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May 15 in San Antonio history…

1918
The Soledad Roof dancing garden will open at 8 o’clock tonight for the 1918 summer dance season.  The Roof has been extensively redecorated and beautified, a large amount of money having been expended to make it meet the requirements of the soldiers and civilians of San Antonio who wish to spend a pleasant evening.

1943>May 15 in San Antonio History...
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.

1993
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.”

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January 28 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
America has nearly a half million men in France now and during the year will have 1,500,000 there, available for duty, the Secretary of War said today.  An additional 1,000,000 men are ready to go overseas if they are needed.

1938
Mayor C. K. Quin returned to San Antonio today after a month’s absence during which time he underwent an appendectomy at the Mayo Clinic.  His arrival on the Katy train was veiled in secrecy.  He is now in seclusion.

1968
The new Main Library building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.

1993
The Light goes out.  Unable to find a buyer, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication after 112 years serving San Antonio.

December 31 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Second Lieutenant Fleet Heard, machine gun company, 357th infantry regiment, 90th division, was killed shortly after 11 o’clock tonight at Camp Travis by a bullet fired by a member of the camp military police.  The policeman asserts that he fired at the tires of a speeding automobile whose driver disregarded his command to halt.  Lt. Heard was in a jitney automobile en route from town to his quarters.  The car had just reached Sixth Street on Avenue A, inside the camp when he was shot.  The bullet entered his head just above the right temple.  He died at the base hospital a few minutes later.

1917
Responding to a call, Fire Chief William P. Bishop is killed instantly when a pumping engine from Company No. 7 collides with his Locomobile auto, hurling it into Joske’s.  Lieut. Robert Koppelin is also killed.

1993
The Cal Golden Bears defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 37-3, in the first Builder’s Square Alamo Bowl.

November 3 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The average American soldier subscribed $75.76 to the Seonc Liberty Loan, making a a total army subscription of $89,273,650.

1982
Comedian Kip Adotta entertains at the San Antonio Comedy Club.

1993
Lanier defeats Fox Tech, 14-7 in the Chili Bowl – the first football game played in the Alamodome.

August 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Provision to protect harvesting from shortage of hands due to the mobilization of the National army has been made by the government in regulations going out to the exemption boards. Men needed in fields to complete harvesting will be permitted to remain at work until the need for them passes. Local boards will determine what men are necessary in this class.

1993
Ground is broken for the new Central Library building at 600 Soledad Street.

1999
Singer Kelly Willis plays a concert in Gruene Hall while her brother-in-law Charlie Robison plays the Cabaret in Bandera.

February 24 in San Antonio history…

1836
The Texans in the Alamo are summoned by Santa Anna to surrender.  He is answered by a cannon shot.

Colonel William Barrett Travis writes his famous letter:

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World

Fellow citizens & compatriots

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat.Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country VICTORY OR DEATH.

William Barret Travis,
Lt. Col. comdt.

P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves. Travis

1928KTSA
Radio station KTSA (“Kum To San Antonio”) goes on the air (right).

1993
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort is opened.

February 11 in San Antonio history…

1922
Miss Julia Grothaus, a native San Antonian and a graduate of the School of Library Science, University of Illinois, had been appointed assistant librarian of the Carnegie Public Library.

1976
The American Freedom Train arrives in San Antonio for a four-day visit to celebrate the Bicentennial.

1993
Country music superstars (Kix) Brooks and (Ronnie) Dunn perform at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.

December 31 in San Antonio history…

1946
The Alamo Bowl, scheduled to pit the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys vs. the University of Denver Pioneers in Alamo Stadium, is postponed due to freezing temperatures and heavy ice. The game would eventually be played on January 4.

1953
Ray Charles comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays the auditorium at the Carver Library.  He is second on a bill that features T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn and Choker Campbell and his Orchestra.

1993
47 years later, the Alamo Bowl is held again. The Cal Golden Bears defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 37-3, in the first Builder’s Square Alamo Bowl.

 

November 3 in San Antonio history…

1929
The three new barless bear pits and Monkey Island at the zoo are completed opened for public viewing.

1960
The Harte-Hanks company buys shares in the San Antonio Express newspaper from the Grice family.

1993
Lanier defeats Fox Tech, 14-7 in the Chili Bowl – the first football game played in the Alamodome.

October 31 in San Antonio history…

1913
Beethoven Hall. South Alamo street, San Antonio’s largest auditorium, was partially destroyed by a fire that broke out at 10:45 p.m. this evening. The building, valued at $40,000, suffered damages of $25,000, it was estimated today. The origin of the blaze has not yet been fully determined. Delay in sounding the alarm permitted the fire  to gain great headway, as members of the Beethoven Maennerchor in the club room did not heed cries of “fire,” believing practical jokers were intent on making them victims of a Hallowe’en prank.

1993
The mercury plummets to 27 degrees, making for frigid trick-or-treating and setting numerous records for the date:
– The lowest temperature for Oct. 31, breaking the mark of 33 degrees reported in 1980.
– The lowest temperature ever in October, surpassing the 32 degrees recorded Oct. 30, 1917.
– The lowest temperature so early in the season, once again breaking the 32 degrees reported Oct. 30, 1917.
– It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1885 for the lowest temperature in October to drop into the 20′s.

1997
Fleetwood Mac performs at the Alamodome in support of their live album “The Dance.”