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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.”

1985kaepa
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.”

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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.)

January 25 in San Antonio history…

1910
Word has been received form Washington that President Taft will be asked to promote Col. John L. Clem to Brigadier General.  Clem, who is at Fort Sam Houston, is known as “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.”

1918 – World War I
Two British officers, Maj. C. K. Rhinehardt and Capt. J. Phipps, who are stationed at Camp Taliaferro near Ft. Worth, were making a flight from Ft. Worth to San Antonio yesterday.  They had flown at a high altitude without mishap until a point east of Johnson City, when some of the struts under one of the wings broke.  The plane began to careen and the captain took the controls while the major substituted his body for the missing supports in such a way that the machine could descend.  It landed without injury to either officer.

1985
Ground is broken on the new 239,000 square-foot campus of Texas Military Institute located near Camp Bullis.  Scheduled to open in the fall of 1986, the 60-acre site will include a chapel, media center, computer center, classroom centers, athletic fields, a student center, a fieldhouse/gymnasium/natatorium, residence units for 150 boarders, a fine arts center with a 500-seat theater and administrative staff homes.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

1943
The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

1966
“Batman,” starring Adam West and Burt Ward, premieres on KONO-TV Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m. opposite “The Virginian” and “Lost in Space.”

1985 – SNOW!
Just after midnight, it began to snow in San Antonio.  It snowed all night and most of the next day, finally dropping a record 13 inches of the white stuff on the Alamo City.  The previous record was 4.7 inches on January 30, 1949.

January 5 in San Antonio history…

1918
The Delaware Punch Company of Texas opens their new bottling facility at San Marcos and Granado Streets.

1985
REO Speedwagon and Survivor play Convention Center Arena.

2002
San Antonian Nathan Ross Chapman is the first soldier killed in action in the Afghanistan war.

December 27 in San Antonio history…

1915
Miss Katherine Stinson, one of the nation’s most proficient flyers has promised to make a night flight in this city soon.

1917 – World War I
Construction has started on an ordinance storehouse for storage of ammunition and other ordinance supplies for the troops at Fort Sam Houston.  The building is to be situated near the cavalry corral at the rear of the quadrangle building.  It will be of fire-proof construction, 50 x 100 feet  It will be completed within a month.

1985
Radio stations KONO and KITY are sold by Mission Broadcasting Co. to Dallas-based Duffy Broadcasting Co., ending 60 years of continuous ownership by the Roth family.

November 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Commissions are ready for the Camp Stanley student officers.  Before they are announced, however, the student officers must complete one more week of strenuous training.  Announcement will be made on the morning of Tuesday, November 27, and at 8 o’clock the men will be sworn in.

1963
The San Antonio Light reports that open house for the dedication by President Kennedy of the new Air Force School of Aerospace medical buildings at Brooks Air Force Base will start at 11 a.m. Thursday. A variety of space age displays will be on view, including a display of the X-15 research rocket plane and the X20 Dyna-Soar manned space craft.

1985
The first Calvin & Hobbes cartoon is printed in the San Antonio Express-News (right).

September 19 in San Antonio history…

1880
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is printed.

1956
Inoculation with Salk polio vaccine of about 30,000 Lackland AFB military and civilian personnel began today following the incidence of five paralytic cases at the base.

1985
San Antonio’s City Council passes a no-smoking ordinance for city concert halls banning cigar, cigarette and pipe smoking and the lighting of matches except in restrooms.  Smoking is already prohibited at Municipal Auditorium since it is considered a theater.  Promoter Jack Orbin of Stone City Productions called the council’s actions “clearly unconstitutional” and said he is pursuing legal remedies.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1891
The new bells, forming the St. Joseph’s church peal, were rung for the first time this morning.

1917 – World War I
The hottest temperature of the summer was reached today as the thermometer registered a peak of 104 degrees.

1985
brooke_23Aug1985Brooke Shields appears at Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote “her new collection of Brooke Shields Jeanswear.”