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June 29 in San Antonio history…

1946
The 70th polio case reported in the city ties the count from the 1942 epidemic in San Antonio.  In that year a total of 70 cases occurred and that number has been matched in just the last two months.

1956
Rock and roll records were removed from juke boxes at city swimming pools because of, according to the assistant parks director, “undesirable incidents” which allegedly were caused by the music.

1985001
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.)

February 25 in San Antonio history…

1878
The Dreiss building on Alamo Plaza is completed.

1942
Trinity University, a Presbyterian institution in Waxahachie, agrees to relocate to San Antonio and merge with the University of San Antonio, a Methodist university.

1985
Due to a dispute over the teams failure to provide sideline passes and parking permits, the San Antonio Gunslinger mascot quits and walks out of the stadium in the fourth quarter of the Gunslingers’ game vs. Memphis.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

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

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
A winter storm rolls into the Alamo City bringing much more than the one inch of snow predicted by weathercasters.  San Antonio is covered with an amazing 10-inch snowfall with two more inches of the white stuff predicted for tomorrow.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

1898
Work of tearing down the old building where the Stowers Furniture Company’s new building is to be erected was begun yesterday. The building will be ready for occupancy next June.

1910
The Western Star gambling house was razed today.  The two-story frame structure, founded 40 to 45 years ago as The Old Gray Mule, was one of the largest gambling houses in the city.

1985
Weathermen issue a winter storm watch for San Antonio with low temperatures for tomorrow in the low 20’s and a 50% chance of snow.  Tomorrow’s high temperature is predicted to be only in the high 20’s.

 

January 2 in San Antonio history…

1903
The Traction Company has placed vestibule (closed) cars on its lines to the Hot Wells. The new style cars were appreciated by the employees Wednesday evening, one of the year’s most disagreeable nights.

1948
After six month’s preparation, Joske’s of Texas launches its year-long Diamond Jubilee celebration.  Customers arriving at Joske’s are greeted with an 11-window series of historical displays marking outstanding events in San Antonio during the past 75 years, such as the first train, the first Battle of Flowers parade, Teddy Roosevelt recruiting the Rough Riders in the Menger Hotel, the first Wright Bros. airplane in San Antonio, the flood of 1921, and others.

1985
The Alamo City receives snow for the first time since January 1982 and the 2.4 inches are the highest total since 3.1 inches on Feb. 22, 1966.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

1961
The legendary Etta James plays Eastwood Country Club.

1985
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.

1986
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is shown for the first time ever at the Woodlawn Theater (right).

September 2 in San Antonio history…

1963
KENS Channel 5 begins broadcasting the new expanded half-hour CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite at 5:30 p.m.  The CBS news will be followed by a half-hour local newscast with Jim Abbott, Dan Cook and Jerry Zimmerman.

1975
Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

1985
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.

September 1 in San Antonio history…

1905
A deed was filed in the county clerk’s office this morning in which Clara Driscoll transferred the Alamo property to the State of Texas in consideration
of $65,000. The property is described as follows: The Hugo & Schmeltzer property, formerly a part of the old Alamo mission and adjoining the Alamo church property now owned by the state. The property Is bounded on the north by Houston street, east by the Alamo ditch, south by the Alamo and Alamo Plaza and west by Alamo Plaza.

1961
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.

1985
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…

1958
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.

1985
brooke_23Aug1985Brooke Shields appears at Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote “her new collection of Brooke Shields Jeanswear.”

1994
Hootie & the Blowfish play Sneakers nightclub in their first San Antonio appearance. God’s Child opens the show.

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.