Friday, July 1, 2011

July 1 in San Antonio history...

1893
The inaugural races of the San Antonio Jockey Club will take place at the fairgrounds July 3 and 4, according to J. R. Hooper, secretary of the club.

1923
Fire Chief J. G. Sarran warned that sparklers are dangerous when used by children and asked San Antonians to join a campaign for a "safe and sane" July 4.

1971
San Antonio begins serving liquor by the drink.  The first five restaurants in San Antonio to receive a mixed beverage license were John Charles Restaurant, The Landing, Big John's Steaks and Oyster Bar, La Fonda on Broadway and La Fonda in Oak Hills.  The Tower of the Americas was the sixth, but they decided to wait until July 2 to begin serving drinks.

1973
Santikos announces the expansion of the Century South theatre to six screens, plus the purchase of three local drive-ins:  the Mission Twin, Lackland and Varsity drive-ins from Gulf States Theaters of New Orleans.

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