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September 15 in San Antonio history…

1875
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

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Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair (right), killing Emilie Schmidt of Missouri, two days before her 68th birthday, and injuring 47 riders.
(Photo by Bob Weston)

1996
Latino Elvis impersonator “El Vez” performs at Taco Land.

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May 30 in San Antonio history…

1939
Thomas Jefferson High School’s “Lassos” departed today for a 13-day trip to the New York World’s Fair and other eastern points.

1996
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.

2009
The $74.4 million upgrade to the Museum Reach expansion of the San Antonio River is completed on-time and $2 million under budget.

March 3 in San Antonio history…

1836
Col William Barret Travis is reported to have drawn his famous “line in the sand” in the Alamo on this day.

1950
Octavius the octopus has the distinction of being the first one of his kind to be exhibited at the Richard Friedrich Aquarium at the zoo.

1995 & 1996
Willie Nelson plays Floore’s Country Store on this date in two consecutive years.

February 21 in San Antonio history…

1860
Colonel Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant Colonel of 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrives at San Antonio to take charge of the Department of Texas.

1917
Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing was formally appointed commander of the Southern Department with headquarters at Ft. Sam Houston.  He succeeds Gen. Funston who died two days ago.

1996
The mercury rises all the way to 100 degrees today – the earliest date to ever hit the century mark in the Alamo City.  This surpassed the previous record of 89 degrees in 1899.

February 11 in San Antonio history…

1941
For the first time in years, all the lights on Olmos Dam are burning.  The Parks Department has put 10-watt globes in the sockets.

1950
Professional basketball comes to San Antonio for the first time with a matinee game and an evening doubleheader at Alamo Stadium gym.  The matinee game features the Harlem Globetrotters versus the New York Celtics.  The evening games are the New York Celtics against the Philadelphia Sphas and the Globetrotters against the Philadelphia Giants.

19961996
San Antonio hosts the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Michael Jordan wins the MVP award.

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.

1943
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.

19961996
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.

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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.

1996
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.

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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.

1996
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…

1945
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.

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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.

1952
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.

1996
Longtime San Antonio grocers Centeno Supermarkets files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

December 10 in San Antonio history…

1949
The Jefferson Mustangs defeat the Dallas Sunset Bison, 31-13, to win the state championship.

1974
On the 25th anniversary of the station, WOAI-TV changes their call letters to KMOL.

1996
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.