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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

June 9 in San Antonio history…

1932
The Southwestern Bell Telephone people are busy planning a campaign for the event they call the Big Conversion. They are getting ready to switch over to the dial telephone system.

1950
The South Loop 13 Drive-In Theater, the fifth in the city, opens with “The Outlaw”.

2008
All four ramps of the 281/410 interchange ramp project are completed.

February 29 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1916
A San Antonio firm has been asked to produce war munitions for Europe.  The material wanted is for forgings for shrapnel and high explosive shells. E. A. Holmgreen, President of Alamo Iron Works, said, “This is the third request of the kind that we have received.  We will not do the work because we are working to capacity on other things – materials demanded by Texas folk instead of something needed by Europe.”

1822
Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada are secularized.

1860
Cornerstone of First Presbyterian Church laid with much religious ceremony at Flores and Houston Streets.

2008
Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama comes to San Antonio and gives a speech at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

January 31 in San Antonio history…

1949
The lowest temperature ever in San Antonio is recorded on this day.  The mercury plunges to a brutally cold 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the city shivers under a 4.7 inch snowfall.

1967
Just four days after the fatal fire that killed three astronauts during a “plugs out” test of Apollo I, two airmen are killed during a similar test inside a space cabin simulator at Brooks AFB.  Like the Apollo I astronauts, the airmen at Brooks were working in a pressurized atmosphere of 100 percent oxygen.  A spark caused a flash fire and the airmen were severely burned.

2008>January 31 in San Antonio history...
The Walgreen’s on Houston Street (right) closes, slated for demolition.  It opened in that location on October 19, 1929.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
In Africa, the German Southwest Africa colony (present day Namibia) is taken by the Allies following 11 months of fighting between the Germans and South African and Rhodesian troops loyal to the British.

1976
Plans for a $16.1 million expansion at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were approved today by the UT System regents. Officials said the construction will add 179,012 square feet, and is expected to be completed in about 30 months.

2005
Olmos Pharmacy is listed as item # 4392862742 for sale on eBay.

2008
Crews begin cutting down nine live oaks on Houston Street today to make way for downtown’s first Embassy Suites.

May 6 in San Antonio history…

1956
Radio station WOAI returned to 50,000-watt power when its new 435-foot tower at Selma went into operation today (right). The tower replaces the one hit and demolished by a B-29 from Randolph Air Force Base April 3. Erection of the new tower was completed in a little over three weeks. During reconstruction of the tower at Selma, WOAI operated on an auxiliary power of 5,000 watts.

1976
San Antonio City Council unanimously passes an ordinance requesting that the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation name the North Freeway (IH-10) for former mayor Walter W. McAllister.

2008
A four-alarm fire burns the main building at Our Lady of the Lake University causing $15 million in damage.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

World War I – July 9, 1914:
The [London] Times publishes an account of the Austro-Hungarian press campaign against the Serbians (who are described as “pestilent rats”).

1982
Spontaneous combustion caused by towels soaked in linseed oil was believed to be the cause of a $250,000 blaze at the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club on the city’s northwest side.  The towels were left by an employee applying preservative to the floor.  ”Nobody told him about how combustible linseed oil can become when combined with a fiber material and that’s what happened in this case,” said arson detective Larry Foraker.

2005
Olmos Pharmacy is listed as item # 4392862742 for sale on eBay.

2008
Crews begin cutting down nine live oaks on Houston Street today to make way for downtown’s first Embassy Suites.

June 9 in San Antonio history…

1932
The Southwestern Bell Telephone people are busy planning a campaign for the event they call the Big Conversion. They are getting ready to switch over to the dial telephone system.

1943
San Antonio police and the Bexar County sheriff’s department joined a 100-county manhunt for five German POW’s who escaped from the internment compound at Ft. Hood.

2008
All four ramps of the 281/410 interchange ramp project are completed.

June 7 in San Antonio history…

1927
A steam shovel is used for the first time in San Antonio in construction of Commercial National Bank.

1953
The historic Nic Tengg home, owned by the Tengg family for over 101 years, has been sold to Joske’s of Texas as an addition to the store’s parking lot.  The two-story wood, brick and adobe house – long a landmark at 326 E. Crockett St. – will end its colorful career as it gives way to progress and a growing, bustling city.

2008
Jorrie’s (later Lack’s) Furniture Building is razed (right).  “We’re devastated. If this building had been allowed to go through the process, they would have discovered a little buried jewel underneath,” says Marcie Ince, president of the San Antonio Conservation Society.

May 6 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Grenet Alamo property is sold for $40,200 to Hugo & Schmeltzer.

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The San Antonio Light reports: “A new eye-scream saloon is opened at 235 Houston Street.”

2008
A four-alarm fire burns the main building at Our Lady of the Lake University causing $15 million in damage. (right) (AP photo)