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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.

1946
Alamo Drive-In opens on Austin Highway (right).

1988
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.

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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.

1924
City Council granted the I.&G.N. Railroad permission to erect a roundhouse on propety abutting on W. Commerce.

1988
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…

1908
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.

1988
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.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

1959
A deputy sheriff, about to embark on his first airplane ride to return a prisoner from New York City to Bexar County, drew up a will today and posted it on the Sheriff’s office bulletin board.  Deputy Claudius Minor states:
“My ashes, if they can’t be segregated from the white ashes in case we burn, are to be place in the cornerstone of the new jail and, furthermore, I wish that my name be carried in aviation history as the first negro person to have crashed right along with the white folks.  Regardless of when and if it will happen, I pray that it will not be in the State of Arkansas.”  Deputy Minor’s will then proceeds to distribute his work possessions to his co-workers.

1987
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.

1988
The Hertzberg clock, a San Antonio landmark since 1878, was removed today from its corner at Houston and St. Mary’s streets and stored at the La Vernia Clock Works in La Vernia. It will be reinstalled when TriParty construction is completed around the location.

 

November 29 in San Antonio history…

1963
Linus Baer and the Lee Volunteers outlast Warren McVea and the Brackenridge Eagles, 55-48, in what would later be voted the greatest football game ever played in San Antonio.

1979trek_79
A $10 per ticket premiere of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” will be held at two theaters tonight to benefit the San Antonio Easter Seals Chapter.  The San Antonio premiere of the movie will be held at 8:30 the Cine Cinco theater in Windsor Park Mall and 7:30 at the Northwest Six theaters.

1988
The Marriott Rivercenter hotel holds its grand opening festivities.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

1954
The Los Angeles Rams play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Alamo Stadium. The Eagles win (right).

1983
Convention Center Arena features a concert with Quiet Riot, Axe and the first San Antonio appearance of Seattle’s Queensrÿche.

1988
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 4 in San Antonio history…

1888
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

1917 – World War I
A statement issued today by the Patriotic Education Society urges the United States to declare war immediately upon Germany’s allies, asserting that the German Secret Service is relying on information from Austrians and Bulgarians for news from this country and asking “if this is a war of democracy against autocracy, how can we maintain friendly relations with the most despotic of the great empires, Austria-Hungary?”

1988
Price Cobb wins the second annual Nissan Grand Prix of San Antonio. Over 60,000 people watched the three-hour race around the 1.6 mile circuit through downtown.

September 2 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1917
The grimness of war was forgotten tonight when 3,000 uniformed men and an equal number of their ladies danced and promenaded for several hours in Travis Military park and on roped off sections of Pecan and Jefferson.

1975
Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

1988KBUC
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.

June 13 in San Antonio history

1691
Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Governor of the new Province of Texas, accompanies Father Damian Massanet on his return trip to East Texas. While camping at a rancherria of Payaya Indians on a stream called Yanaguana, they celebrate mass and rename the stream San Antonio because it was the feast day of San Antonio de Padua.

1917 – World War I
Major General Pershing arrived in Paris late today. He landed in France this morning at Bologne.

1988
Larry Brown resigns as head basketball coach at the University of Kansas to pursue what he calls “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which [sic] I couldn’t turn down.”  He becomes the tenth head coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs.

 

May 28 in San Antonio history..

1983
The San Antonio Bulls win their American Football Association season opener against a team the Express-News calls, “a rag-tag assemblage of football fumblers who called themselves the Oklahoma City Drillers.  Perhaps the Drillees would have been more appropriate.”  Final score:  Bulls 76, Drillers 0.  (This score was one point short of tying the AFA single season record of 77 points, also set by San Antonio, against Ft. Worth in 1977.)

1988
Sea World of Texas holds grand opening festivities featuring television stars throughout the park, such as Bob Keeshan of “Captain Kangaroo,” Tina Yothers of “Family Ties,” and Bryce Beckham of “Mr. Belvedere.” Susan Howard of “Dallas” said, “God gave someone good sense and the powers that be for choosing San Antonio as a site for the park.  This is truly a Memorial Day that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.”

2000
Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, comes to San Antonio for an airshow and a reunion of his WWII 357th Fighter Group squadron.