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June 25 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Katherine Stinson, the San Antonio aviatrix, completed her Red Cross flight from Buffalo to Washington D.C. when she arrived late this afternoon. Miss Stinson was received by a large crowd of Red Cross officials who escorted her to the office of Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo, to whom she presented the first check from Buffalo for the Red Cross.

1971
The Doobie Brothers make their debut in San Antonio at Joe Freeman Coliseum with Mother Earth and Giant Smiling Dog.

1997
The Spurs select Tim Duncan, a 6′ 11″ forward from Wake Forest University, with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.

May 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson signs the Selective Service Act of 1917, instituting a military draft.  The act designates the draft system as “selective service” rather than using the unpopular term “conscription.”  The draft will remain in effect until the end of the war.

1987
The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

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Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan (Spurs majority owner Peter Holt, right)

 

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.”

August 13 in San Antonio history…

1928
Before the end of the week the city expects to own all of the land necessary for the right-of-way of the crosstown flood prevention channel.  The channel will run from the back of the Public Service Company across Commerce, Market and Dolorosa, connecting with the river again in the rear of the Plaza Hotel.

1959
Mayor Kuykendall drove off behind the wheel of a spanking new Cadillac today, the first city-owned chariot since Maury Maverick was in office.  A limousine for the mayor was discontinued during World War II.

1997
Northside School District opens three new elementary schools – Monroe May , Virginia Myers and Henry Steubing – thanks to a $98 million bond package approved by voters in 1995.

July 7 in San Antonio history…

1961
Eric Brendler, manager of Interstate’s Broadway theater, advises that 178 sets of twins, ranging from 5 to 65 years, responded to the newspaper announcement that the town’s twins would be admitted free to see Walt Disney’s “The Parent Trap” on opening day. The picture is now going into a second week.

1962
San Antonio resident Karen Hantze Susman (right) wins the women’s singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Vera Sukova of Czechoslovakia in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.  She also wins the women’s doubles title with her partner, Billie Jean Moffitt (later King).

1997
The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County.Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.

June 25 in San Antonio history…

1977
Participants in a forum on homosexual rights last night mapped plans for a march tomorrow to culminate local observances of “Gay Pride Week” here in San Antonio.

1997
The Spurs select Tim Duncan, a 6′ 11″ forward from Wake Forest University, with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.

1998
Christie’s , the longtime San Antonio seafood restaurant that first opened its doors in 1942, closes for good.

May 18 In San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1987
The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

1997Peter-Holt-draft-1109-306x272
Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan (Spurs majority owner Peter Holt, right)

February 8 in San Antonio history…

1900
Many leading citizens of San Antonio have suggested that the new Carnegie Library be placed in the center of Main Plaza or one of the other centrally located parks, like the City Hall and Market House are.  “As Travis Park is to have a Confederate monument at its center, Milam Square a monument in its center and Alamo Plaza some day a monument to the fallen heroes of the Alamo in its center, Main Plaza appears to be the only plaza left free for this purpose.” – San Antonio Light

1968
TV’s Channel 12 is purchased by the Out Let Company of Providence, RI and changes call letters from KONO-TV to KSAT.

1997
The Dixie Chicks play Cibolo Creek Country Club with the Patty David band opening.  This is their final San Antonio appearance in a small club before superstardom. The Chicks would begin recording their multi-platinum “Wide Open Spaces” album a month after this concert.  Their next San Antonio appearance would be in the Alamodome in 1999 as part of George Strait’s Country Music Festival.

August 13 in San Antonio history…

1937
Mary, a 26-year-old spider monkey known to thousands of San Antonians, died in the Brackenridge Park zoo hospital this morning. She was the first animal to be placed in the zoo and the first spider monkey born in the U.S.

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The Dallas Cowboys play their first game in the state of Texas right here in San Antonio – an exhibition game in Alamo Stadium against the newly relocated (from Chicago) St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals, featuring Texas Aggies John David Crow &  Bobby Joe Conrad, win, 20-13.

1997
Northside School District opens three new elementary schools – Monroe May , Virginia Myers and Henry Steubing – thanks to a $98 million bond package approved by voters in 1995.

July 7 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
General Joseph Joffre, Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western front, tells the Allied conference at Chantilly that a simultaneous attack on all four fronts would be the best strategy.

1976
The huge B-52 aircraft that launched most of the X-15 rockets in pioneer United States space efforts arrived at Kelly Air Force Base today for modifications that will make it useful in the 1979 space shuttle and the Pioneer-Venus programs. No. 0008 is the oldest of the B-52 aircraft still flying. The plane will undergo $272,000 worth of maintenance and updating inspection at Kelly, an Air Force spokesman said. Officials said the B-52 would be instrumental in preparing for the space shuttle by taking the shuttle craft up 100,000 feet (27 miles) and jettisoning two engines of the craft to float to earth under 120-feet diameter parachutes.

1981
A four-foot square piece of limestone was pried out of the wall of the KENS-TV building today.  Behind the stone was a time capsule consisting of four locked vaults.  They were placed there on July 7, 1956 during the dedication of the then-new home of KENS-TV and KENS Radio.  Susan Howard, who plays Donna Culver on the TV show “Dallas” was on hand to open the vaults.  Master of ceremonies was Joe Alston, better known as “Captain Gus.”

1997
The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County.Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.