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February 18 in San Antonio history…

Maury Maverick Jr. helps to unveil the new historical marker on the east side of the Frost Bank Building on Commerce Street.  The marker marks the site of the surrender of Union forces in Texas in 1861.

Townes Van Zandt plays the Beauregard on South Alamo.

The San Antonio Spurs’ Alvin Robertson becomes the second player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals against the Phoenix Suns.  The Spurs win, 120-114.  Robertson remains the only player to set the mark with double figures in steals instead of blocks.


February 10 in San Antonio history…

A resolution is passed by city council to donate 40 acres of ground to the military on the eastern  portion of the city, on the site of the government corral near the present site of the post.  By this  grant, San Antonio won the military from Austin.  The post would become Fort Sam Houston.

When Sgt. A. F. Farrar jumped from a disabled Dodd Field plane, the form-fitting, back-type parachute designed by Master Sgt. E. H. Nichols, Brooks Field, received its first emergency test and proved highly successful.

George Strait plays the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

Patrick J. Moree and Paula D. Bridges become the first couple to marry in a San Antonio river barge.

Canadian rock trio Rush brings their “Power Windows Tour” to the San Antonio Convention Center Arena.  The Steve Morse Band opens.

Rosa Parks is the guest of honor for San Antonio’s inaugural Martin Luther King Day Freedom March. She is chauffeured along the route in a General Motors 3102 owned by VIA and used by the transit system from 1952 to 1963.


January 8 in San Antonio history…

Andre the Giant, at 7’4″ and 425 lbs., wrestles “little” Ernie Ladd, who measures 6’9″ and 275 lbs., as the main event of the Wrestlethon Inc. card at Municipal Auditorium.  The second main event is Jose Lothario vs. Billy “Super Star” Graham.

The English punk band, Sex Pistols, play a notorious gig at the country & western nightclub, Randy’s Rodeo – the third stop on a seven date U.S. tour.  The band starts off playing songs from “Never Mind the Bollocks,” released only three months earlier, but lead singer Johnny Rotten nearly incites a riot after insulting the C&W faction of the audience.  The band is pelted by beer cans and food and one audience member is hit by Sid Vicious’s bass guitar but the show continues.  The band would never tour the U.S. again.

The legendary Eastwood Country Club on San Antonio’s East Side is destroyed by fire.  Eastwood hosted many legendary performers through the years, such as Etta James, the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Bobby Blue Bland, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner and, of course, Miss Wiggles. (Photo from the San Antonio Register.)

December 4 in San Antonio history…

Colonies North Shopping Center opens for business at Wurzbach and Ironside Drive.  Stores include:  Handy Andy, Winn’s, Michael’s (clothing), Treasure Cove, Cheer Shop liquor store, M&M Hardware and  Colony Furniture Mart.

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John Mayall headlines a concert at the Municipal Auditorium with opening acts Delbert [McClinton] & Glen [Clark] and Jim Croce. This is Jim Croce’s only appearance in San Antonio.

U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches a patron at Earl Abel’s for calling him a communist.

November 4 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Terms of an armistice under which the land and sea forces of what once was the Austro-Hungarian empire, have laid down their arms were announced today simultaneously in Washington and the allied capitals.

Perry Como records his Christmas television special at the Lila Cockrell Theater from 6:45 to 8 p.m.  Formal attire is required.

A fireworks and laser show before a Spurs game triggers a sensor on a water cannon in the Alamodome, unleashing a torrent of water that soaks hundreds of fans and delays the game for 50 minutes.  31 fans are injured in the scramble to dry ground and the Spurs lose to the Golden State Warriors, 123-118.

October 31 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Austrian forces have requested terms for an armistice from the Italians, who have passed along the request to the Allies.  Turkey has surrendered unconditionally.

Beethoven Hall. South Alamo street, San Antonio’s largest auditorium, was partially destroyed by a fire that broke out at 10:45 p.m. this evening. The building, valued at $40,000, suffered damages of $25,000, it was estimated today. The origin of the blaze has not yet been fully determined. Delay in sounding the alarm permitted the fire  to gain great headway, as members of the Beethoven Maennerchor in the club room did not heed cries of “fire,” believing practical jokers were intent on making them victims of a Hallowe’en prank.

The new Marshall Field’s store and wing in North Star Mall are opened to the public today, with Mayor Henry Cisneros and actress Carol Burnett doing the ribbon-cutting honors.

October 29 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
One hundred recovered pneumonia patients were issued twenty day furloughs this morning at the Base Hospital, Ft. Sam Houston.  That shows the conditions at the Ft. Sam Houston hospital are steadily improving.

The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right).  The day is inauspicious due to the second day of panic selling on Wall Street.  The stock market crash reaches its crescendo today and will come to be known as “Black Tuesday.”

Arthur “Hap” Veltman, an active developer of food and drink establishments and assorted commercial properties in San Antonio, says he has found a buyer for his holdings in a large downtown nightclub, the Bonham Exchange at 411 Bonham.  However, the San Antonio developer did not reveal who the buyer is.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light features an advertisement for the Boys’ Working Reserve, a new program developed by the Department of Labor “to mobilize the boy power of the nation.”  Boys 16 to 21 years of age can enlist to work on farms for six weeks or so during the summer.

Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Cabaret club in Bandera, Texas.

Blockbuster Video announces its first San Antonio location at 9885 IH-10 West in the Colonnade. They would acquire the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus retail chains in 1992, but declare bankruptcy on Sept. 23, 2010.

April 27 in San Antonio history…

The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

1918 – World War I
H. S. Reed, a farmer, was taken from his home near Edinburg, fifteen miles north of McAllen today.  He was badly beaten and shot through the shoulder for allegedly refusing to subscribe for Liberty Bonds.  Reed refuses to talk and his assailants are unknown to police officers.

The first heart transplant in San Antonio was performed by a team of surgeons from Medical Center Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.