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March 14 in San Antonio history…

Following the reading of an apology by Fred Meister, charged Saturday night with having “abused and cursed the President of the United States,” the complaint against him was dismissed this afternoon.

1930San Antonio Light photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News
Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street.  The Light‘s new plant will be one of the most modern in the country. [Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News]

Fiesta Texas holds a soft opening today, offering reporters and intrepid souls rides on The Rattler, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. (It held this title until 1994, when The Rattler’s first drop was drastically shortened from 166 to 124 feet, resulting in a reduction of its top speed from 73 to 65 miles per hour.)

December 3 in San Antonio history…

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word formally dedicate Santa Rosa Hospital, then known as Charity Hospital, located at Cameron and Commerce Streets.  An advertisement in the San Antonio Express promised that the Infirmary would open to “all persons without distinction of nationality or creed.”

Jazz flugelhornist Chuck Mangione plays a concert in Laurie Auditorium.  It is not known if Hank Hill attended the show.

While in San Antonio to film his Christmas special, “Bob Hope ‘s 4-Star Fiesta Christmas From San Antonio”, entertainer Bob Hope visits Bob Hope Elementary School at 3022 Reforma Drive – the only elementary school in the nation named for him.  Second-grader Jennifer Ramirez, 7,  presents him with a red school t-shirt and a kiss on the cheek.  “Is it true you’re going to build us a swimming pool?” one boy asked. School officials hid their embarrassment and quickly led the students in a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

November 1 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio’s telephone area code changes from 512 to 210.

The ordinance banning smoking in the Alamodome takes effect today.  Two entrances on both the east and west sides of the dome have been designated smoking exits. Cigarette urns will be set up in the plaza outside those exits. Fans who care to step outside for a quick puff or two will receive fuschia smoking passes, which they must show – along with a ticket stub – to get back inside the building.

Canadian-born Shania Twain performs a sold-out show at the Alamodome in support of her “Come On Over” album.  Leahy, a nine-piece, fiddle-playing family band is the opening act.


October 7 in San Antonio history…

The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari all flew to San Antonio and looked on today as their three trade ministers signed documents signaling an end to negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “This meeting marks a turning point in the history of our three countries,” Bush told about 200 dignitaries and local business leaders packed into a courtyard at the Plaza San Antonio Hotel. “We are creating the largest, richest and most productive market in the entire world.”

July 30 in San Antonio history…

The ice for Travis Park was delayed for some time yesterday, owing to a cart breakdown. The band and visitors were grateful for its arrival, however late though it may have been.

Numerous complaints have been received by the city clerk of the deep mud on the city’s thoroughfares.

Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

May 23 in San Antonio history…

Announcement was made of the purchase of the San Antonio Light newspaper by William Randolph Hearst, 11 days after actual transfer of corporate stock.

San Antonio is on day two of energy conservation measures due to the city’s natural gas supplier cutting gas flow to one-third of the usual capacity. The Tower of the Americas, City Hall and the National Bank of Commerce building were among the many landmarks last night that were dark.

The San Antonio Riders play their final game and lose to Sacramento, 27-21, in front of 19,273 fans in San Marcos’s Bobcat Stadium.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

Burdett Green received a commission from Mayor Pascall making him the second negro police officer on San Antonio’s force.

From a sick bed in the St. Anthony Hotel, Porter Adams, president of the National Aeronautical Association announced a reception and $25,000 was awaiting Charles A. Lindbergh when the flyer arrives back in the U.S.

Fiesta Texas amusement park opens in northwest San Antonio.

May 9 in San Antonio history…

Stinson Field & Cemetery, Harlandale, Olmos Terrace, Spanish Acres, West Woodlawn and Hot Wells are all incorporated into the city.

Steve Wariner performs at Bluebonnet Palace.

Graduating students at St. Mary’s University left their Saturday commencement with a sheepskin and $1 ahead after receiving a souvenir dollar bill autographed by keynote speaker U.S. Treasurer Catalina Vasquez Villalpando.

April 13 in San Antonio history…

Joie Chitwood, one of the nation’s leading auto racing drivers, and his “Hell Drivers” will flirt with death this afternoon and evening when they stage their two-hour automobile and motorcycle thrill show at Storey-Wood arena in Balcones Heights.

Dillard’s reaches an agreement with the Allied Stores Corporation and their new owner, the Campeau Corporation, to purchase the 27 Joske’s stores in Texas and Arizona.  Some of the Dillard stores in Texas have competed with Joske’s, and William Dillard Sr., Dillard’s chairman, called the merger ”an important strategic step for our company, which will significantly enhance our presence in Texas and Tennessee.”

Taco Cabana buys Sombrero Rosa.

April 11 in San Antonio history…

The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

A $11,097,995 contract was awarded to Browning Construction company for Phase II construction on the campus of UTSA today.  Included will be a 60,075 addition to the Arts building, a classroom and office building facing east on the west side of the campus plaza and a sculpture and ceramics studio to be located on the west side of campus.

The recently-completed upper decks of I-10 near downtown open today.  The project is part of the $270 million “Downtown Y” expansion project that is widening 10 miles of I-10 and I-35 from four to ten lanes and modernizing the I-10 and I-35 interchange.