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November 8 in San Antonio history….

Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

German rock group Scorpions make their first appearance in San Antonio, as the opening act for Sammy Hagar and Pat Travers at Convention Center Arena.

Don Novello, better known to fans of Saturday Night Live as Father Guido Sarducci, performs at San Antonio Comedy Club.

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.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

The Alamo Heights class of 1965, including future RoboCop, Peter Weller (right), celebrates its commencement ceremony on the football field.  The class consists of 460 graduates and the previous commencement site of Sunken Gardens was deemed to be too small.

The San Antonio Bulls win their American Football Association season opener against a team the Express-News calls, “a rag-tag assemblage of football fumblers who called themselves the Oklahoma City Drillers.  Perhaps the Drillees would have been more appropriate.”  Final score:  Bulls 76, Drillers 0.  (This score was one point short of tying the AFA single season record of 77 points, also set by San Antonio, against Ft. Worth in 1977.)

San Antonio native Linda Finch completes an around-the-world flight in a Lockheed Electra to commemorate Amelia Earhart’s ill-fated attempt sixty years earlier.

May 12 in San Antonio history…

The Hearst Corporation buys the San Antonio Light newspaper.

Re-erection of the classic Greek front of the old Market House as part of the stage of the proposed amphitheater in the site of the Sunken Garden in Brackenridge Park is proposed.  The proposition is under consideration by Commissioner of Parks Ray Lambert and members of the Conservation Society.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band bring their Detroit sound to Convention Center Arena.  The opening act is a rock singer who had recently auditioned to be lead vocalist for Black Sabbath named Michael Bolton.

May 10 in San Antonio history…

KELLEY-George-E.M.-Second-Lieutenant-U.S.-Army-in-Curtiss-Trainer-1911Lt. George E. Kelly (right) is killed in air crash at Camp Travis (flying Army Aeroplane #2 – a Curtiss Model D Type IV). Kelly Field and later Kelly Air Force Base would be named for him.

Parliament/Funkadelic, with George Clinton, plays Convention Center Arena.

City officials took a sledgehammer and bashed in one of the walls of the Guadalupe Theater today to symbolize the beginning of the renovation as part of the Plaza Guadalupe project.  Renewal of the theater is expected to cost from $650,000 to $1 million and is to be completed by December.

May 5 in San Antonio history…

Mission Concepcion is established.

A movement has begun to have painted oil pictures of all San Antonio’s Mayors to be hung in the council chamber of the City Hall, starting with the first and coming down to the present official.  It is said that likenesses can be secured of them all and the idea is generally endorsed by those who have heard of it.

President Reagan comes to San Antonio a brief two hour visit, during which he gives a 10-minute speech at La Villita, saying, “Cinco de Mayo reminds us of the love of liberty found on both sides of the border, and in this love of liberty, you, who are Americans of Mexican descent, link our two peoples.”  Afterwards, Reagan attends a private reception with the City Council and invited guests.

May 1 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

KCOR, owned by Raoul Cortez, becomes the first full-time Spanish language radio station in the United States.

Isolated by a virtual army of police officers, 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan were forced into a private march in downtown San Antonio. Using more than a third of the police force, including two officers per marcher and 300 more blocking off the march area, Police Chief Robert Heuck estimated it cost the city $40,000 to provide security for the Klan.  Though successful in keeping the peace, the police were labeled “Gestapo” by the KKK members and booed by the counter-protesters.

March 25 in San Antonio history…

The city limits are fixed at “one league in every direction from the city church (San Fernando).”

An old grant, it has been discovered, gives the Alamo property nine more feet on the south side of the structure than it now occupies.

The Convention Center Arena hosts a concert with Prince, The Time and Vanity 6.

February 28 in San Antonio history…

Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.

San Antonio’s old Spanish missions, long a major tourist attraction, are fast crumbling away. They are close to being nothing but piles of stone.

Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

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).

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.

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