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May 4 in San Antonio history…

President McKinley is the first President to visit to San Antonio.  He delivers a speech in front of the Alamo.

Little Bobby Ledger bravely stepped to the head of the line at 9 a.m. Tuesday, bared his arm, gritted his teeth and became the first San Antonian inoculated with Salk polio vaccine.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble perform in the Majestic Theater.


May 3 in San Antonio history…

Rather than charge an admission fee to the Witte Memorial Museum, the building will be open to the public only four hours a day and staff salaries temporarily will be cut in half, it was decided today.

Singer-songwriter Mike Reid performs a Pops concert with the San Antonio Symphony in Convention Center Banquet Hall. Because of his occupation as defensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals (1970-1974), he is billed as “The Violent Virtuoso.”  He would later write successful hits for Bonnie Raitt (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”) and Alabama (“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go.”)

Comedian Eddie Murphy performs at Municipal Auditorium. (right)

April 17 in San Antonio history…

J.C. Penney opens their first San Antonio store at 305 W. Commerce Street downtown (right).

Six new motorcycle policemen and a magic-eye speed trap will be put into action on San Antonio streets within a week or ten days.  The magic-eye machine will be used to locate speed areas.

Clarissa Davis of John Jay High School, one of the most sought-after high school basketball recruits in city history, ends months of suspense and signs a letter of intent to play for the University of Texas Longhorns.

February 24 in San Antonio history…

San Antonians who enjoy the Mutt and Jeff cartoons in the San Antonio Light will have the opportunity to see their creator draw these characters in Pathè’s Weekly, showing today at the Wigwam Theater #2.

Sam Pokloff states in the San Antonio Express newspaper that his company, Academy Junk & Salvage, has received a shipment of 1,000 new porcelain teakettles along with some army beds.  The company was founded in 1938 as Academy Tire Shop on South Flores street and named for nearby St. Henry’s Academy.  The company is now known as Academy Sports and Outdoors.

San Antonians are given their first look at the newly refurbished Municipal Auditorium after completion of a two-year renovation project.  The building was gutted in 1979 by a fire started by a workman’s cigarette.

February 9 in San Antonio history…

Airman Donald Farrell is sealed in a cramped steel chamber at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph AFB, to simulate a space flight. The air pressure is half of what it is at sea level and Airman Farrell cannot stand up nor lie down. His test lasts for seven days.

The Beatles make their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, broadcast on KENS Channel 5 at 7:00 p.m (right).  45.3% of U.S. TV households tune in, representing 73 million people — a record for an entertainment program up to that time.

Tom Wopat from TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard” performs with Michael Martin Murphey at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

A permit is issued for the installation of escalator at Joske’s – San Antonio’s first.

The naming of Victor Alessandro as new permanent musical director and conductor of the San Antonio Symphony was announced by Symphony President Jesse H. Oppenheimer.

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.  The Taco Cabana at San Pedro and Hildebrand stays open, too!

January 2 in San Antonio history…

Rather than have the children of the poor steal wood from the premises of the city hospital, Mayor Callaghan announced this morning that he would willing issue and order giving a quantity of wood to the needy.

Sale of new passenger cars and trucks was prohibited throughout the U.S. today under government orders mobilizing the entire auto industry for war production.

The Alamo City receives 2.4 inches of snow for the first time since January 1982 and the highest total since 3.1 inches on Feb. 22, 1966.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

The Randolph Field Ramblers, a team made up of former college athletes serving in the military, play the University of Texas to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl.  This is the only San Antonio team to ever play in the Cotton Bowl and this was the first tie in the bowl game’s history.  Only 15,000 spectators witnessed the game due to heavy rain.

Due to a new state law in effect today, San Antonio drivers of passenger cars or light trucks carrying a child not secured in a car seat will be subject to a fine of between $25 and $50.

December 27 in San Antonio history…

A candle burning at the altar of the Chapel of Miracles, 113 Ruiz street, set fire to the interior of the little church this morning and caused considerable damage before firemen extinguished the blaze.

A mechanized version of the old west’s pony express was inaugurated this morning to provide hourly mail service to a southwest Texas route extending over 2,500 miles – a fleet of four multi-ton “portable bus postoffices” – 35 feet long with 12-cylinder engines.  Many San Antonians braved rainy weather to attend a pre-inaugural ceremony held locally at Alamo Plaza.

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 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.