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April 21 in San Antonio history…

1889
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)

1917 – World War I
Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the Southern Department, will speak tonight at the big mass meeting called at the Grand Opera House for the purpose of placing San Antonio on record as advocating President Wilson ’s universal military service plan.

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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.

December 18 in San Antonio history…

1936
Arturo Trevino, a local grocer, paid $3 for an airplane flight over the city and jumped to his death 3,500 feet above his grocery store.  He missed the store and his body crashed through the residence of Frank Padalecki next door.  Trevino’s body went through the tin roof, ceiling and floor, breaking a gas main under the house.

1968
Eastwood Country Club features “The Fabulous Ike and Tina Turner Revue (right).”

1987
Santikos opens the Embassy 14 Theatres on Bitters Road and Crossroads 6 Theatres at Loop 410 and Fredericksburg Rd.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

1945
City officials, khaki-clad buddies and mantilla-covered neighbors thronged into the City Council chamber to commemmorate “Cleto Rodriguez Day” in San Antonio. The youth, a former newsboy, who returned from the war a Medal of Honor winner, was visibly nervous.

1972
Muhammad Ali arrives in San Antonio today to prepare for his exhibitions against Sonny Moore, Ronnie Wright and Terry Daniels tomorrow in Municipal Auditorium.  Each bout will be for three rounds and they will be sandwiched between two preliminaries and a pair of 10-round scraps.

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Vanna White (right), star of CBS game show “Wheel of Fortune,” signs autographs at the H-E-B supermarket at 1533 Austin Highway.

September 13 in San Antonio history…

1963
The Robert C. Cole Golden Cougars win their inaugural football game, 8-0, over the Comfort Bobcats.

1969
Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, local favorites The Yellow Payges.

1987
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…

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1934
Scores of striking pecan shellers menaced with stones and sticks the manager of a San Antonio pecan-shelling company.  The manager stayed the crowd by brandishing a pistol until police arrived.

1936
Tommy Dorsey (right) and his orchestra begin a one-week engagement at the Olmos Dinner Club on San Pedro Avenue.

1987
The doors close for the final time on the downtown Joske’s store to prepare for a storewide renovation and transformation into Dillard’s.

 

June 22 in San Antonio history…

1951
Rep. Carl Vinson, chairman of the House Armed Services committee, introduces a bill in Congress to authorize the establishment of an Air Force Academy, to be of equal academic status to West Point and Annapolis. Thomas K. Finletter, Secretary of the Air Force, says that the list of proposed sites has been narrowed to seven.  Of these, Randolph Air Force Base, already an important Air Force installation of long standing, appears to be the favorite.

1979
The Solo Serve Company, founded as “The Clerkless Store” in 1919, is sold by the Brenner family to the Solo Serve Corporation, a subsidiary of the General Atlantic Group headed by R.J. Grimm, who had been vice-president of the Solo Serve Company.

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The Spurs use their No. 1 draft pick to select Naval Academy Midshipman David Robinson (right).

May 18 In San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1987
The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

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Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan (Spurs majority owner Peter Holt, right)

May 9 in San Antonio history…

1940
Stinson Field & Cemetery, Harlandale, Olmos Terrace, Spanish Acres, West Woodlawn and Hot Wells are all incorporated into the city.

1987
Steve Wariner performs at Bluebonnet Palace.

1992
Graduating students at St. Mary’s University left their Saturday commencement with a sheepskin and $1 ahead after receiving a souvenir dollar bill autographed by keynote speaker U.S. Treasurer Catalina Vasquez Villalpando.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

1904
Along with the usual buggies and floats, three automobiles participated in the 14th annual Battle of Flowers parade.

1939
Mae West, in town for a one-week engagement at the Majestic Theatre, receives an invitation for “La Noche de Fiesta” from event chairman Atlee Ayers.  The invitation is painted on a tortilla.

1941
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.

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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…

1947
Joie Chitwood, one of the nation’s leading auto racing drivers, and his “Hell Drivers” will flirt with death this afternoon and evening when they stage their two-hour automobile and motorcycle thrill show at Storey-Wood arena in Balcones Heights.

1987
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.”

1992
Taco Cabana buys Sombrero Rosa.