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January 25 in San Antonio history…

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.

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…

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

“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…

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

REO Speedwagon and Survivor play Convention Center Arena.

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

December 27 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

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.

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

September 19 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.