Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8 in San Antonio history...

Among the $50 million worth of new industries and development in San Antonio during the last year is the chain of Handy Andy stores throughout the city.  Starting with one store in this city a year ago, the chain now has 20.

The Texas Supreme Court today upheald the right of the city to levy a 5-cent advertising tax.  The tax is intended to advertise the city as a winter resort, a year-round recreational center and industrial community.

In a surprise move which could mean another full-scale service station war in San Antonio, the gasoline price suddenly nose-dived overnight to a low of 19.9 cents in a large sector of the city.

Friday, April 13, 2012

April 13 in San Antonio...

The Spurs play the Lakers in two back-to-back games in what has to be the only doubleheader in NBA history. The Spurs win both games, 117-114 and 114-109.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3 in San Antonio history...

As their first bicentennial event, Incarnate Word College offers free tours of Brackenridge Villa for four days, April 3-6.  The mansion, previously called Fernridge, was built for George Brackenridge and served as his residence until he sold it to the Sisters of the Incarnate Word for $120,000 in 1897.  It was first opened to public tours in 1969.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 25 in San Antonio history...

The San Antonio Riders, of the World League of American Football, play their first game.  They lose to the Orlando Thunder, 35-34, in the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8 in San Antonio history...

The elevator in the new Clifford Building is now in running order, though the wiring has not yet arrived.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6 in San Antonio history...

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in a triple-overtime thriller, 177-166.  This game remains the highest scoring game in Spurs history.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5 in San Antonio history...

Shakey's Pizza opens its first San Antonio location at 7074 San Pedro Avenue.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29 in San Antonio history...

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

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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

February 26 in San Antonio history...

The USFL's San Antonio Gunslingers play their first game, a home game at Alamo Stadium, against the New Orleans Breakers...   and lose, 13-10.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 19 in San Antonio history...

The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.  The public celebrates with a torchlight parade.  [picture at right from a fresco by Howard Cook in the Houston Street Post Office - 1939]

The Light was in demand because of a picture printed showing Oscar Smith diving to his death at Electric Park on one of Dr. Carver's diving horses. The picture was snapped just as horses and rider left the 40-foot platform to dive into the pool below.

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in San Antonio enroute to Southwest Texas State Teachers College, where she was to lecture.

A police officer's badge may have saved his life when it deflected a bullet fired at close range. Patrolman Valentine Lopez, 25, shot in the abdomen and right arm while investigating a report of a man with a gun, is in "critical but stable" condition.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 28 in San Antonio history...

The Light goes out.  After 112 years, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication.

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12 in San Antonio history...

The new headquarters of San Antonio Savings is nearing completion at Loop 410 and San Pedro Avenue.  It is due to open at the end of the month.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 8 in San Antonio history...

Travis Cotton, 28, of 206 Weaver Street, was waiting when the recruiting office opened and is the first San Antonian to volunteer after the Pearl Harbor attack yesterday.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1 in San Antonio history...

The Light asked San Antonians to assure the city's future by purchasing beer from local breweries rather than ordering from St. Louis.

Congress received a bill from President Harding for spending $12,000,000 on Ft. Sam Houston, Camp Normoyle, Kelly and Brooks Fields.

Park Commissioner Henry Hein scheduled a special pick-up of waste paper and tin cans for a city-wide salvage drive.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30 in San Antonio history...

Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.