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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.

April 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With mock ceremony and great noise, and laugh-provoking buffoonery, after the passing of a pageant which was the worthy successor of the S. O. S. V. parade  of last year, King St. Vitus and Queen Loco were “crowned” last night on the special stage on Alamo Plaza. King St. Vitus appeared in the person of Edward Raymond and his fair consort was personified by Charles W. Fichtner, round, jolly, but quarrelsome. Bevies of court attaches. Hawaiian dancers, minstrels, buglers and royal personages lent an air of burlesque stateliness that was humorous in the extreme.

1908
A much improved and beautifully terraced Electric Park opened for the season last night. Everything was newly painted and spick and span. A Ferris wheel, largest in the South, has been added to the amusements.

1982
RepublicBank receives a permit from city council to demolish the Texas Theater.  The Conservation Society receives a federal court order to delay the demolition for 60 days.

February 12 in San Antonio history…

1961
African-American and white college students Sunday staged a peaceful but unsuccessful demonstration in an effort to force integration of the Majestic Theater.

1967
A fire swept through Ursuline Academy, gutting a portion of the school that had been built in 1913.  By the time firemen brought the fire under control, only the walls were standing and water pressure knocked down several unstable portions.

1982
Jazz pianist and vocalist Bobby Short performs at La Mansion del Rio.  He famously appeared in the 1970’s commercial for the women’s perfume Charlie (below).

January 19 in San Antonio history…

1947
The long and bitter days and nights in Japanese prison camps were the subject for good-humored retrospect at a party honoring ex-prisoners of war of Bataan, held tonight by General Jonathan Wainwright, Fourth Army commander at his Fort Sam Houston headquarters.  Piece de resistance of the meal was “rice a la prison camp” – a rice soup served in tin pails and cups, reminiscent of the slim daily fare in the Japanese POW camps.

1958
San Antonio oilman-scientist Tom Slick said today it is “entirely possible” a Russian scientist’s claim he spotted two “Abominable Snowmen” is true.  Last year Slick led an expedition in which he photographed tracks believed to have been made by the elusive Himalayan creatures.

1982
Debbie Reynolds performs at the Majestic Theater for the Performing Arts.

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.

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

1984
The San Antonio News publishes its final standalone issue.  Tomorrow, it will be merged with the Express to form the San Antonio Express-News newspaper.

August 14 in San Antonio history…

1895
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.

1917
Colonel Malvern-Hill Barnum, chief of staff of the Southern Department of the Army, made the announcement today that the name Camp Kelly, used informally for years, is now officially Kelly Field.  The government is designating all its aviation posts as fields and not camps, so Camp Kelly must go.

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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.

August 10 in San Antonio history…

1936
County Clerk George Surkey said today that so many people are getting married while drunk that he would issue no marriage licenses after 5 p.m. daily and none on Sundays unless he personally knows the applicants.

1958
A Texas “first” in the new Terrell Plaza Shopping Center here is a new type pay telephone, called the “boothette,” installed in outdoor locations for the convenience of shoppers. The “boothettes” are of two types – a walk-up model and a drive-up.

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.

July 29 in San Antonio history…

1909
The electrically lighted archways over Houston Street extinguished and will be lit no more.

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

1982
Texas-based Point Blank opens for Loverboy in Convention Center Arena.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

1943
A new employee at the San Antonio National Bank, 213 W. Commerce, stepped on the burglar alarm button, causing 10 police cars to dash to the bank.

1969
The fire sprinkler system mysteriously activated at 6:45 a.m. in the Dillard’s department store in Central Park Mall this morning.  Water spilled along floors and was several inches deep in some places. There was some seepage in the stockroom area.  “It will be several hours before we can assess the damage,” store president Huber Hughes said. “Thanks to the the fire department help, we will be open for business as usual.”

1982
Spontaneous combustion caused by towels soaked in linseed oil was believed to be the cause of a $250,000 blaze at the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club on the city’s northwest side.  The towels were left by an employee applying preservative to the floor.  ”Nobody told him about how combustible linseed oil can become when combined with a fiber material and that’s what happened in this case,” said arson detective Larry Foraker.