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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

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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.

May 27 in San Antonio history…

1966
Comprehensive plans for a $10 million federal pavilion at HemisFair 1968 in San Antonio have been approved by President Johnson and legislation has been introduced in Congress for an appropriation.

1977
Smokey and the Bandit premiered in San Antonio at the North Star and South Park Mall theaters.

1988
B.J. “Red” McCombs buys the San Antonio Spurs from Angelo Drossos for $47 million.  “I’m ecstatic,” says Mayor Henry Cisneros.  “The Spurs are in the hands of a San Antonian and that’s the most important thing.”

April 15 in San Antonio history…

1917
The men’s dormitory of the Moody Sanitarium in Alamo Heights was destroyed and the women’s buildings and pump house damaged by a fire that broke out at 12:15 o’clock this morning in the furnace room of the men’s building. Thirty patients were in the building but were rescued by the nurses with the help of members of the United States field hospital No. 6, who came from the Fort Sam Houston hospital only a short distance away. The loss was estimated at $35,000.

1955
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.

1988
Sea World of Texas opens.

February 20 in San Antonio history…

1962glenn_light
The San Antonio Light, an afternoon paper, proudly trumpeted the news that John Glenn had become the first American to orbit the earth (right).  The Express, a morning paper, could only report the countdown in progress.

1965
After 88 years in business, Wolff and Marx closes their downtown department store in the Rand Building at Soledad and Houston along with North Star Mall location (later reopened as Joske’s).

1988
RiverCenter Mall holds its grand opening festivities.

February 15 in San Antonio history…

1915
After four years of remodeling and widening, Soledad was opened from Commerce to Houston.

1949
A plan to air condition Municipal Auditorium as well as San Pedro Playhouse was revealed today by Mayor Callaghan by issuance of $200,000 in revenue bonds.

1988
Rivercenter Mall opens for business but the grand opening festivities will have to wait five more days.

September 2 in San Antonio history…

1947
Hundreds of local veterans today swamped San Antonio banks to cash their terminal leave bonds.  When all bonds are cashed locally it is expected an estimated $6,000,000 to $10,000,000 will have been distributed.

1963
KENS Channel 5 begins broadcasting the new expanded half-hour CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite at 5:30 p.m.  The CBS news will be followed by a half-hour local newscast with Jim Abbott, Dan Cook and Jerry Zimmerman.

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.