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April 13 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Following an address by General Pershing at the Rotary Club luncheon in the St. Anthony Hotel today at noon in which he urged universal liability to military service as the only logical method by which the United States can build an army to wage a successful war against Germany, a resolution was unanimously adopted favoring conscription. The 200 Rotarians and their guests rose as one man when the resolution was read and passed it by acclamation. There was not a dissenting voice. It was one of the most spontaneous and impressive demonstrations of patriotism ever seen in San Antonio.

1998
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood perform the first of six consecutive shows at the Alamodome.

2008
The grand opening festivities are held for the newly renovated Main Plaza

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December 29 in San Antonio history…

The Alamo Bowl has most often been played on this date.  Some notable games:

1998
Downcast after going undefeated through the regular season, only to lose to Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship game, the Kansas State Wildcats lose again to the Purdue Boilermakers, quarterbacked by Drew Brees, 34-30.   The Wildcats are shut out in the opening quarter for the first time this season and only total four first downs, 63 total yards, four turnovers, a blocked field goal, seven penalties for 56 yards and three sacks in the first half.

2007
The Penn State Nittany Lions win Alamo Bowl XV, probably motivated in part by a remark made by a Texas A&M yell leader at a pep rally two days earlier, “Joe Paterno’s on his death bed! And someone needs to find him a casket!”  Coach Paterno was nonplussed, remarking, “Maybe he’s accurate.  I don’t know.”

2011
 The Baylor Bears with Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III (right) defeat the Washington Huskies in the 19th annual Alamo Bowl by a score of 67 to 56, setting all sorts of records in the process:

  • Baylor set school bowl records for points in a quarter, half and a game.
  • The 43 combined third-quarter points set a Valero Alamo Bowl record.
  • Baylor’s 67 points are the most scored by a team in FBS bowl history (previous was 66 by Nebraska in 2000 Alamo Bowl).
  • Baylor and Washington established a FBS bowl record for most combined points (123) in a regulation bowl game (previous was 2001 GMAC Bowl; Marshall and East Carolina were tied 51-51 before heading into overtime).
  • Baylor and Washington established a FBS bowl record for most combined yards of total offense with 1,397, shattering the previous mark of 1,211 total yards set in the 2005 Insight Bowl.
  • Baylor established a FBS bowl record for most yards of total offense with 777, shattering the previous mark of 718 total yards set by Arizona State in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl.

November 1 in San Antonio history…

1992
San Antonio’s telephone area code changes from 512 to 210.

1995
The ordinance banning smoking in the Alamodome takes effect today.  Two entrances on both the east and west sides of the dome have been designated smoking exits. Cigarette urns will be set up in the plaza outside those exits. Fans who care to step outside for a quick puff or two will receive fuschia smoking passes, which they must show – along with a ticket stub – to get back inside the building.

1998
Canadian-born Shania Twain performs a sold-out show at the Alamodome in support of her “Come On Over” album.  Leahy, a nine-piece, fiddle-playing family band is the opening act.

 

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.

December 5 in San Antonio history…

1979
The San Antonio Spurs play the Philadelphia 76’ers in the Spectrum where Darryl Dawkins shatters his second backboard in a month. The game is delayed one hour to fix the backboard and the Spurs lose, 132-120.

1990
Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.

1998
Texas A&M defeats the previously undefeated Kansas State Wildcats, 36-33, in an overtime Big 12 Championship game in the Alamodome.

December 3 in San Antonio history…

1869
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word formally dedicate Santa Rosa Hospital, then known as Charity Hospital, located at Cameron and Commerce Streets.  An advertisement in the San Antonio Express promised that the Infirmary would open to “all persons without distinction of nationality or creed.”

1994
On the eve of her concert in HemisFair Arena, Selena debuts her new women’s wear line designed by her and San Antonio native Martin Gomez.  “I probably would have been a designer if I hadn’t gone into entertaining,” she confided. “I’ve always loved fashion. It was my dream to produce a line of clothing like this, but I was always too busy.”

1998
Willie Nelson finally performs at Gruene Hall – for the first time!

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1909
President William Howard Taft is due to arrive at 7:10 p.m. today on the presidential train.

1922
A U.S. Army balloon, C-2, is caught by a crosswind and blown into its hangar at Brooks Field.  The escaping hydrogen ignites, destroying the aircraft.

1998>October 17 in San Antonio history...
A storm system dumps a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights (right). It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.

June 25 in San Antonio history…

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World War I – 1915
On this day in 1915, the German press publishes an official statement from the country’s war command addressing the German use of poison gas at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres two months earlier.

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.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

1909>November 20 in San Antonio history...
The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1938
An old rock quarry, east of San Jacinto Park and near Brackenridge Park was approved by Mayor C. K. Quin as the site of the proposed athletic stadium for the public school system.

1998
Depeche Mode comes to San Antonio for the first time and performs at the Alamodome.  Stabbing Westward opens.

October 17 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Four German destroyers are sunk by four British destroyers and a cruiser.

1909
President William Howard Taft was due to arrive at 7:10 p.m. today on the presidential train.

1998
A storm system dumped a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights. It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.