President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are in San Antonio to dedicate the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He is assassinated in Dallas the following day.
Athens, Georgia-based band, R.E.M., films the video for their song “Everybody Hurts” on the unopened lower level of the $270 million “Downtown Y” highway expansion project, on I-10 between Cincinnati and Colorado streets.
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The Mayes Electric Wonder baseball board used last year at the Grand Opera House will be used by the Empire Theater to “watch” the World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants.
HemisFair ’68 comes to a close with a final total of 6,384, 482 attendees.
The Hearst Corp. announces it will purchase the Express-News for $185 million in cash and the San Antonio Light newspaper will be sold.
Iconoclast William Cowper Brann is fired as editor of the San Antonio Express newspaper.
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Declaring that thousands of men of draft age evaded registration and have escaped the call to the army, Attorney General Gregory today instructed all United States attorneys to begin a round-up of the slackers and start criminal prosecutions.
Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.
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Adjutant General Hutchings at noon today announced the list of divisions and the quota of men that must be furnished by each county or division under the draft act. The total quota for the state of Texas is 30,545 which is split up among the various divisions. Under the allotment as announced, San Antonio must furnish 151 men to the new army while Bexar county, outside of San Antonio, will be called upon for 238 men.
Gasoline prices dropped today to 18 cents a gallon in the recent gas war. Drivers are cheering but station owners wear long faces.
James Taylor plays a concert at Sea World of Texas.
San Antonio’s garbage workers went back to their jobs this morning after a sit-down strike that lasted two hours and 27 minutes but it appears that the controversy is still red hot. Sixty-one drivers and 122 pickup men refused to go out on their routes this morning because they want Ed Marceau, superintendent, who had handed in his letter of resignation, to come back, and they want changes in the truck maintenance setup.
Due to a very rainy winter and spring, the water in the J-17 Edwards Aquifer monitoring well reaches an all-time high of 703.3 feet.
The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.
San Antonio’s 200,000th telephone was installed today In the residence of Mr, and Mrs. Norman E. Pryor of 130 Westchester St.
After 30 years as the King of late night television, Johnny Carson’s final show as host of the “Tonight Show” is broadcast on KMOL Channel 4.
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.
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.)
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.”
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.
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.”