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September 24 in San Antonio history…

Jack Burke, manager of the Grand Opera House, announces that he has secured the state rights for Tom May’s Electro-Wonder scoreboard and folks that do not go east to watch the World Series will be afforded the opportunity to see each game played at the Grand Opera House on the latest improved scoreboard (right).

At a northside restaurant, Hollywood actor Earl Holliman announces plans to open a dinner playhouse at the site of the defunct Hacienda Dinner Theater on Nov. 1.  “There are a lot of big stars who want to come to San Antonio. We are going to give them that opportunity – and give people here a chance to see them,” says Holliman.

The enigmatic troubadour Willis Alan Ramsey plays a concert at Turtle Creek Country Club.


August 6 in San Antonio history…

Declaring that the chili stands are a menace to public health, the board of health for a second time will send a request to the city that the stands not be permitted to do business on Alamo Plaza.

There will be no change in bus fares when the ordinance fixing the new city limits takes effect, according to W. B. Tuttle, San Antonio Public Service Co., president.

Ground is broken for the new Central Library building at 600 Soledad Street.

May 29 in San Antonio history…

The Los Angeles Heights school district was annexed into San Antonio School District today.

U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. of San Antonio is assassinated while getting into his car at his home in San Antonio. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, is later convicted of the crime and sentenced to two life terms.

Paul McCartney brings his “New World Tour” concert to San Antonio.  44,468 fans see the former Beatle (right) in the first event ever held in the Alamodome.

May 15 in San Antonio history…

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Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio’s favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

Coors’ beer sponsors the Outdoor Beach Party on the grounds of Freeman Coliseum, featuring the Beach Boys, Jerry Jeff Walker and Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids.

The Alamodome opens to the public. “This day was a long time coming, but it’s finally here,” said former mayor Henry Cisneros, now secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s the beginning of a new chapter in San Antonio’s life.”

May 14 in San Antonio history…

After being in storage for many years, the doors to the Veramendi Palace (right) were donated to the Alamo Museum today by John James.  Mr. James, along with the late Capt. F. F. Collins, has owned the doors since the old palace was razed about 15 years ago. The doors are made of hand-carved cedar and are so heavy that it takes six men to lift one.

The newspapers advertise nylon hosiery, offered for sale for the first time at 9 a.m. the following morning at many San Antonio department stores, including Joske’s.

An early grand opening is held at the Alamodome by invitation only.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

Ventriloquist Willie Tyler and Lester perform at Comedy Tonight.

March 20 in San Antonio history…

Bob Hope appears at a benefit for the San Antonio Bicentennial Celebration Committee and will sign copies of his book at Joske’s tomorrow.

British band Queen makes their first and only appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium.  Kansas opens the show despite the newspaper ad stating the opening acts are Brownsville Station and Al Stewart.

Shania Twain makes her first appearance in San Antonio, second on the bill with Toby Keith and John Brannen at Bluebonnet Palace.

March 8 in San Antonio history…

Trinity University officials announced the school’s new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.

San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.

Collin Raye and Restless Heart perform at Fiesta Texas’s Sangerfest Halle as part of their “Texas Connection” show on TNN.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

The new Main Library (right) building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.

Canadian power trio, Triumph, brings their “Rock and Roll Machine” tour to San Antonio.

The Light goes out.  After 112 years, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication.

January 14 in San Antonio history…

“Hands off” will be a suggestion made to all couples using the matrimonial parlor to be established in the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Even kissing by engaged couples will be banned on grounds it is too intimate.

Larry Benson announces the city’s newest professional football team, the CFL’s San Antonio Texans.  They were a re-branded San Antonio Riders which joined the CFL when the WLAF folded.  The Texans suffered the same fate, folding after Benson ran out of money, before ever playing a game.

Bowling for Soup performs at the White Rabbit.