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August 10 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Car [streetcar] service between Camp Kelly and the city will be inaugurated Sunday morning by the operation of a shuttle service from the end of the Collins Garden line to the edge of the military reservation. The Public Service Company plans to maintain half hour schedules between the aviation post and the city car line for the present, and later shorten the schedule as the traffic may demand.

1982
Duval County rancher Clinton Manges and his lawyer, Pat Maloney, purchase the San Antonio Bulls franchise of the American Football Association.  They are looking to buy the San Antonio Spurs basketball team.  Team owner and CEO Angelo Drossos says the Spurs are “not for sale at any price” but later says he would entertain a “legitimate” offer with the understanding that the team would remain in San Antonio.

2011
Merle Haggard makes his penultimate San Antonio appearance at the Majestic Theater.

July 8 in San Antonio history…

1917
The gradual elimination of horses and their replacement by motors in all city departments where feasible, is the aim of Mayor Bell. Under this plan no more fire horses will be purchased, but instead motor-driven apparatus will be provided as soon as the horses now in use die or become incapacitated. “It is not our intention to motorize the department at once,” said Mayor Bell, “but instead of buying m ore horses we will purchase tractors or small motor trucks as they may be needed. I believe this will materially increase the efficiency of the department and the cost, in the long run, will be less. In other departments I hope to see motors replace horses, where this is feasible.”

1956
Trustees of the San Antonio Independent School District were expected to authorize the drawing of plans for a new Edison High School. The school was to be on the south side of Fresno Street, east of Blanco Road, and have a capacity of 1,200 students.

2011
Steve Earle plays Gruene Hall.

 

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The new roof garden on the Elks building on Avenue E will be opened to members and their guests for the first time tonight at 8:30 o’clock. Music, dancing and cabaret features
are on the program. The committee which is in charge of the entertainment consists of Al C. Jonas, chairman; Peter Hoefgen and I. A. Victor.

1938
The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

2011
Jerry Seinfeld brings his observational comedy to the Majestic Theater.

May 7 in San Antonio history…

1877
Abraham Wolff and Daniel Marx form a partnership and go into business together as Wolff & Marx.  They would remain one of San Antonio’s most popular mercantile stores until being purchased by competitor Joske’s in 1965.

1917 – World War I
Germans with first intention papers, who made application for final citizenship prior to the declaration of war with Germany were made happy this morning by a federal ruling.  Instead of laboring under the stigma of being “alien enemies,” nearly a dozen are now bona fide citizens of the United States, having renounced allegiance to the kaiser and declared their firm purpose to stand by this country in the present difficulty.

2011
The Mission branch of the San Antonio Library, in the location of the Mission Drive-In theater, holds its grand opening.

February 5 in San Antonio history…

1929
The old City Hall clock which tolled the passing of the hours since it was placed in the tower in 1890 has been declared beyond human aid and will be retired.

1976
City Council declares the Robert E. Lee Hotel a public nuisance.

2010 & 2011
Lady Antebellum performs on this date in two consecutive years at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

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.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

2000
Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, comes to San Antonio for an airshow and a reunion of his WWII 357th Fighter Group squadron.

2011
James McMurtry, singer, songwriter and son of novelist Larry McMurtry, performs at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes.

May 7 in San Antonio history…

1877
Abraham Wolff and Daniel Marx form a partnership and go into business together as Wolff & Marx.  They would remain one of San Antonio’s most popular mercantile stores until being purchased by competitor Joske’s in 1965.

1959
A proposed route for a portion of a north-south expressway for north central San Antonio is unveiled at the City Council meeting.  The proposed route runs from Jones-Maltsberger Road to the northern city limits at Bitters Road.  City Manager Lynn Andrews said that property both north and south of Loop 13 for some disances eventually will contain “large structures and expensive buildings” that do not now exist.

2011
The Mission branch of the San Antonio Library, in the location of the Mission Drive-In theater, holds its grand opening.

April 30 in San Antonio history…

1884
The City Brewery (Pearl) holds its grand opening.

1966
The contract to build a 650-foot tower at the HemisFair site was awarded today to D.J. Rheiner Construction Company.  Architectural details for the unnamed tower will be released within 60 days.

2011
The former Mission Drive-In Theater opens as the 16,400 square foot Mission Branch Library.

 

December 16 in San Antonio history…

1987
KABB 29 goes on the air as San Antonio’s second independent television station and the only one in a year since KRRT took on the new Fox network. In 1995, after spending over seven years as an independent, KABB picked up the Fox affiliation from KRRT, which became affiliated with UPN.

2006
The Alamo Heights Mules claim the Class 4A state title with a 40-28 win over Copperas Cove in the Alamodome.  Copperas Cove features future Heisman trophy winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

2011
City Base Cinema 10 opens at 2623 SE Military Drive.