spruced up or completely remade.  The Family Center has become the Branding Iron Cafeteria and Club and the Ranch House Restaurant has been renovated completely.

November 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The average American soldier subscribed $75.76 to the Seonc Liberty Loan, making a a total army subscription of $89,273,650.

1982
Comedian Kip Adotta entertains at the San Antonio Comedy Club.

1993
Lanier defeats Fox Tech, 14-7 in the Chili Bowl – the first football game played in the Alamodome.

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1909
President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1917 – World War I
Striking airplane posters by J. Paul Verees, showing the American war plane in flight with its blue star marking, have been received at the departmental aeronautical office at Ft. Sam Houston.  As a result of this campaign, it is expected that men will begin to come into Kelly Field by the thousands within the next few weeks.  “Join the air service and serve in France” is the inscription on the poster.

1982
George Bush speaks at Laurie Auditorium.

October 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
First Lieut. Fenton Harrison McGlachlin died at 8:45 o’clock this evening at the Base Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, from injuries he received Sunday afternoon when an airplane in which he was a passenger, fell to earth. He never regained consciousness after the accident. Lieutenant McGlachlin was the son of Brig. Gen. Edward McGlachlin, commander of the 165th artillery brigade, Camp
Travis, and acted as aide-de-camp to his father.

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“I Love Lucy” premieres at 7:00 p.m. on WOAI-TV (right).

1982
The British band Jethro Tull, named for the inventor of the seed drill, plays Convention Center Arena.  Canadian rockers Saga open the show.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Brigadier generals, colonels, majors, captains and lieutenants, old and young were included in a hard drilling which Maj. J. H. Kohler, master physical instructor at West Point, conducted at Camp Travis this morning.  More than 1,225 officers participated in the setting up exercise which loosened up stiff joins and set their blood to tingling.

1966
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.”

1982
Noise To Go, featuring Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack, plays the Bonham Exchange.  Claude Morgan & the Blast open the show.

 

September 6 in San Antonio history…

1894
San Antonio Female College opens its doors.  In 1916 the college was recognized by the University of Texas as a junior college. The name was changed to Westmoorland College in 1918 and to the University of San Antonio in 1937. In 1942 the institution passed out of Methodist control, and the University of San Antonio was merged with Trinity University.

1970
Pacific Gas & Electric plays the JAM Factory.

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

August 10 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Car [streetcar] service between Camp Kelly and the city will be inaugurated Sunday morning by the operation of a shuttle service from the end of the Collins Garden line to the edge of the military reservation. The Public Service Company plans to maintain half hour schedules between the aviation post and the city car line for the present, and later shorten the schedule as the traffic may demand.

1982
Duval County rancher Clinton Manges and his lawyer, Pat Maloney, purchase the San Antonio Bulls franchise of the American Football Association.  They are looking to buy the San Antonio Spurs basketball team.  Team owner and CEO Angelo Drossos says the Spurs are “not for sale at any price” but later says he would entertain a “legitimate” offer with the understanding that the team would remain in San Antonio.

2011
Merle Haggard makes his penultimate San Antonio appearance at the Majestic Theater.

June 28 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The St. Anthony Hotel holds the formal opening of their Top O’ the Town roof garden, promising “The Most Wonderful Night San Antonio Has Ever Seen” and “A Dinner That Would Have Pleased Lucullus.”

1982 
The St. Anthony Hotel, due to reopen in January after a $10 million renovation, may be renamed.  In April 1981 when the hotel was purchased by Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation, the name was changed to the Hotel St. Anthony Inter-Continental.  According to a company representative, the Hotel is due to be renamed the Hotel Inter-Continental San Antonio – removing St. Anthony completely.

1987
Selena y Los Dinos play a concert in Market Square.