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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.

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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.”

July 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Gustave Beraud, manager of the Hot Wells Hotel, offers a special invitation and daily rate to the “army men” of Camp Funston.

1985
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, with opening act Lone Justice, play Convention Center Arena.

2005
Construction begins on the $154.7 million Loop 410/Highway 281 interchange, the largest road construction project in the history of San Antonio.

 

June 27 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The second contingent of American troops arrived and disembarked this morning at an unnamed port in France. The troops landed amid the frantic cheers of the people who had gathered for hours before in anticipation of duplicating yesterday’s surprise. Enthusiasm rose to fever pitch when it was learned that the transports and convoys had successfully passed the submarine
zone. The port was speedily beflagged in honor of the occasion. Major General Pershing, the American commander, is expected tomorrow.

1963
San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to African-Americans.

1985
The Majestic Theater features a concert with Johnny Winter, his brother, Edgar, and Gregg Allman.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1917wake_up_america
Less than two weeks after the U.S. declares war on Germany, New York’s Mayor’s Committee on National Defense began planning a national recruiting event, called “Wake Up America Day,” to be held less than two weeks later, on Thursday, April 19, the anniversary of the battle at Lexington and Concord. By April 10, six governors and 80 mayors in 36 states had signed on. Cities across the country planned parades, meetings and demonstrations, along with midnight church bells and horseback-riding messengers dressed as Paul Revere trotting through the streets. In Manhattan, Miss Jean Earl Moehle played the part of the well-known patriot.  Unfortunately, the patriotism failed to spur an increase in recruiting and a draft was instituted in May.

1957
San Antonio oilman Tom Slick was quoted from Katamandu, Nepal, as saying his exploring party had found three sets of mysterious tracks which he is convinced were made by the fabled “Abominable Snowman” of the Himalayas.

1985
A set of twins, the first children in the world to be born as a result of the gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) method, are born in San Antonio at Methodist Hospital.

1991
Longtime album-oriented rock station 99.5 KISS changes formats and begins simulcasting the 50’s and 60’s oldies format of 930 KOOL AM.  Eight full-time and part-time disc jockeys are fired as a result.  Reaction from listeners is swift and harsh.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

2006
The SBC Center is officially renamed the AT&T Center.

January 2 in San Antonio history…

1944
Olivia DeHavilland, brown-haired movie star, visits patients at Brooke General Hospital.

1954
Teen-age vandals set fire to the 55-foot municipal Christmas tree on Alamo Plaza. Only the steel frame and a charred utility pole remained.

1985
Derrick Gervin, younger brother of George “Iceman” Gervin, scores 51 points for the UTSA Roadrunners as they defeat Baylor, 101-91, in the UTSA Convocation Center.

December 7 in San Antonio history…

1835
A Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Verimendi Palace. Two others die in the assault.

19411941
Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii – the main naval base in the Pacific for the U.S. fleet – is bombed in a surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese military forces.  The news reaches San Antonio too late for the major papers, although Extra editions are printed.

1985
“The Iceman” George Gervin returns to San Antonio with his new team, the Chicago Bulls, after having been traded on October 24.  Gervin scores 21 and Quintin Dailey scores 24 to lead the Bulls over the Spurs, 131-123.  Bulls sensation, Michael Jordan, misses the game with a broken foot.

 

November 6 in San Antonio history…

1958
The Witte Museum was offered and accepted a gift of $225,000 today from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Friedrich.  The money will be used to expand and landscape the present facility.

1983
Don Novello, who has appeared on TV shows Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Saturday Night Live as his character Father Guido Sarducci, performs at the San Antonio Comedy Club.

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San Antonio’s first independent general entertainment television station, KRRT, goes on the air on UHF channel 35.  IT would become a charter Fox affiliate in 1987, a UPN station in 1995, WB in 1998, MyNetwork TV in 2006 and is now The CW with  the call letters KMYS.

September 14 in San Antonio history…

1851
The Catholic Ursuline Order of nuns opens the first school for girls in San Antonio.

1884
The first bell to peal a call to Protestant worship in San Antonio at Rev. Wesley DeVilbiss’ Paine Methodist Church (now Travis Park United Methodist) was given to the Church of Strangers on Tenth St.

1985
A Southern Pacific train derails on a trestle near Macdona and dumps 42,000 gallons of highly toxic sulfuric acid into the Medina River.  The acid wipes out much of the river’s fish.   Within a day of the spill, railway officials add lime to the river in a move to neutralize the acid but add too much and compound the problem.  State game and fish officials estimate the monetary loss of the fish alone at $119,808.40.