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September 13 in San Antonio history…

1946
Eighty irate San Antonio retail grocers today were on record as condemning the OPA and approving the closing of every butcher shop in Texas until meat in abundance is obtainable.

1969
Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, and 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)

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August 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With only two days remaining before the close of the whirlwind campaign for the $10,000 War Recreation Fund, members of the San Antonio Rotary Club will “get busy and busier’’ to raise the money. Though the reports at today’s luncheon, which was held at the Menger Hotel, were not as gratifying
as those of Tuesday, there is no discouragement, but rather a determination to win out in the end.

1956
A man who threatened to blow up the Bexar County National Bank with nitroglycerine escaped with $2,000 in a daring daylight holdup today.

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 28 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The St. Anthony Hotel holds the formal opening of their Top O’ the Town roof garden, promising “The Most Wonderful Night San Antonio Has Ever Seen” and “A Dinner That Would Have Pleased Lucullus.”

1982 
The St. Anthony Hotel, due to reopen in January after a $10 million renovation, may be renamed.  In April 1981 when the hotel was purchased by Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation, the name was changed to the Hotel St. Anthony Inter-Continental.  According to a company representative, the Hotel is due to be renamed the Hotel Inter-Continental San Antonio – removing St. Anthony completely.

1987
Selena y Los Dinos play a concert in Market Square.

June 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio and Bexar county ’s potential military strength as shown by the registration yesterday of men between the ages of 21 and 31 years, is 14,733. This is based on official returns of the registrars in all the county precincts and in all but one of the city precincts. The missing precinct is No. 158, where it is estimated the total registration was approximately 200. The total for the city, estimating 200 as the registration in Precinct 23 will be 12,210.

1932
Future astronaut, David Scott (right), is the first boy born to an officer stationed at Randolph AFB and is given Randolph as a middle name.

1987
The Bangles, with opening act Cutting Crew, play a show in Sunken Garden Theater.

May 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson signs the Selective Service Act of 1917, instituting a military draft.  The act designates the draft system as “selective service” rather than using the unpopular term “conscription.”  The draft will remain in effect until the end of the war.

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)

 

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.