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February 11 in San Antonio history

1918 – World War I
Russia has declared the state of war to be at an end and has ordered demobilization of Russian forces on all fronts.

Roy Rogers, “The King of the Cowboys,” appears with the Sons of the Pioneers on the stage of the Aztec Theater.  Their appearance is in conjunction with the premiere showing of their newest Republic picture, “Idaho.”  Rogers has accepted the invitation of Maj. Gen. Richard Donovan to visit Randolph and Kelly Fields and the Aviation Classification Center with his troupe of entertainers while in San Antonio.

San Antonio hosts the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Michael Jordan wins the MVP award.




July 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
With the draft completed the formation of the National army now awaits the calling out of the quotas required from each registration district. It has been estimated that this will approximate 7 percent of the registration but certain allowances are to be made and each board will receive notice of the exact number of men it will be expected to supply.  It has been estimated that San Antonio and Bexar County will be required to furnish about 1,000 men in the National Army. This probably will be subject to some reduction as a credit for the volunteers obtained in this community but assuming that 1,000 is the number required each board will send out notices for just twice the number of its quota.

San Antonio’s 10-year experiment with minor league football ends as the Toros franchise folds.  The Toros played in the Texas League, the Continental and Trans-American leagues and amassed a 94-17 record.

Gloria Estefan brings her “Destiny” tour to the Alamodome, two weeks before performing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics closing ceremonies.


May 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
It is widely believed that Major General Pershing will not be returning to San Antonio to resume his command of the Southern Department at Ft. Sam Houston. Those interested in army affairs are speculating as to whether General Pershing will be named to head a contingent to France or be kept in Washington to fill the place of General Hugh L. Scott as chief of staff, with the greatest weight of opinion inclining toward the first view.

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.

Colonies North Elementary School announces that it will become the first school in San Antonio to require students wear school uniforms this fall.

April 1 in San Antonio history…

The Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, battle Charlie “Cholly” Engle’s All-Star team in a 14-inning thriller that ends up being called as a 4-4 tie.  The Monarchs had to catch a bus for Houston.  The Monarchs have a new shortstop by the name of Jackie Robinson who, unfortunately, has a double error in the seventh inning, allowing the All-Stars to score the tying run.

1947air-conditioned buses
The San Antonio Transit Company begins putting into service their new fleet of 50 air-conditioned city buses.  The Alamo city is the first city in the world to have air-conditioned metropolitan buses.  They even offer free rides on a downtown loop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The name of the producers of Pearl beer has been officially changed from San Antonio Brewing Association to Pearl Brewing Company, according to Datus E. Proper, vice-president and general manager.

Longtime San Antonio grocers Centeno Supermarkets files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

December 10 in San Antonio history…

The Jefferson Mustangs defeat the Dallas Sunset Bison, 31-13, to win the state championship.

On the 25th anniversary of the station, WOAI-TV changes their call letters to KMOL.

In a move widely criticized by Spurs fans, head coach Bob Hill is fired by general manager Gregg Popovich.   David Robinson, who played for the first time since Oct. 11, said he didn’t agree with Hill’s ouster.“But it’s not my decision to make,” said Robinson, now is playing for his seventh coach since 1989-90. “Bob and I never had any problems. I liked his love of winning. He was meticulous. He did a great job.” Popovich takes over as head coach and loses his first game, 93-76, to the Phoenix Suns.  The loss dropped the Spurs to 3-16 for the season.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

Astronaut Jim Lovell signs copies of his new book Lost Moon at the Marriott Rivercenter at the third annual Book & Author Luncheon, sponsored by the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and the San Antonio Express-News.   Director Ron Howard is already hard at work on a “major motion picture” with Tom Hanks firmly cast in Lovell’s role.

The Regal Fiesta 16 theater at DeZavala & IH-10 holds its grand opening, despite having only 10 completed screens.

May 30 in San Antonio history…

A disastrous fire broke out in the A.H. Shafer plumbing and electrical establishment, 125 W. Commerce Street, shortly after 7 p.m. this evening which resulted in a loss of nearly $40,000.  The flames also reached the Bon Ton millinery next door and the hall above the Bon Ton occupied by the San Antonio Lodge No. 215, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Commissioners Court vetoed the idea of a bond issue to erect a coliseum and Commissioner Bob Uhr said he could see no sense in putting a lot of sheep and cattle in a large building for livestock shows.

Edgewood High School students tearfully say goodbye to their old school on the last day of classes.  The school is closing after 63 years and will reopen as a fine arts and communications magnet school this fall.

March 28 in San Antonio history…

The Battle of Flowers Association began organizing the annual San Jacinto Day parade.

The new Magnolia gas station at Broadway and the Austin Highway opens for business (photo, right, taken in 2011).

John Prine performs at Floore Country Store in Helotes.

February 11 in San Antonio history…

More than $1 million in gold, silver, currency and securities were hauled from the streets of the downtown district when the Texas State Bank moved from W. Commerce and Soledad to the first floor of the Grayburg Bldg.

The first of 20 new Fiesta “River Pageant” barges made its way down the San Antonio River today on its maiden voyage.  The barges are manufactured by members of the Texas Cavaliers and Jaycees.

San Antonio hosts the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Michael Jordan wins the MVP award.

December 24 in San Antonio history…

Rt. Reverend Anthony Dominic Pelicer is installed at San Fernando Cathedral as first Bishop of  San Antonio.

The Mexican Pastores tonight will walk in shepherd’s costume, with gaily decorated crooks and jingling bells to visit the babe of Bethlehem at the many private oratories in the city, and will conclude their services at the midnight mass in San Fernando Cathedral. This is an old Mexican custom.

The Marshall Field’s store in North Star Mall closes, to be replaced by Macy’s.