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October 17 in San Antonio history…

The first person in San Antonio to be arrested and charged with operating an automobile through the streets and making an unusually loud and unnecessary noise is J. L. Garry, a chauffeur.

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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.

Ground is broken for San Antonio’s new Toyota production plant.

June 25 in San Antonio history…

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.

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

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


December 5 in San Antonio history…

Injuries sustained in a highway accident near Schulenburg caused the death of Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 403 Cleveland Court, Alamo Heights, last living daughter of Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution.

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.

Texas A&M defeats the undefeated Kansas State Wildcats, 36-33, in an overtime Big 12 Championship game in the Alamodome.  It was the Aggies’ only Big 12 Championship.

December 3 in San Antonio history…

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.”

Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson appear at the Kelly Field Enlisted Men’s Club to fight exhibition bouts.  Louis’ scheduled exhibition bout was cancelled because his sparring partner, 1st. Sgt. George Nicholson, had undergone a nose operation.  Sugar Ray Robinson boxed Cpl. George J. “Jackie” Wilson.

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

October 17 in San Antonio history…

This advertisement announces the opening of a new branch post office opens in the Rand Building at Houston and Soledad Streets.

1918 – World War I
Donations of material for the miniature bank building to be erected in Alamo Plaza across from the post office as headquarters for the War Savings Stamp campaign are now complete.  Work on the bank will start as soon as materials and mill work can be delivered.

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. It claims 29 lives in seven counties, leaves more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and causes about $1 billion in property damage.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Ending with his sensational “Slide to Death” from the eight-story Alamo National Bank building, Johnny Reynolds, the “human fly,” will put on the most spectacular free show of the week tonight at 8 o’clock in the interest of the Liberty Loan.

“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

Janet Jackson brings her “Velvet Rope Tour” to the Alamodome, featuring an up-and-coming star in Usher Raymond.

June 25 in San Antonio history…

The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library for children, located in the home of the Oblate Fathers on St. Mary’s Street, opens to the public.  The library was established by John and William Sullivan in honor of their mother who passed away last November.

1918 – World War I
Automobiles from Kelly Field will, in the future, be decorated with the insignia of the aviation corps, the red, blue and white concentric circles that are used on the American planes (right).  They will also carry the designation “Air Service Section.”

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

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.

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

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

December 29 in San Antonio history…

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

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.

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.”

 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…

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

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.

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.