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September 2 in San Antonio history…

1975
Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

1985
San Antonio’s newest high school, William Howard Taft High School opens on Farm Road 471 outside 1604 with 1,050 students and no seniors.  Their mascot is the Raider with the school colors of red and white.

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Longtime San Antonio country & western radio station KBUC 107.5 FM switches formats to become a Spanish music station with call letters KZVE.  Well-known KBUC d.j.’s Bruce Hathaway, Ron Houston and Max Gardner are terminated, along with the rest of the staff.

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September 1 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Southwestern Telephone & Telegraph asks people to stop phoning the operators for the time of day (right).

1961
Texas, rich in natural resources, had gone 125 years without a sales tax, but finally joined 36 sisters states that have had the levy for up to 25 years or more.

1980
Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year.  Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.

1985
San Antonio merchants were happy as the 24-year old Texas Blue Laws were repealed today.  However, San Antonio drivers were annoyed as a mandatory seat belt law took effect.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

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The newest and biggest addition to the San Antonio Public Library’s fleet of four bookmobiles went into service today.  The green and cream bookmobile, complete with a stork emblem indicating its new arrival, went into service at the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center.

1985
Brooke Shields appears at Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote “her new collection of Brooke Shields Jeanswear.”

August 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that San Antonio is the only city in the United States home to two flying aces:  Lt. Edgar Tobin, of the Lafayette Espadrille, and Lt. Edmund G. Chamberlain, of the Marine Flying Corps.

1982
Robert E. Lee High School alumnus and Minnesota Viking quarterback Tommy Kramer throws an 11-yard touchdown pass to Joe Senser in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.  This is the first touchdown scored in the new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

1985
Texas author and storyteller John Henry Faulk comes to Rosenberg’s Bookstore to sign copies of his latest book, “The Uncensored John Henry Faulk.”

August 2 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Recent reports from the Western Front have indicated that a new malady called “Spanish influenza” and “Flanders fever” has been causing much trouble in the German armies.  The allies have not suffered from this illness to any large extent but, among the German troops, entire companies have been put out of action.

1976
Elvis Presley plays the Convention Center Arena for his final San Antonio appearance.

1985
Four San Antonio movie theaters offer the complete Star Wars trilogy for $5 beginning today: Northwest, Galaxy, South Park Mall and Ingram Mall 6.

July 31 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
An order issued at Camp Travis orders that the telephones installed in the camp are for official business and their use for other purposes is prohibited.  Pay stations are installed in the camp for the use of those who have unofficial or social calls to make and if the present number is insufficient, the telephone company will install additional pay stations upon request.

1975
KMOL-TV (formerly WOAI) brings footage from a “mini-cam” to their news broadcasts.  With the “mini-cam” as part of the 4 Big News team, KMOL-TV will be able to cover live events such as major decisions at City Hall, local sporting events and other significant news events as they happen.

1985
Athens, Georgia’s R.E.M. makes their debut in San Antonio in the Majestic Theater with True West opening.

July 30 in San Antonio history…

1958
County Commissioners Court changed the name of Bexar County Coliseum to Joe Freeman Coliseum.  In changing the name of the building, members of the court noted that “through his untiring efforts and unselfish and liberal donations, Joe Freeman, an outstanding citizen of San Antonio and Bexar County, is responsible for a coliseum of which all Bexar County may be proud.”

1985
Convention Center Arena features hair-metal favorites Ratt and opening act Bon Jovi.

1990
Sixty feet of the new flood-control tunnel under construction collapses, leaving a 620-ton boring machine stuck 150 feet beneath Brackenridge High School.  The collapse boosted the price of the tunnel by $10 million and left the Ohbayashi Corporation and the Army Corps of Engineers perplexed as to how to complete the boring through unstable soil.

July 8 in San Antonio history…

1902
The Congregation of Temple Beth-El is issued a permit to erect a synagogue on Travis St. to cost $35,000.

1918
The San Antonio Light advertises that the Bexar County Humane Society has “a pretty ten day old baby girl up for adoption.  Anyone wishing to adopt the girl can find officials of the society at 207 Frost Building.”

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San Antonio-based Kaepa changes their shoe logo from the swirled-K (right) to the two triangle “double delta.”  Kaepa President Tom Adams says, “From a distance, the original logo just looked like a blob.”

July 5 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Kelly Field sent its baseball team to Corpus Christi to play the Fifth Engineers yesterday in the same manner Brooks Field did two weeks ago.  “If a man had an automobile he would not ride in an ox cart,” they say.  “So, why should men from the aviation section of the Signal Corps use a train?”

1978
The city swimming pools are back in operation today after a “sick-in” by 85 of the city’s 95 lifeguards closed 17 of the 19 city swimming pools.  The “sick-in” was staged to protest the low wages lifeguards are now being paid by the City of San Antonio.  They want their hourly wages increased from $2.65 to $3.50.

1985
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make their first appearance in San Antonio at the Convention Center Arena with Lone Justice opening.

June 29 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The government today ended the fiscal year, the first fiscal year of the war – on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  Reports state that the cost of the war since July 1, 1917 has been $12,600,000,000.  The war effort drains $50 million from the government daily.  In peacetime, the government spent less than $1 billion annually.  With the addition of the $1.2 billion spent on the war before this fiscal year, the cost has been $13.8 billion so far.

1956
Rock and roll records were removed from juke boxes at city swimming pools because, according to the assistant parks director, of “undesirable incidents” which allegedly were caused by the music.

1985
After a week’s delay due to four days of rain totaling more than two inches, Water Park U.S.A. holds its grand opening.  The $10 million water park is located off Interstate 35 between Coliseum Drive and Binz-Engleman Road.  (The park is now known as Splashtown San Antonio.)