Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30 in San Antonio History...

1927
After being closed for 2 years, Woodlawn Lake, the only body of water supplied with "hand-picked" fish, will be open for fishing Sunday. Undesirable fish have been weeded out, leaving a "choice" of 50,000.

1934
The operator of a gun and saddle shop on S. Flores admitted he had sold machine guns and other weapons to George "Baby Face" Nelson and John Dillinger, America's public enemies No. 1 and No. 2.

1977
Archbishop Francis J. Furey was awarded the Texas AFL-CIO St. Joseph the Worker Award for 1977 for his "lifetime commitment to the working people in general and the poor and underprivileged in particular."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29 in San Antonio history...

1872
The old central dome of San Fernando Cathedral is demolished.

1882The Maverick Hotel just opened.

1963
Demolition is begun on the State Theater on Flores Street. This theater was originally named the Majestic and opened in 1913. Houdini appeared onstage there in 1923. The name was changed to the State when the current Majestic Theater was constructed in 1929.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28 in San Antonio History...

1905
Joske's and Wolff and Marx offered Fiesta visitors special bargains in carnival day sales.

1924
J. Louis Frost, prominent San Antonio clothier, died at his residence, 1108 San Pedro.

1967
Max Elbin, president of the Professional Golfer's Association, inspected the Pecan Valley Golf Course and left satisfied the association has selected a good course for the 1968 PGA championship.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27 in San Antonio history...

1882
Bexar County Court House rebuilt on Soledad Street.

1944
San Antonio Transit Company's "transettes," 30 women employed to assist downtown bus riders, observed their first anniversary at company offices.

1946
The super-duper Battle of Flowers Parade was declared worth waiting four years for (Fiesta was canceled during WWII), but an observer doubted whether the aching backs and feet would be rested in another year.

1968
San Antonio Woolco stores offer San Antonio housewives the opportunity to trade-in their husbands. They offer 10 to 15 cents per pound of the husband's weight toward the purchase of Whirlpool appliances.

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26 in San Antonio history...

1933
Comedienne Carol Burnett born in San Antonio to Ina Louise and Joseph Thomas Burnett.

1938:
San Antonio's first steel blast furnace for the casting of steel today was in operation. The $50,000 electric furnace was offically set into motion at the Kincaid-Osburn Electric Steel Co. on S. Zarzamora, last night.

1948:
San Antonio will be the Air Force center of what Congress hopes will be the world's mightiest air force, Rep. Paul Kilday promised today. He said all the current air bases will be expanded in the near future.

1979:
Ira Attebury sprays crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from parked motorhome during Battle of Flowers parade (right). Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25 in San Antonio history...

1876
Contruction begins on the Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston.

1881
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Church is consecrated.

1934
Mrs. Aimee Semple McPherson, gopel evangelist, conducted a faith-healing prayer service at San Antonio's jam-packed Municipal Auditorium.

1955
The city begins administering the first Salk polio vaccine injections at seven city, county and military centers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

April 24 in San Antonio history...

1872
Losoya street is opened to intersect Commerce street.

1948
The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 23 in San Antonio history...

1883
The Alamo church building is bought by the State under an Act of April 23, for $20,000, from the Catholic church authorities.

1917
Dorian Leigh, arguably the world's first supermodel, was born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker in San Antonio.
1928
Passengers will be carried from San Antonio to Dallas on air mail planes in case of emergency, it was announced today by officials of Texas Air Transport, the company conducting the air mail route.
[Texas Air Transport would later become American Airlines.]

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 22 in San Antonio history...

1908
A much improved and beautifully terraced Electric Park opened for the season last night. Everything was newly painted and spick and span. A Ferris wheel, largest in the South, has been added to the amusements.

1948
The 41-week old Apache Packing Company strike, believed to be the longest in the history of San Antonio, ended with the recognition of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen's Union, Local 671, AFL, as bargaining agent for the employees.

1968
Tonight's River Parade features celebrity guests, Don Knotts and Miss Universe 1967, Sylvia Hitchcock (right).

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21 in San Antonio history...

1908
Bexar County commissioners have ordered cells in the jail lined with steel so it will no longer be necessary to keep insane persons chained to jail floors. The lunatics tore the masonry walls down with their fingers when left unchained. Yet one man was chained for two years.

1948
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was resting in his St. Anthony Hotel suite today after arriving in this city to participate in the Fiesta de San Jacinto. Yesterday he recessed to Houston to receive the Battleship Texas as the flagship of the Texas Navy.

1958
Texas doctors have again endorsed San Antonio as their favorite site for the state's third medical branch of the University of Texas. Location of the new branch will be chosed by the legislature. Dallas and Galveston are sites of the university's existing medical schools.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20 in San Antonio history...

1891
President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

1908
The mayor and police officials today agreed to hoodlumism would be permitted during the carnival this year. They outlawed the small whips, loud horns and confetti of former years.

1918
A test of a vacuum street cleaner, which if satisfatory may result in a change in the street cleaning system, will be made tonight. The motor driven machine sucks everything up and cleans four miles an hour.

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19 in San Antonio history...

1938
San Antonio's city tax rate is 17 cents higher than the average rate for Texas cities over 150,000 population, it was revealed today. The average rate is $1.73. San Antonio's rate is $1.90.

1948
Park Street was named yesterday by the Texas Cavaliers as King Antonio XXVI to rule over San Antonio for a week of merriment and frivolity. He will greet his subjects at a colorful river pageant tonight.

1958
Months of research will end in 22.3 seconds of flight for SAC X-2, a rocket constructed in six hours by three San Antonio College engineering physics students. The three are Robert Majers, John Franke and Robin Hook, along with a fourth student who designed the firing device, Carl Zettner.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April 18 in San Antonio history...

1887
The main celebration of San Jacinto Day will be that of the San Antonio Rifles in Boerne. They will give a minstrel show in the afternoon and then in the evening put on an exhibition drill.

1924
All commodity, grain and financial markets closed in San Antonio in observance of Good Friday.

1927
The spirit of Fiesta entered San Antonio with flags and gay bunting hanging from every building. On street corners, carnival stands were laden with the weapons of gaiety.

1934
Opera star Charles Hackett arrived in the Alamo City to sing at coronation ceremonies for the Fiesta Queen at Municipal Auditorium.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17 in San Antonio history....

1904
An exhibit depicting subjects taught in San Antonio schools was shipped to the World's Fair Commission in St. Louis.

1914
Ruby May Woods' "The San Antonio Swing" was announced as the official song of the Fiesta San Jacinto celebration.

1968
The restaurant in the Tower of the Americas opens to the public serving themed dishes, such as: "Our Original Tower Salad", "Fruit Plate Rio Grande" and "Coupe of the Americas."

1977
Mayor Lila Cockrell wins second term in office.

Friday, April 16, 2010

April 16 in San Antonio history...

1914
Freight cars designed especially for cattle made their first appearance in San Antonio on the tracks of the Southern Pacific.

1916
"Daupne and the Pirate," a production starring Lillian Gish was on at the Grand Opera House.

1934
King Antonio XVI, Ward Orsinger in real life, was greeted by Texas Cavaliers at the Southern Pacific station as Fiesta Week began in the Alamo City.

1956
This first day of Fiesta Week started off beautifully with warm, mild days and cool nights.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15 in San Antonio history...

1924
Producer dealers petitioned the City Commission against the use of Haymarket Plaza for the annual carnival held during Fiesta San Jacinto.

1950
The Rigsby Drive-In Theater opens.

1956
Elvis Presley plays his second of three 1956 concerts in San Antonio, at the Municipal Auditorium with a 1:00 p.m. matinee show and an 8 p.m. show.


1988
Sea World of Texas opened amid much fanfare.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 14 in San Antonio history...

1895
Contractors finished plastering the new Bexar County courthouse.

1916
It was indicated the Trades Display Parade to be held during Fiesta Week would be the largest ever seen here.

1937
With the strawberry season at its height, more than 600 pickers are currently employed picking berries at the fields in Poteet, 28 miles south of San Antonio.

1963
The first Starving Artist art show is organized by Rev. Paul Soupiset to raise funds for the food program run by the Little Church of La Villita.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 13 in San Antonio history....

1885: A letter writer said the new electric light pole in Main Plaza resembled a gallows.

1936: Mayor C.K. Quin and City Commissioners denied the San Antonio committee of the Communist Party use of City property for a meeting tonight.

1966: Bexar County's regular poll tax roll of 144,674 voters swelled to 234,382 due to the 89,708 persons who registered under the new free Voter Registration Act.

1976: County Clerk James W. "Jimmy" Knight died of a heart attack. He was often refered to as"Mr. Democrat," because of his work as a political advisor, helping both minor and famous politicians for decades.

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12 in San Antonio history...

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero ("The Alamo") secularized by decree.

1915
The Battle of Flowers Association prepared floats to carry duchesses in the annual parade.

1925
Nurses evacuated 600 patients from Ft. Sam Houston's Red Cross Hospital as an Easter morning fire swept through the building.

1957
Maybelle Hampton, slim blond typist and mother of two, will represent Lackland Air Force Base as Fiesta Queen.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 11 in San Antonio history...

1907
A new summer open air theater is to be built at Avenue E and Houston, diagonally across from the post office.

1925
Mayor John Tobin called for a crackdown on San Antonio dairies with the new milk inspection law designed to prevent watering.

1954
The impending visit of the famed Hilton Siamese twins, Violet and Daisy, to their former home city of San Antonio, revives memories of perhaps the most bizarre civil trial in Bexar County history.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 10 in San Antonio history...

1880
The Avenue C extension of the street car line is begun.

1906
With the approach of summer, the city electrician is kept busy due to the business houses again putting their electric fans into operation.

1934
San Antonio police, already jumpy over reports Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were headed South, were told by federal agents that John Dillinger may be lamming towards San Antonio too.

1944
For the first time since WWII began, the OPA placed a ceiling on ration-free cabrito and goat meat in San Antonio; 30 cents a pound for cabrito, 17 and 30 cents for mature goat cuts.

Friday, April 9, 2010

April 9 in San Antonio history...

1924
Program for the national balloon races to be held at Kelly Field was approved by the National Aeronautical Assn.

1970
First Mate, a San Antonio-based seafood restaurant chain, opens first location at Buena Vista and Zarzamora.

1976
President Gerald Ford visited San Antonio during his re-election campaign and infamously bit into a tamale without removing the husk. (right)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 8 in San Antonio history...

1887
The seven-month drought is unbroken. A public meeting has been called. Prayers will be offered tonight at the synagogue.

1935
New riots broke out between strikers and non-strikers at the pecan-shelling factories on the West side.

1946
The Commisssioners Court unofficially endorsed the underground parking project proposed at Travis Park with an added suggestion another be built under Main Plaza.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 7 in San Antonio history...

1903
The petition of the San Antonio Traction Company for laying a single track between Houston and Dolorosa Street was approved by City Council.

1924
Bible reading exercises, made mandatory by action of the School Board, started the day in all San Antonio schools.

1947
At 6 a.m. today, 1,300 members of the telephone workers' union in San Antonio went on strike in sympathy with their colleagues throughout the nation. Currently, local phone service on the dial system is not affected.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 6 in San Antonio history...

1905
President Theodore Roosevelt was greeted by top city and military officials when his special train arrived for the Rough Riders' reunion.

1926
Complete Sunday observance in San Antonio of the state blue laws may be sought. The local ministerial alliance has gone on record as opposing any change in the dry laws and for closing all businesses on the Sabbath.

1954
The intended parachute jump of Tim Row, who was to land inside Mission Stadium at the opening Texas League game between the Missions and Dallas, has been cancelled.

1968
The Hemisfair, San Antonio's World Fair for 1968, opened to the world.

Monday, April 5, 2010

April 5 in San Antonio history...

1935
Police lassoed a pet alligator gone astray as it sunned itself on Broadway near Brackenridge Park.

1956
The [Freeman] Coliseum was desegregated on the order of the board of managers. An announcement declared that there would be no discrimination "based on race, color or creed of persons lawfully on the Coliseum premises."

1967
The Good Government League was able to elect six of its slate of nine candidates to the City Council, but three were forced into runoffs. Roland Brenner will face Pete Torres; Felix Trevino is in a runoff with Robert A. Schneider and Robert Jones will be opposed by Joe Rainey Manion.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April 4 in San Antonio history...

1886
The building of the Aransas Pass depot has changed that portion of the city into a lively business center. New stores and houses are rapidly being built near it. Property has increased sixfold in value.

1945
Mayor Gus Mauermann and the City Council protested German POWs at area air bases were getting better food than civilians and too much pay for working in military construction jobs.

1948
San Pedro Outdoor Theatre [Drive-In] opens, featuring "Daisy Kenyon" with Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda.
1956
Six Randolph Air Force Base survivors gave details today of the crash of their B-29 off Austin Highway. The place struck a radio tower yesterday and plowed into a field, killing one airman.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April 3 in San Antonio history...

1855
The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published their first issue. It ceased publication 30 Aug 1856.


1883
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Light newspaper rolls off the printing press.

1934
A brake-testing campaign for San Antonio motorists was cancelled as the highway department ordered patrolmen to stand by to aid in a statewide search for Gunman Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

1974
The Happy Jazz Band and the Landing move from the Nix Building to the river level of the Stockman Restaurant.

Friday, April 2, 2010

April 2 in San Antonio history...

1927
Bids for the fire-proofing and remodeling of the City Hall and addition of another story to the building will be opening by the city commission April 12. Plans for a two-story addition were dropped for lack of funds.

1937
Randolph Field personnel turned out in large numbers to get their first glimpse of one of the giant Boeing four-engine bombers. It is known as a YB-17 and it flew non-stop from March Field [Riverside, California] in six hours. [The YB-17 would later be known as the B-17 Flying Fortress and would be used extensively in WWII.]

1977
Computers are used for the first time to tabulate the results of the city election.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1 in San Antonio history...

1906
Electric Park opens near San Pedro Springs

1949
The San Antonio News prints an April Fool's story stating that Mayor Callaghan had proclaimed the week to be "Be Kind to Ostriches Week."

2002
La Gloria dance hall destroyed after 74 years.

2006
The newly renovated Aztec Theatre reopens amid much fanfare.