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July 31 in San Antonio history…

1971
San Antonian David Scott and fellow astronaut James Irwin, become the first people to drive a car somewhere other than earth as they take NASA’s lunar rover for a spin on the surface of the moon.

1978
Tropical Storm Amelia stalls over South Texas, beginning three days of continuous rain over the Guadalupe River basin leading to widespread flooding and evacuations. Medina receives 48″ of rain, a record not only for Texas but any tropical cyclone impacting the continental United States.

1985
College radio darlings R.E.M. play San Antonio for the first time at the Majestic Theater.  True West opens the show.

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July 22 in San Antonio history….

1942
A photostatic copy of the original floor plan of an old Spanish fort in San Antonio, drawn in 1805 by Francisco Adam, was brought to San Antonio recently by Bascom Giles, commissioner of the general land office. Situated on the present site of city hall, the fort was more than 300 feet long.

1969
Apollo 11 left lunar orbit at 11:55 p.m last night and is heading for earth at a speed of 2,924 m.p.h.

1985
The San Antonio Gunslingers release all 46 players just before the deadline to pay them.

June 29 in San Antonio history…

1904
Constable Charles Stevens and City Marshal Irvin praised the county’s new-fangled automobile for enabling them to reach the scene of a crime seven miles from the courthouse in just 40 minutes.

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San Antonio’s new Water Park U.S.A., located off Interstate 35 between Binz-Engleman and Coliseum Road, holds its grand opening. (It is now known as Splashtown U.S.A.)

2013
San Antonio reaches its all-time high temperature for the month of June – 108 degrees.

May 4 in San Antonio history…

1901
President McKinley is the first President to visit to San Antonio.  He delivers a speech in front of the Alamo.

1954
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.

1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble perform in the Majestic Theater.

May 3 in San Antonio history…

1932
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.

1972
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.”)

1985
Comedian Eddie Murphy performs at Municipal Auditorium. (right)

April 17 in San Antonio history…

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

1942
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.

1985
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…

1913
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.

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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.

1985
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…

1958
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.

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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.

1985
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…

1941
A permit is issued for the installation of escalator at Joske’s – San Antonio’s first.

1951
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…

1909
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.

1942
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.

1985
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.