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October 6 in San Antonio history…

1919
Due to heavy rains, the highly anticipated performance of the newly combined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been cancelled.  The tents had been set up but due to the water and mud, the decision was announced at 9:30 this morning to cancel the shows.  The circus will pack up and move on to Austin.

1955
The “Jazz at the Philharmonic” show (featuring jazz heavyweights such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Gene Krupa and Oscar Peterson) at Municipal Auditorium is spoiled by antics of two young men who try to beat up an off-duty policeman during the concert.  Promoter Norman Granz has to plead with the audience three times, twice to ask them to refrain from smoking and once to ask the crowd not to yell or whistle during Ella Fitzgerald’s performance.  One of the songs is facetiously introduced as “The Last Time We Played San Antonio Blues.”  Along with the unruly behavior, poor ticket sales (a reported 200 people) move Granz to not bring the series to San Antonio again.

1978
The Majestic Theater re-opens as the Majestic Music Hall with performances from Arthur Godfrey, Henny Youngman, Alvino Rey and the King Family

1992
The Hearst Corp. announces it will purchase the Express-News for $185 million in cash and the Light will be sold.

 

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July 30 in San Antonio history…

1909
Sunday opening of stores in San Antonio must stop, according to a precedent set in Judge Umscheid’s court.  A West Commerce drygoods merchant was fined $50 for opening his store on Sunday.

1969
An Olmos Park resident writes to the San Antonio Light that it’s “a dirty shame” that there is no stoplight at intersection of El Prado, Olmos Drive and McCullough Avenue.

1992
Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

1846
The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.

1973
Led Zeppelin plays the Convention Center Arena (right).

1992
Fiesta Texas amusement park opens in northwest San Antonio.

May 9 in San Antonio history…

1932akron
The USS Akron, mightiest of the dirigibles, passed over the Smith-Young Tower at dusk today. Harold O. Rosendahl, 1934 W. Magnolia, sent a message to his brother Charles E. Rosendahl, commanding the ship. (The Akron would be involved in an accident two days later in San Diego leading to the deaths of two Navy sailors.)

1965
KBER’s Grand Old Opry Show plays Municipal Auditorium with performances by Rusty & Doug (Kershaw), Connie Smith, David Houston, Willie Nelson, George Jones and headliner Roger Miller (who married San Antonian Leah Kendrick in 1964.)

1992
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 16 in San Antonio history…

1976
Lila Cockrell, the first woman mayor of the nation’s 10th largest city, swept to a second term yesterday, turning back the challenge of wealthy beer distributorJohn Monfrey by a hefty 19,000 vote margin.  It was 62,447 to 43,039.

1992
Jerry Tarkanian, percentage-wise the winningest coach in NCAA history, signed a three-year deal for a reported $600,000 per season to coach the San Antonio Spurs.  Red McCombs calls him “Tarkington” six times during the press conference – including the introduction.  His tenure as head coach would only last 20 games.  He was fired after starting with a 9-11 record.

1993
Ventriloquist Willie Tyler and Lester perform at Comedy Tonight.

April 13 in San Antonio history…

1987
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.”

1992
Taco Cabana buys Sombrero Rosa.

2002
Albertson’s closes all 20 of their San Antonio stores at 7 p.m.  The company had already closed stores in Laredo, Corpus Christi, Pharr, Mission, Harlingen, San Juan, Edinburg, Brownsville and Weslaco on March 17.

March 16 in San Antonio history…

1960
Six downtown stores and a city-wide drugstore integrate lunch counters and cafeterias. The stores were: Woolworth’s, Kress, Neisner’s, Grant’s, Green’s, McCrory’s Variety Store and Sommer’s Drug Stores.

1992
With its giant teeth and cutting wheels grinding a hole 27 feet wide, a 620-ton boring machine roared through the final 16 feet of shale today to complete the San Antonio River Tunnel.  When the inlet shaft near Josephine Street and the outlet shaft near Lone Star Brewery are finished in May 1993, the tunnel will be capable of saving downtown San Antonio from a so-called 100-year flood by routing floodwaters beneath the city.

2005
After Minnesota guard Wally Szczerbiak cracks Spurs guard Beno Udrih with a hard foul at the basket, the Spurs Coyote pretends like he is going to run at Szczerbiak and is ejected by referee Jess Kersey.  Tim Duncan remarks, “That is the greatest thing I have ever heard!”

December 18 in San Antonio history…

1917
First Lieutenant Irving McCracken, a native San Antonian and 1903 graduate of West Texas Military Academy (now TMI), is killed at Camp Kearny when a hand grenade explodes during training.  He is buried in City Cemetery #3.

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The Central Park Fox Twin Theatre opens with world premiere of “Viva Max”.  The stars of the movie in attendance are: Peter Ustinov, John Astin, Harry Morgan, Pamela Tiffen & Keenan Wynn. (right)

1992
Jerry Tarkanian is fired as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs after a 9-11 in only 20 games.  He is replaced with John Lucas.

December 15 in San Antonio history…

1950
The new ultra-modern science hall of Incarnate Word College was ready for use. Dedication ceremonies were held, attended by Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York and military vicar of the U.S. Armed Forces.

1983
After premiering during Memorial Day weekend, “Return of the Jedi” ends a remarkable 29-week run at Northwest 10 theater.

1992
“Ginny,” a 37-year old Asian elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, kills her keeper by picking him up with her trunk and throwing him to the ground.  Ginny has been at the zoo since 1962 and used to give rides to children.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that First Lieut. J. Montgomery Fly, an officer of Company B, 350th Infantry, of San Antonio was killed in action in France on Sept. 13.  He was married to Miss Dorothy Dibrell in September of 1917.  Lt. Fly was 30 years old.

1944
The Randolph Field Ramblers, a football team shaped from former college stars stationed at the base, give the Texas Longhorns their worst home defeat in history (up to that point), winning 42-6.

1992
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.”