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September 13 in San Antonio history

“The Picture of Dorian Gray,” based on an 1890 novel by Oscar Wilde, premieres at the Texas Theater.  The movie features Hurd Hatfield, Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed.  Mr. Wilde visited San Antono in 1882 and lectured at Turner Opera Hall (now the Bonham Exchange.)

The R.C. Cole High School Golden Cougars win their first football game, 8-0, over the Comfort Bobcats.

Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School.  He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)


August 8 in San Antonio history…

Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra begin a one-week engagement at the Olmos Dinner Club on San Pedro Avenue.

The Parks Department today started its fourth round of DDT spraying of the city. Each round takes about 20 days at a cost of $300 a day according to Joe Ridgeway, superintendent of rivers and ditches

The doors close for the final time on the downtown Joske’s store (right) to prepare for a storewide renovation and transformation into Dillard’s.

July 10 in San Antonio history…

The Joske Brothers Company announces the purchase from John R. Herff for $35,000 cash the property immediately in the rear of their department store, now occupied by the Palace Stables.  The property lies in the triangle formed by Saint Joseph’s, Blum and Bonham streets.

Legendary bluesman Muddy Waters plays at concert at the Carver Center.

A solemn observance at the Alamo today marks the end of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas’ 110-year custodianship of the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

June 6 in San Antonio history…

Seventy-five years ago today, the long-anticipated Allied invasion of the European continent begins.  Today is D-Day!  The invasion force of 156,000 Allied troops, along with 5,000 ships and landing craft and 11,000 planes fight the German defenders along the beaches of Normandy, France.

A C-97 Stratofreighter from Kelly Air Force Base crashes near Somerset and Palo Alto roads shortly after takeoff, killing all aboard.  The crash also injures a few people working at the nearby Grey Eagle Tavern and Gauna Bros. Service Station.  This was only the second crash of a C-97 since they began flying in 1944.

The Bangles, along with opening act Cutting Crew, perform at the Sunken Garden Theater.

May 6 in San Antonio history…

The Grenet Alamo property is sold for $40,200 to Hugo & Schmeltzer (right).

The Hugo & Schmeltzer property on Alamo Plaza is condemned by City Council.

Singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt plays the Leon Springs Cafe.

May 2 in San Antonio history…

When Homer Brooks, state secretary for the Communist Party and husband of Emma Tenayuca, attempted to speak at a party rally in Haymarket Plaza, he was drowned out by the crowd singing The Eyes of Texas.

Alamo Heights police were holding three ex-convicts Friday who were flushed as they rolled a 500-pound safe along a Broadway sidewalk. Heights Police Sgt. Eddie Brendler arrested the three at 1 a.m. after boxing them up on a dead end street.

B. W. Stevenson plays the Leon Springs Cafe.

April 30 in San Antonio history…

City Brewery - 1884

The City Brewery (Pearl) holds its grand opening.

Crowded House plays the Woodlawn Theater promoting their debut album.

The former Mission Drive-In Theater opens as the 16,400 square foot Mission Branch Library.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

Juan N. Seguin, in a letter to General Bee of this city, positively asserts that the charred bones and ashes of the Alamo defenders, burned by Santa Anna’s orders, were collected in an urn and deposited in a grave which the Seguin had dug inside of the cathedral of San Fernando, in front of the altar close to the railing.(from the April 21, 1889 San Antonio Light newspaper)

King Antonio XXIII, George Friedrich, directs his armada of more than 50 boats down the San Antonio River in the first ever Fiesta River Fête.  This replaces the previous tradition of King Antonio arriving in the city by royal coach.  The ceremony also serves as a formal dedication of the River Beautification Project.

The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown.  Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.

April 13 in San Antonio history…

Dillard’s reaches an agreement with the Allied Stores Corporation and their new owner, the Campeau Corporation, to purchase the 27 Joske’s stores in Texas and Arizona.  Some of the Dillard stores in Texas have competed with Joske’s, and William Dillard Sr., Dillard’s chairman, called the merger ”an important strategic step for our company, which will significantly enhance our presence in Texas and Tennessee.”

Taco Cabana buys Sombrero Rosa.

Albertson’s closes all 20 of their San Antonio stores at 7 p.m.  The company had already closed stores in Laredo, Corpus Christi, Pharr, Mission, Harlingen, San Juan, Edinburg, Brownsville and Weslaco on March 17.

February 26 in San Antonio history…

Amelia Earhart, famed woman flyer, in San Antonio for a visit, spiked rumors that she is planning another around-the-world flight.
(Despite her denial, she was in fact planning an around the world flight.  She left Oakland on May 21, 1937 and disappeared on July 2.)

The USFL’s San Antonio Gunslingers play their first game, a home game at Alamo Stadium, against the New Orleans Breakers…   and lose, 13-10.

After 31 years forecasting San Antonio’s weather, KSAT-TV’s Jim Dawson (right) retires.  He has been with Channel 12 since the station debuted in 1957.