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November 27 in San Antonio history…

1974
Firefighters answer an alarm about 1 a.m. for a fire at the Fiesta Theater at 221 W. Houston and find nine containers of gasoline.  The blaze did minimal damage to the seats and projection area.

1975
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

1991
Sister Mary Anne Holmes of the Ursuline Order announces at a somber news conference that the Ursuline School will close in May due to increasing debt and decreasing enrollment.  The sisters founded the school in 1851.

2015
For the first time in the history of the event, heavy rain forces the cancellation of the Holiday River Parade after it begins.  Twelve floats made it down the river before the cancellation. Earlier in the evening, the 10,000 lights on the 55-foot white fir in Alamo Plaza were turned on.  The tree is decorated with silver and black ornaments as a tribute to the Spurs.

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1959
After surveys show numerous course failures by San Antonio high school students, educators plead with parents to “crack down in the home” to eliminate these causes of flunking:
Too much automobile driving, growing number of homework distractions – especially television, uncontrolled social activities – too much running around, and complacency regarding good study habits.

1960
Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

1991
San Antonio is awarded the 1993 Olympic Festival.

October 26 in San Antonio history…

1971
Singer/songwriter James Taylor performs in San Antonio for the first time – at Municipal Auditorium – in support of his latest album, “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.”

1980
The Urban Cowboy craze comes to Laurie Auditorium with Eddie Rabbitt, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee & the Urban Cowboy Band.

1991
Bob Dylan performs at Sunken Garden Theater with Creed Taylor and the Travelers.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

1878
A stone marker is placed on Ben Milam’s grave in Washington Square Park [now Milam Park.]

1936
A barbecue is held at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne to celebrate the completion of the San Antonio – Boerne – Kerrville – Fredericksburg highway to be known as State Highway 9/US Highway 87.  The barbecue is given by a group of San Antonio businessmen and owners of property along the new highway near the city and is an invitation-only affair. It is supervised by W. W. Wolfe of Wolfe’s Inn.

1991
Legislation is introduced to create a Texas state lottery.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

1892
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce receives its charter.

1957
San Antonio oilman Tom Slick was quoted from Katamandu, Nepal, as saying his exploring party had found three sets of mysterious tracks which he is convinced were made by the fabled “Abominable Snowman” of the Himalayas.

1991
Longtime album-oriented rock station 99.5 KISS changes formats and begins simulcasting the 50’s and 60’s oldies format of 930 KOOL AM.  Eight full-time and part-time disc jockeys are fired as a result.  Reaction from listeners is swift and harsh.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1895
The cornerstone was laid for the new Beethoven Hall opposite the German-English school on South Alamo.

1973
The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.

1991
Sea World features Contemporary Christian artists Michael W. Smith and DC Talk.

February 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
1,212 soldiers who cannot read or write English are now studying the language at Camp Travis every night, supervised by 63 soldier-teachers.

1984
The 70-year old exhibit hall at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne is destroyed by fire.  The cause is later determined to be arson.

1991
The Finck Cigar Company building, built in 1882,  is illegally demolished at 7:45 on a Sunday morning.  A construction company crew discovered at the debris-covered site of the designated city landmark was cited for allegedly violating the city code by not having a demolition permit.  Just weeks after the demolition, State Sen. Frank Tejeda filed a bill requiring responsible parties to rebuild historic buildings that are damaged or destroyed, or pay an amount equal to the estimated replacement cost to be used for preservation projects. But since the bill was not retroactive, it could not be used to make anyone pay the estimated $200,000 it would have cost to replace the Finck Building. In the end, the joint venture paid a $25,000 fine to the city for the demolition.

December 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
All social and study clubs of San Antonio will be asked to dispense with refreshments at their meetings, owners of dogs and cats will be asked to feed their pets the refuse of the table and not expensive cuts of meats, army cooks will be asked to sign the food pledge cards and committees will visit the army kitchens to get facts about the reported waste in the camps.  These were the outstanding features of the food conservation program outlined at the meeting of the advisory board this morning at the St. Anthony Hotel.

1991
Veteran NFL coach Dick Nolan is named head coach of the Force, San Antonio’s new Arena League franchise.

1994
On the eve of her concert in HemisFair Arena, Selena debuts her new women’s wear line designed by her and San Antonio native Martin Gomez.  “I probably would have been a designer if I hadn’t gone into entertaining,” she confided. “I’ve always loved fashion. It was my dream to produce a line of clothing like this, but I was always too busy.”

October 1 in San Antonio history…

1974
The San Antonio Light begins publishing an early edition of the newspaper, available on city newsstands by 6 a.m.

1991
Sellout, Inc. – a group headed by Red McCombs, Gary Woods and Russ Bookbinder – purchases an Arena League football franchise that will play in HemisFair Arena.  The team will be called the San Antonio Force.

2014
Paul McCartney plays a concert in the Tobin Center in front of a sold-out audience of 1,754, topping off a week of grand opening festivities and performances.  Ticket prices range from $250 to $3,500.

May 21 in San Antonio history…

1947
The San Antonio Public Library has obtained four films that are now available for viewing by all patrons with library cards.  The films are: “The House I Live In,” Frank Sinatra’s film on racial tolerance (below); “Public Opinion,” a film showing how public opinion develops; “The Diary of a Sergeant,” a film showing rehabilitation of a veteran without hands; and “The Story of Texas – Her Natural Resources.”

1958
Chuck Jefferson, Woodridge School third grader, was homeward bound with $32,000 he won on the “$64,000 Question” TV show.  “I wanted to go on (for $64,000), but my parents decided I should quit.  It’s too big of a risk.  Sometimes I think parents are too nervous.”

1991
Robert E. Lee high school votes to ban the Confederate flag from uniforms and activities sponsored by the school beginning in the fall.   “We are not going to suspend students if they have it on a T-shirt or backpack; that’s an individual choice,” said Lee Principal Bill Fish. “But as an institution, we are not going to use it.  We’ve been trying to do this gradually over time,” he said, adding that new football uniforms have been ordered without the flag to replace old ones.