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August 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Provision to protect harvesting from shortage of hands due to the mobilization of the National army has been made by the government in regulations going out to the exemption boards. Men needed in fields to complete harvesting will be permitted to remain at work until the need for them passes. Local boards will determine what men are necessary in this class.

1993
Ground is broken for the new Central Library building at 600 Soledad Street.

1999
Singer Kelly Willis plays a concert in Gruene Hall while her brother-in-law Charlie Robison plays the Cabaret in Bandera.

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July 1 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Karl Robert Armin Ritter is now a member of the regular infantry stationed at Camp Wilson. This statement may appear very commonplace until one finds out who Armin Ritter is, and how many other roles he has played. Then it takes on an entirely different aspect. Ritter, in his 27 years of life, has in turn been a Texas cowboy, a trick rider, expert rifle shot and mock soldier with a German “Wild West” show, a war refugee, a cowboy again and finally a real soldier in the United States Army.

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The San Antonio Texans, the Alamo City’s Canadian Football League franchise, wins their first-ever game, 47-24, over the Shreveport Pirates.  There are many real Texans on the team, including position coaches Guy Morriss and Bill Bradley, Phil Brown and Grady Cavness from Texas and Lance Teichelman from Texas A&M.

1999
Radio station KCJZ 106.7 changes its format at midnight from the smooth jazz of Kenny G and the Rippingtons to the “Jammin’ Hits” format, heavy on R&B and dance music.

June 26 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1917
On this day in 1917, the first 14,000 U.S. infantry troops land in France at the port of Saint Nazaire. The landing site had been kept secret because of the menace of German submarines, but by the time the Americans had lined up to take their first salute on French soil, an enthusiastic crowd had gathered to welcome them. However, the “Doughboys,” as the British referred to the green American troops, were untrained, ill-equipped, and far from ready for the difficulties of fighting along the Western Front.

1917
Thirty-three veterans of the Spanish-American war join together to form Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76, the first in the State of Texas (right).  Congratulations on your centennial!

1999
The Spurs win their first NBA Championship in five games over the New York Knicks.

May 31 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio newspapers report that Miss Katherine Stinson has returned to the city after spending the winter flying in Japan and China.

1968
Randy’s Rodeo holds its grand opening featuring Johnny Bush.  Legendary acts such as Rush, U2 and the Sex Pistols would all play their first San Antonio gigs at Randy’s.

1999
Sean Elliott hits the “Memorial Day Miracle” 3-point shot with 9.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs over the Portland Trailblazers, 86-85, in game two of the series.

December 9 in San Antonio history…

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is first broadcast, at 6:30 on CBS (KENS Channel 5).

1968
Mrs. Steve Nava, of 218 Wingate Street, becomes the first patient directly admitted to the new $17.5 million Bexar County Hospital (now University Hospital).

1999
Neighborhoods are paralyzed, schools emptied and businesses shuttered after a tractor-trailer jackknifes and overturns, dumping nearly 5,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid onto a downtown freeway ramp.

August 16 in San Antonio history…

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Donald “Donnie” Roan Dunagan is born in San Antonio.  Mr. Dunagan served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted 13 times in 21 years, retiring with the rank of Major.  He was the Marine Corp’s youngest drill instructor.  He also served three tours in Vietnam and earned the Purple Heart three times and the Bronze Star. However, you may know him as thevoice of Walt Disney’s “Bambi.”

1940
The river theater will be named the Arneson Open-Air Theater in honor of the late Edwin P. Arneson, if the city-accepts the suggestion of the San Antonio Technical Club. Mayor Maury Maverick announced today he had received resolutions adopted by this club asking that this honor be bestowed. The mayor said he presumed the city would accede to the request.

1999
North East School District opens their first new high school since 1976 – Ronald Reagan High School – off Huebner Road north of Loop 1604.

June 26 in San Antonio history…

1915
The Soledad Roof outdoor movie theater opens “on the banks of the San Antonio River where cool breezes blow.”  Along with motion pictures – music, dancing and live entertainment is offered. The rooftop theater is located on top of the building that would later house Solo Serve downtown.

1963
Postmaster Dan Quill said the “master” number of the new ZIP code designations for San Antonio is 782.

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The San Antonio Spurs win their first NBA championship with a game five victory over the New York Knicks (right).

June 8 in San Antonio history…

1897
West Texas Military Academy (now Texas Military Institute) graduates the class of 1897 – including future General Douglas MacArthur.  Gen. MacArthur was one of the original 49 cadets from the first class at W.T.M.A. in 1893-94.

1962
A front page article in the San Antonio Light declares that a Texan and former U.S. Marine who once said he “would never return to the United States for any reason” was on his way home with his baby daughter and Russian bride.  His name?  Lee Harvey Oswald.

1999
British rock band Def Leppard plays in the parking lot for the grand opening of the new Walmart store at I-10 and DeZavala Road.

May 31 in San Antonio history…

1874
Congregation Temple Beth-El is organized.

1994
Depeche Mode makes their first-ever appearance in San Antonio at Convention Center Arena.

1999
Sean Elliott hits the “Memorial Day Miracle” 3-point shot with 9.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs over the Portland Trailblazers, 86-85, in game two of the series.

February 22 in San Antonio history…

1957
Old 794 was offically handed over to the city.  The last of Southern Pacific’s steam locomotives will be a permanent display at Maverick Park. (It will remain there until 1999, when it was moved to Sunset Station. – Ed.)

1980
San Antonians watch the tape-delayed prime-time coverage of the highly-anticipated Olympic hockey match between the USSR and USA, on KSAT Channel 12.  The underdog Americans stun the highly-favored Russians, 4-3.
“Do you believe in miracles?  YES!”

1999
Amtrak opens a new passenger station between Sunset Station and the Alamodome.