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April 15 in San Antonio history…

This is the first day that income tax is due on April 15.  When the Sixteenth Amendment was passed in 1913, the filing deadline for individuals was March 1. It was changed to March 15 in 1918.

Sea World of Texas opens

Sunken Garden Theater is host to Ronnie James Dio and San Antonio rock favorites, Legs Diamond and Budgie.


March 28 in San Antonio history…

“Purity,” the most daring picture ever made, is currently at the Grand Opera House starring Audrey Munson, the world’s most perfectly formed woman.  Lower floor, 20 cents; balcony 10 cents.

San Antonio drivers with outstanding parking tickets had until 8 a.m. to settle up with the city or risk getting “booted” as the city begins installing Auto Kuff immobilizing devices on the cars of violators.  Cars with “boots” cannot be moved until the driver pays a $25 fee to remove the device plus all outstanding tickets.

Travis Park United Methodist Church begins feeding the homeless with a breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, pancakes and coffee.  It is called “Café Corazon.”

February 15 in San Antonio history…

Municipal Auditorium hosts “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’60,”featuring: Frankie Avalon, Clyde McPhatter, Bobby Rydell, Johnny & the Hurricanes, The Crests, Freddy Cannon, Sammy Turner, The Isley Brothers, Linda Laurie, The Clovers, Cliff Richard, Paul Williams and his Orchestra.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers play the Junction club on Blanco Road.

Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

Workmen begin conversion of the Princess Theater on Houston Street into Blum’s Department Store.  It was purchased in 1931 by Frost Brothers.  The building still stands at 217 E. Houston Street.

The newly reconstructed Olmos Dam is dedicated.

Bexar County commissioners re-enact the cornerstone laying ceremony of Dec. 17, 1892 at the site of the new County Justice Center.  The ceremony starts at 3 p.m. with a short parade which includes horse-drawn carriages carrying members of Commissioner’s Court and their wives, Sheriff Harlon Copeland, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, County Clerk Bob Green, a color guard and the Theodore Roosevelt High School Rough Rider Band.  A time capsule will be buried during the ceremony.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Five negro soldiers of Company I, 24th United States Infantry, are hanged at daybreak on the Ft. Sam Houston military reservation, for crimes committed during the mutiny and riot of the third battalion of that regiment at Houston, Texas on the night of August 23, 1917.

Alfonso Arau performs in the International Theater as part of the festivities for “Mexico Week” at Hemisfair ’68.

Hurricane Gilbert spawns a total of 47 tornadoes in South Central Texas (and at least 13 in Bexar County), causing three fatalities in San Antonio. Local damage was estimated at $35 million with damage to vehicles, homes, apartments and businesses

September 2 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

Longtime San Antonio country & western radio station KBUC 107.5 FM switches formats to become a Spanish music station with call letters KZVE.  Well-known KBUC d.j.’s Bruce Hathaway, Ron Houston and Max Gardner are terminated, along with the rest of the staff.

July 28 in San Antonio history…

Porter Loring opens his new undertaking establishment at 206 Jefferson Street (right).  He is no longer affiliated with the Shelly-Loring Undertaking Company.

The Northwest Center Shopping Center, featuring Kresge’s, J.C. Penney and HEB, holds its grand opening.

Rolling Oaks Mall opens at Nacogdoches and Loop 1604.  Phase One, with 570,000 square feet of leasable area, features Dillards, Sears, Circus World, County Seat, Deck the Walls, Everything’s a Dollar, Foot Action, Hasting’s Records, Naturalizer, Radio Shack, The Accessory Store, Unique Creations, Waldenbooks, Woolworth Express, Zales and six Santikos theaters. The mall also contains 14 restaurants and a 400-seat dining area. Designed to grow with the community, Rolling Oaks plans to add four major department stores and one junior department store by the year 1990 — increasing the mall’s leasable space to 1.2 million square feet.

April 4 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Rodman Law, daredevil balloonist and aeronaut, now attached to the Fifth Aero Squadron, Kelly Field, jumped from a height of 2,500 feet at noon today and landed safely on the flying field, Kelly No. 2.  Mr. Law went up in the plane with Edward Stinson, one of the most skilled instructors at Kelly Field and negotiated the jump with the aid of a parachute.

Alamo Drive-In opens on Austin Highway (right).

The South Texas Nuclear Plant (officially known as South Texas Project Electric Generating Station), the first nuclear plant in Texas, begins producing power.  The city of San Antonio owns a 40% stake in the plant, located near Bay City.

March 24 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonio, especially the Army camps around the city, will be made mosquito proof.  The first step in this direction is being taken at Camp Travis where workmen are straightening Salado Creek to eliminate stagnant pools.  Removal of other stagnant water spots will also be undertaken.

City Council granted the I.&G.N. Railroad permission to erect a roundhouse on propety abutting on W. Commerce.

The long-awaited union between classical station KPAC and National Public Radio affiliate KSTX was formally voted on and approved today by the boards of the two stations.  “With any luck, this plan will be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and KSTX will be operating by the end of the year,” said Joe Gwathmey, who will be general manager of the two stations.

January 20 in San Antonio history…

John Crivelli, the fireman who was injured on January 3, when a hose cart in which he was riding overturned on Alamo Street, died this afternoon in  the City Hospital.  Immediately after the accident, he was removed to Santa Rosa Hospital and remained there until about a week ago when he was moved to City Hospital.  The hopes for his recovery were slight at all times but owing to his strong constitution the attending physicians thought he might pull through.

1918 – World War I
Valuable army records were burned with approximately $10,000 in losses when fire destroyed the headquarters building of the student officers’ reserve training school at Camp Stanley.  The fire originated from a stove in the telephone exchange office at about 4:30 a.m.  The camp telephone exchange building was also destroyed and the camp cut off from telephone communications.

The Express-News reports that financially strapped Antonian College Preparatory School, an all-boys Catholic high school, may be admitting girls next fall if Archbishop Flores gives his OK.  Flores should make a decision on the plan by early January, said Brother Peter A. Pontolillo, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese.  A decision on a proposal to make Holy Cross High School co-educational was also postponed until January.