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November 28 in San Antonio history…

A change of location for tomorrow’s ground-breaking program for the Congregation Agudas Achim’s new synagogue and school building was announced by Rabbi Sidney Guthman.  The new synagogue will be located near Jefferson High School at Donaldson & St. Cloud streets.

The 13,000 sq. ft. Handy Andy store #29 in the Colonies North Shopping Center holds its grand opening.  (This store would later be San Antonio’s first Whole Foods grocery store and is now Big Lots.)

Karen Teresa Daidone is believed to be the first test tube baby born in San Antonio.



November 19 in San Antonio history…

The University of Texas is trying to schedule a Thanksgiving Day game next fall with Notre Dame.  If Notre Dame accepts, it is fairly certain that the Longhorns will play Haskell in San Antonio sometime in the two weeks before Thanksgiving.

J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing criticism of Pompeo Coppini’s Alamo cenotaph and commented: “There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo.”

Trinity University has “A Conversation with Cary Grant” at Laurie Auditorium.  It is Mr. Grant’s last visit to the Alamo City.  He passed away prior to a similar show in Davenport, Iowa on November 29, 1986.

November 18 in San Antonio history…

The Fox Company retail store at 209 Alamo Plaza is destroyed by fire resulting in $150,000 damage and the death of a night watchman.  The film developing and mail order business of the Fox Company at 1734 Broadway is not affected.

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 X15 research rocket plane and the X20 Dyna-Soar manned space craft.


“A Christmas Story” debuts at the Galaxy and Century South theaters.  “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

“The Far Side” and “Calvin & Hobbes” first appear in the San Antonio Express-News, replacing “Porterfield” and “Pavlov,” respectively.

November 5 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The influenza report issued this morning shows great improvement. Only six new cases of influenza were admitted to the base hospital at Ft. Sam Houston. Two deaths were reported also. Camp Travis admitted 49 new cases of flu with two deaths. Twenty-three recovered patients were sent back to duty.

San Antonio voters reject the campaign to fluoridate the water supply, leaving San Antonio as the only major city in Texas without the tooth decay preventative.

Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio newspapers are full of advertisements for patent medicines like Hyomei and Tanlac that are certain to prevent or cure infection from the current influenza epidemic.

The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

George “The Iceman” Gervin is traded to the Chicago Bulls for journeyman forward David Greenwood.   “I really wanted to finish my career in San Antonio, but I found out that wishin’ doesn’t help. Maybe I should have prayed,” said Gervin to the Express-News on the trade.

September 2 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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