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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.

1968
Alfonso Arau performs in the International Theater as part of the festivities for “Mexico Week” at Hemisfair ’68.

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 2 in San Antonio history…

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

1985
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.

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.

July 28 in San Antonio history…

1918
Porter Loring opens his new undertaking establishment at 206 Jefferson Street (right).  He is no longer affiliated with the Shelly-Loring Undertaking Company.

1960
The Northwest Center Shopping Center, featuring Kresge’s, J.C. Penney and HEB, holds its grand opening.

1988
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.

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.

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.